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Kitchen of the Week: A Glamorous Design by Well-Priced Bespoke UK Workshop Naked Kitchens

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Kitchen of the Week: A Glamorous Design by Well-Priced Bespoke UK Workshop Naked Kitchens

April 11, 2019

Just when we were starting to wonder if we had OD’d on brass accents, we discovered a kitchen in Normandy with a shiny backsplash: see Riverside House from an Upstart American Restaurateur. And then we came across this appealing setup that manages to feel both dressy and low-key. So now we’re thinking: bring on the brass backsplashes.

Naked Kitchens, a UK outfit with a combined showroom and workshop—both open for tours—came up with the green and brass design. Known as the Ladbroke, it’s one of 10 model kitchen on display at the company headquarters in Norfolk, England, which is also home to Norfolk Oak, makers of wood countertops. The operation was founded by entrepreneurs Jayne and Jamie Everett in 2006, when they needed a new kitchen themselves and “couldn’t reconcile the value proposition the market was offering: we saw the need for a well-priced offering made from quality materials,” says Jayne. They now produce custom kitchens—477 of them in 2018— and over the years have increasingly invested in high-tech machinery as a way to efficiently crank out traditional details like mortise and tenon joints and dovetails, which are then hand finished. Prospective customers can come see the work and gather inspiration from designs such as the Ladbroke—and then watch their kitchen being made.

Photography courtesy of Naked Kitchens.

the walls and cabinets—with naked kitchen&#8\2\17;s slab doors and cutou 9
Above: The walls and cabinets—with Naked Kitchen’s Slab doors and cutout handles—are painted a moody shade the company calls Samphire. A counter of black American walnut extends out from one end to create a “floating breakfast bar” that can be used as a work surface or a table. The shelves against the wall are also solid black walnut, and the walnut stool is made for the company by an Amish workshop in Ohio.
the counter and sink are composed of carrara marble and a clear epoxy resin tha 10
Above: The counter and sink are composed of Carrara marble and a clear epoxy resin that, Jayne explains, “bonds the marble and makes it waterproof.”
the brass backsplash is pre aged with a hand applied splatter pattern, and then 11
Above: The brass backsplash is pre-aged with a hand-applied splatter pattern, and then lacquered with a “non-porous coating to protect from continued tarnishing and fix the patina.”

The cabinets are composed of walnut-veneered birch plywood that shows through the cut-out handles which are highlighted in gold leaf.

the polished brass faucet is part of a limited edition made locally for naked k 12
Above: The polished brass faucet is part of a limited edition made locally for Naked Kitchens.
Above L: A fitted cutlery drawer—the company customizes the proportions to each customer’s needs. Note that the marble counter extends to serve as base for the cooktop. Above R: Peg storage for pots and pans. (If you’re admiring the Dutch ovens, see Colorful Cookware from Italy.)
the far wall is horizontally paneled in walnut. the floor is limed oak. 15
Above: The far wall is horizontally paneled in walnut. The floor is limed oak.
to accommodate the breakfast bar, the drawers at the end of the counter are ori 16
Above: To accommodate the breakfast bar, the drawers at the end of the counter are oriented on the side: “to create an extra element of storage with easy access, “says Jayne. “It’s one of any number of variations you can use to maximize every element of a kitchen when you are fully bespoke.”

Naked Kitchen’s bespoke designs start at £8,000 (the Ladbroke, they say, runs in the vicinity of £12,000).  The company also has a more affordable line of modular, readymade cabinets called 80/20 Kitchens.

Working on your own kitchen? Peruse our Kitchen of the Week archive.

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