Seamless, Contemporary Open-plan Living with Mark Taylor Design

With its clean, contemporary styling, this kitchen project from British furniture manufacturer and interior design specialist Mark Taylor Design is an excellent example of modern kitchen design at its best.

Beautifully demonstrating the way in which Mark Taylor Design’s highly experienced, expert team works with clients to create extraordinary, truly bespoke spaces that enhance the properties in which they are situated, this stunning kitchen features an exquisite, open-plan design.

The clients, a married couple who were restoring their six-bedroom Georgian house in Oxfordshire, were looking for a clean, modern kitchen that would utilise the open-plan layout of the ground floor and seamlessly incorporate a dining, kitchen and living space.

Head of interior design Susanna Hall explains: “The layout, like most kitchen designs, went through various redesign stages. The house itself was being restored, so walls were constantly changing location or being removed. The design evolved from combining key aspects that the clients loved from a number of iterations of the core idea.”

The kitchen looks out across a stunning garden and is visible as you walk into the property so Mark Taylor Design wanted to create a design that complemented both the interior and exterior of the house.

“The ceilings were relatively high and we, therefore, had to think about ensuring the high-level storage was easily accessible,” continues Susanna. “We brought down the ceiling by building in a bulkhead, which reduced the total height of the kitchen area and in turn created a frame for our bespoke kitchen to slot into.”

This distinctive kitchen features a large rectangular island, which incorporates a stunning timber breakfast bar and seating area for two, while also providing ample space for preparing food. The shadow gap around the entire kitchen creates a freestanding feel to the units and the flush, handle-less furniture enhances the clean, contemporary design. The island is painted in Farrow & Ball Hague Blue, which contrasts beautifully with the lighter Farrow & Ball Cornforth White used on the wall units.

“We wanted to create a design with clean lines, using materials and colours that complemented the space, but did not create a harsh contrast to the traditional feel of the house,” continues Susanna. “It is a very tranquil space with light streaming in from all angles and what they have enhances the flow of the property.”

Bespoke kitchens by Mark Taylor Design, excluding appliances and surfaces, start from £30,000.

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