Fulham, London

About the project

Located in a peaceful residential street in the heart of Fulham, this luxury villa required a comprehensive kitchen transformation. This was part of an extensive whole property renovation project.

We worked closely with the client and premium building contractors GM Developments – to open up and redesign the space. We were asked to design and install a completely bespoke kitchen setting, to be enjoyed by the owner and her teenage son, who also love to entertain.

It was important to keep the family feel, and craft a multi-functional sociable space that could accommodate daily life. To achieve this, we completely reimagined the layout of the kitchen. This involved removing a wall to open up the area to create a much larger, open-plan kitchen, dining and living space. The new kitchen footprint measures 7.3m x 4.0m, and overlooks beautiful landscaped gardens.

We created a fresh, contemporary, yet timeless bespoke kitchen for this luxury villa. We  hand-crafted in-frame kitchen furniture, and hand-painted it in Farrow & Ball shades of Pigeon and Green Smoke. Our client wanted to have fun with colour, so she made this palette ‘pop’ by adding her own pink accents. The kitchen also looks out onto the garden, which features pink tulips and other flowers that enhance these accent colours.

We took great care to ensure that the kitchen renovation complemented the luxury villa’s period Italian-style heritage. Working with bespoke furniture is a tried-and-tested strategy for honouring the old, in order to balance the new. In this case, the in-frame kitchen design and Shaker doors added a classic finish to a fresh, contemporary setting.

We teamed the bespoke cabinetry with a Silestone splashback and worktops in Snowy Ibiza, and Pushka hardware. Stunning bespoke kitchen cabinetry deserves to be complemented by suitably high-end appliances. Our client is a keen cook, so we chose the Miele KM3034-1 Gas Hob, which offers four burners and one dual wok burner. We sited this hob in the island, so friends and family can gather around the breakfast bar to chat during food prep and the cooking process.

Mindful of the room’s multi-functional requirements, a TV/media wall area added a practical, family-friendly touch. And to further enhance the sociable ambience, the old dining room was opened up and incorporated into the new kitchen.

All projects of this magnitude incorporate design obstacles to overcome, and this luxury villa was no exception. Initially, the client was unsure whether to proceed with removing the existing wall between the old kitchen and the dining room. So our dedicated team delivered different versions of the new design. We understand that as the heart and identity of a home, a kitchen is a truly personal space. And we pride ourselves on really listening to clients, in order to imagine settings that work specifically for how they wish to live.

However, after detailed discussions between us, the client and the developer, it was decided that the new kitchen would be much bigger, and more enjoyable, as an open-plan space. Once the wall in question had been removed, there would still have been pinch points around the standard kitchen island, with not enough space for comfortable movement. Our solution was to add curves to the island design, to accommodate the space available. This helps to highlight how bespoke joinery always facilitates maximum creative freedom.

Installing a downdraft extractor eliminated the need for an overhead extractor fan. Venting hobs like this help to create a sleeker, uncluttered aesthetic; are far more flexible in terms of kitchen layout; and are especially suited to central kitchen islands. This luxury villa kitchen also has a Quooker tap, which has become a must-have item for most of the designs we work on.

Most of our bespoke kitchen designs have practical extras. This luxury villa’s kitchen has a pantry – an option that is often high on a wish-list, thanks to its versatility. Many clients use their pantry to bulk-store food items. This client has used hers as a coffee station and showcase for her mug and vase collection.

If you have a bespoke vision for your own space, our design team would love to discuss the possibilities with you.

The BRANDS we used


Et Lorem have just designed and fitted the most beautiful kitchen for me. Professional, responsive and creative – every member of the team really understands the art of kitchen design and what really works. They are a pleasure to work with.”
Tina Alexandrou

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