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Steal This Look: A London Efficiency Kitchen on a Budget (Plus, It’s for Sale)

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Steal This Look: A London Efficiency Kitchen on a Budget (Plus, It’s for Sale)

February 14, 2017

Our kind of efficiency apartment: a 451-square-foot one-bedroom flat in London designed with plenty of built-in storage and hidden utility closets. The tiny open kitchen is constructed of sustainable cross-laminated timber, concealed Smeg appliances, and Corian countertops. (Bonus points: The apartment is part of the Spruce Apartments in Barret’s Grove by architect Amin Taha and is listed for sale on The Modern House.) Here it is, along with some ideas for re-creating the look.

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Above: A Corian-lined cubby set into the raw timber cabinetry.

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Above: A detail of the sleek cooking area.

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Above: A wider view of the kitchen shows how the space opens into the living room.

Faucets & Fixtures

brizo solna single handle pull down spray kitchen faucet 12

Above: The Brizo Solna Single Handle Pull-Down Spray Kitchen Faucet in white is $401.76 at eFaucets. For more, see 10 Easy Pieces: Pull-Down Sprayer Faucets.

blanco precis super single bowl sink in white 13

Above: The Blanco Precis Super Single Bowl Sink in white granite is $342.74 at Amazon.

Wall Storage

ikea grundtal 23 inch stainless steel rail 14

Above: Ikea’s Grundtal 23.25-Inch Stainless Steel Rail is $7.99. The shorter Grundtal 15.75-Inch Stainless Steel Rail can be linked to the other lengths from Ikea for a more custom look; $6.99.

Appliances

bluestar london flat series 24 inch under cabinet hood 15

Above: The BlueStar London Flat Series 24-Inch Under Cabinet Wall Hood is $3,138 at AJ Madison.

smeg 4 zone white induction cooktop 16

Above: The Smeg 4-Zone White Induction Cooktop measures about 23.6 inches wide; $2,518 at Whitfords.

smeg electric tea kettle in red 17

Above: The Smeg Electric Tea Kettle in Red is $129.95 at Williams-Sonoma. Another option is the KitchenAid 1.7-Liter Electric Kettle in Empire Red for $99.13 at Amazon. For more, see our post 10 Easy Pieces: Electric Kettles.

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Above: The Smeg Retro 2-Slice Toaster in Red (shown) is $149.99 at Bed, Bath & Beyond. The KitchenAid 2-Slice All-Metal Toaster in Empire Red is $49.99 at Bed, Bath & Beyond.

Furniture

magis tavolo xz3 round table in white 19

Above: The Magis Tavolo XZ3 Round Table is $1,029 at Hive Modern.

ikea raskog bar stool in blue 20

Above: Ikea’s Råskog Blue Bar Stool is $34.99.

Accessories

ikea ribba frame in white 21

Above: The triptych Ribba Frame in white is $9.99 at Ikea.

normann copenhagen and anne lehmann illusion tea towels 22

Above: The Illusion Tea Towel, shown in green, by Normann Copenhagen and Anne Lehmann is $18 at A+R Store.

ikea bittergurka white plant pot 23

Above: The Bittergurka Plant Pot is a compact, powder-coated steel planter for the countertop; $9.99 at Ikea.

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