This family were inspired by their love of Japan for their bespoke kitchen in Lancashire, so the brief was to recreate the look and feel of a Tokyo noodle bar for a kitchen in the back-room extension of their suburban home in Blackburn.
The layout – a U-shaped kitchen with open storage suspended above eye level – begins immediately to the left of its entrance from the hallway. Here, the mixture of illuminated open shelving and sliding-door storage housing the fully integrated extractor fan is held in place by an oak supporting structure. Below it, a modular Siemens cooking system comprising a two-point induction hob, a double gas burner and the essential wok burner sits within the black Dekton worksurface, allowing the chef to cook while enjoying the sight of their beautiful Japanese-style garden, complete with tea house. At base level bar-side, illuminated shelving displays the family’s treasures, while on the kitchen side, two double three-drawer units and a storage cupboard takes this run to its end. Returning back from this peninsula corner towards the main run of the kitchen, a single storage cupboard rests against the exterior wall’s nib, adorned with the family’s collection of Japanese sushi knives above. Also here, a distinctive and decorative slatted wall flanks this end, separating the kitchen from the seasonally interchangeable living/dining area beyond. Heading further back, this exterior wall continues into the corner with a large window beginning at worktop height occupying the full depth of the kitchen units. Along the main kitchen run, heading away from the adjacent window, is a storage cupboard, a sink unit housing the 1.5 stainless steel undermounted Franke sink with matching tap, plus the fully integrated Siemens dishwasher. Above, a single box shelf displays more of the family’s travelling treasures. The run culminates with a floor- to-ceiling collection of tall units housing two Siemens ovens, a tall integrated Siemens fridge-freezer and a narrow pull-out larder cupboard.
For the colour scheme, the family opted for a walnut veneer to sit alongside a black and dark blue laminate, nicely lifted with pops of orange lending the kitchen a wonderful evening glow. The scheme was finished with white ceilings and walls and dark bamboo flooring.
Kitchen Cabinets - Birch Plywood | Worktop - Dekton | Kitchen Doors and Drawers - Walnut Veneer, Blue, Black and Orange Laminate | Appliances - Siemens