Articles About Artichoke

 

Country Life

“A stunning country kitchen, which draws inspiration from the late Victorian kitchen at Lanhydrock, Cornwall”
https://www.countrylife.co.uk/interiors/stunning-country-kitchen-draws-inspiration-late-victorian-kitchen-lanhydrock-cornwall-187969#JdtBDk3V3wS4ByPJ.99

 

Architectural Digest

“People are obsessed with that kitchen”, says Michael Smith, the interior designer on our recent Kensington project.
http://www.architecturaldigest.com/decor/2014-09/natalie-massenet-michael-smith-london-mansion-article

 

My Design Chic

“We all know the kitchen is heart of the home. And we think few designers know how to get that heart in shape like Artichoke.”
http://www.mydesignchic.com/2013/09/in-good-taste-artichoke-ltd/

 

Dear Designer Blog

“As bespoke kitchens go, this one is pretty damn close to perfection for me.”
http://deardesigner.co.uk/a-modern-rustic-kitchen-by-artichoke/

 

Derring Hall

“The UK based kitchen specialists at Artichoke have just revealed another fantastic bespoke kitchen.”
https://deringhall.com/daily-features/contributors/dpages/past-meets-present-in-a-timeless-tuscan-kitchen

 

House and Garden

“This is a kitchen of two halves.  One side traditional, the other side modern.”
http://www.houseandgarden.co.uk/interiors/bespoke-kitchens/view/interiors/furnishings/artichoke-bespoke-kitchens

 

Houzz

“…one of the best kitchens we have seen for a long time. We particularly love the shelf brackets.   Some of us are now wishing others hadn’t seen this photo!”
http://www.houzz.co.uk/ideabooks/34469496/list/kitchen-of-the-week-historic-influences-in-a-luxurious-bespoke-kitchen

 

Derring Hall

“Peek inside 11 designer’s stylish London projects”
https://deringhall.com/daily-features/contributors/dering-hall/peek-inside-11-designers-stylish-london-projects

 

Elle Decoration

“Want curved kitchen cupboards or Art Deco finishes on your cabinets? No challenge is too great for this Somerset-based practice, which can help to make even the most ambitious plan a reality.”
http://www.elledecoration.co.uk/directory-2/handmade-kitchens/

 

The London Magazine

“Foreign homeowners want craftsmanship and authenticity…”
http://www.thelondonmagazine.co.uk/interiors-gardens/celebrity-homes/oligarch-chic.html

 

Pufik Homes

“Quality and exquisite style has become the hallmark of the company”. Russian Luxury Interiors website Pufik Homes seem to love our work.  http://www.pufikhomes.com/2013/11/artichoke-zamechatelnyie-kuhni-ot-angliyskih-dizaynerov/

 

Houzz

Kitchen of the Week:  “Designed to feel much like a galley on a boat, this modern yet soft-lined kitchen features warm woods and elegant details.”
http://www.houzz.co.uk/ideabooks/46592347/list/kitchen-of-the-week-a-warm-and-contemporary-kitchen-on-the-river-dart

 

Archello

“Used by the cognescenti, Artichoke is well known for it’s understated and elegant approach to design.”
http://www.archello.com/en/product/project-820
http://www.archello.com/en/product/project-1086
http://www.archello.com/en/product/project-1120

 

LUX Worldwide

“For a truly classical country-style kitchen, there are few designers that can match Artichoke”
http://www.luxworldwide.com/magazine/lifestyle/kitchens-heart-of-the-home/

 

Houzz

“Modern twists on the classics…”
http://www.houzz.co.uk/ideabooks/45593036/list/lifestyle-design-lessons-my-mother-taught-me

 

Stylejuicer

“Artichoke are masters in their field…”  Thanks Annie at the wonderful Stylejuicer!
http://stylejuicer.com/home-and-interior/bespoke-kitchen-british-craftsmen-artichoke/

 

Trendir

“…kitchen glamor at it’s best”
http://www.trendir.com/beautiful-edwardian-style-kitchen-by-artichoke/

 

Agrell Carving

Great blog about a baroque library project we’re working on with Agrell Carving.
http://www.agrellcarving.co.uk/blog/2011-03-02/taking-influence-strahov-monastery-hand-carve-beautiful-baroque-library

 

DPAGES

D is a blog site committed to sharing all that’s cool and beautiful in the world of art, architecture, and design.  Thanks for including us in that!
http://blog.thedpages.com/kitchens-small-details-to-the-big-picture/

 

Home and Stone

Thanks to these bloggers for including our work in their “What’s Hot”  item.
http://blog.homeandstone.com/2014/01/whats-hot-in-the-kitchen-trends-to-watch-for-in-2014/

 

Lonny.com

“The kitchen is a perfect match for the home itself: grand yet livable, historic yet contemporary, and above all impeccably proportioned.”
http://www.lonny.com/Steal+This+Look+Classic+Meets+Contemporary+Kitchen

 

Desire to Inspire

“Artichoke is a group of designers of the highest quality bespoke kitchens, architectural interiors and furniture in the UK. This is what I would like to call kitchen porn folks. KITCHENS KITCHENS KITCHENS. And they are FAB.U.LOUS.”
http://www.desiretoinspire.net/blog/2013/9/18/artichoke.html

 

Domaine Home

“Go bold and select a copper-clad stove like the one seen in this stunning kitchen….”
http://www.mydomaine.com/new-kitchen-trends/

 

Dreambook Design

Thanks Adri and Jeremy for including us on your Design Inspiration Monday!
http://dreambookdesign.com/2013/07/design-inspiration-monday-23/

 

DKY 360

We’ve made it all the way to Germany!
http://www.dyk360-kuechen.de/blog/

 

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Villa Guglielmesca, Tuscany, Italy

Villa Guglielmesca is situated near the town of Cortona, in the province of Arezzo in Tuscany. While the prevailing character of Cortona’s architecture is medieval Renaissance, the villa itself dates back to the beginning of the 1900’s.  Originally a private house, it was transformed into a hotel with 12 bedrooms in the 1950’s before being purchased by the current owner.

 

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Villa Guglielmesca, Cortona, Arezzo, Tuscany, Italy (in 2011 before work started)
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The View from the Villa

In 2010, Artichoke was commissioned directly by the owner to reconfigure the Villa and make it function again as a private residence.  This has involved extensive interior architectural design work by Artichoke’s creative team and includes designing the architecture and furniture for the entrance hall, master bedrooms, bespoke kitchen, dining room, butler’s pantry, boot-room, guest and master bathrooms, ballroom, interior architectural joinery, doors, skirting and floors.

 

Front Entrance Door

The front entrace door was designed taking inspiration from the architecture of local vernacular. Our initial design below proposed the door as European Walnut, althoughthe door is now more likely to be hand painted.  The exterior elevation on the left shows the stone architrave which will be in Pietra Serena to match the the Tuscan columns we designed for the interior.  Pietra Serena is a beautiful grey Tuscan sandstone which was used by Michelangelo in the Medici Chapel Romeare.

 

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The splayed reveal August 2014, ready for plastering
Entrance Hall Design

Below is the Entrance Hall as it existed while Villa Guglielmesca was a hotel.   As you can see, the existing interior architecture of the Villa required significant design work.  Our initial focus was to research and gain a thorough understanding of local vernacular to create an appropriate space for family living.

 

The Villa’s entrance hall when it was a hotel

The images below show the approved Artichoke re-design of the entrance hall with twinned Etruscan columns supporting the vaulted ceiling and hiding the re-enforced concrete columns. The stone we are using fo the columns are made from Pietra Serena.

 

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Artichoke’s re-design of the entrance hall

 

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Plans show Artichoke’s architectural plans for the main hall

 

Bespoke Kitchen Interior Design

Artichoke’s design team also introduced the groin vaulted ceiling detail used in the entrance hall to the principal bespoke kitchen as both a device to architecturally tie the two ends of the vast space together and to frame the large open fireplace (also designed by us).

 

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The Villa’s kitchen space taken back to brick

Inspiration for the bespoke kitchen design in Villa Guglielmesca was taken from typical Tuscan agricultural furniture design.  The primary timber being used for the kitchen is French oak. The oak on the island will be bleached and the oak for the pan-shelves will be fumed to age them. The bread board island tops will be made from wild-grain European Walnut which we will source in Italy. The arched doors on the end of the island, which is plastered, are made from solid oak, and roughly hand planed across the grain with a curved plane blade to create an aged effect. The glazed dresser doors close on traditional espagnoletes.

 

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Image shows the two brick islands finished in rough finish lime render
Boot room Design

Artichoke’s design teams have designed numerous bespoke bootrooms for country properties and apart from plenty of storage, a key aspect to most successful bootroom designs is combining practicality with simplicity.  Bootrooms get a lot of wear. They get dirty and are more loved for their practicality than their looks, mainly because most of the fitted furniture becomes draped in coats, hats and scarves, and eventually much of it become invisible. Artichoke designed the Villa’s boot-room with drainage at the centre of the room to allow mud to be washed and brushed away.

 

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Artichoke’s design for the Villa’s bootroom
Kitchen Fireplace

Artichoke designed the fireplace and surround as a multi-functional space, and it is far from simply decorative.  A chargrill has been designed on the right hand side, with the left reserved for open fires and spit-roasting meats.  The stone for the surround is Pietra Serena.

 

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Shows the Artichoke designed fireplace being prepared in tandem with the groined ceiling, also designed by us
Interior Architecture

There are nearly 100 individual features designed by Artichoke inside Villa Guglielmesca, including coffered ceilings, fireplaces, windows, columns, doors and stone architraves.   A few examples can be seen below:

 

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Construction in progress of the groined ceiling in the Villa’s Limonaria

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Pietra Serena stone architrave being set into the Villa walls
One of the Artichoke designed Pietra Serena window surrounds

 

Installation Phase
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Artichoke’s European walnut vanity unit with walnut mirrors. The marble to be added will be Carrara
The Villa’s exterior showing the Pietra Serena windows and door frames designed by Artichoke. The shutters were make locally

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Walnut skirting was designed for the dining room
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Artichoke designed this simple linen store. Note the detail in the clay tiles at the threshold of the door

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Completed Project

A small selection of images from the completed project are below.

Kitchen

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Scullery

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Bootroom

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Guest WC

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Hallway Doors

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Selected Architectural Joinery

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Designing a Country House Kitchen Island

The kitchen island has humble origins.  In the days when large houses were supported by busy kitchens teaming with staff, the oak table was the workhorse of the room.

 

The kitchen at Middleton Park. The house was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and his son Robert Lutyens in 1938 for the 9th Earl of Jersey. Not Used CL 12/07/1946
The central island in the main kitchen at Middleton Park was simply a domestic table raised off the ground on blocks

Today, most domestic kitchens are used by the home-owner and not by staff. We prepare our own food, and as a result, kitchen islands tend to look less utilitarian.

Many of Artichoke’s kitchen design commissions are for large country houses where history has played its part in shaping how the house looks and runs.  Often these design commissions are from the new owners who are often responsible for replacing years of lost period character.  As bespoke kitchen designers, it is often our responsibility to balance their wishes for period authenticity with the practical needs of a modern home.

This case-study shows how one such kitchen island has evolved from a series of simple sketches to the finished article in Artichoke’s workshop.

The brief was to design a kitchen with a period feel that met the needs of a modern family.  The house is a captivating Grade II listed house set in National Trust parkland near Alderley Edge in Cheshire, with owners keen to re-introduce some high quality period detail back into the house.

 

Initial hand sketch

Each kitchen design project evolves in different ways, but in this case, initial ideas were roughed out on paper to gauge the feasibility and to help give the client an understanding for what can be achieved.

 

Island 1

 

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2D Drawings

Once the concept is proven, the general intent drawings are prepared showing turning detail, period moulding detail and interior layouts of the drawers.  At this stage we are drawing to scale.

 

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3D Renders

Artichoke’s design team often deploys CGI (Computer Generated Images) to explore how kitchen furniture works with the rest of the room and the architecture. The studies below show the oak kitchen island at the centre alongside other decorative items.  CGI can be extremely useful in helping clients understand how design impacts their space.

 

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Production Engineering

Once the kitchen island  design is approved by the client, our cabinet makers will make the piece in digital form first using a software package that will also calculate bills of materials, quantities of components* weight of parts etc.  We make every piece virtually in this way.  It ensures all potential problems are ironed out before we purchase materials, and it improves efficiency for the client.

 

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there are 141 individual hand made component parts in this island. Each is bespoke made from the original raw materials (European Oak)
Production

Artichoke makes the finest quality kitchens that are robust enough to last for many years.  To make kitchens of this quality requires the component parts to be jointed traditionally using craft base skills that have stood the test of time.

In the case of this kitchen island, the rail is jointed to the turned legs using dovetail joints and mortice and tenons.  These traditional joints take time to make and will be unseen by the client, so some would argue that they are uneccessary.  However, we know that these methods are a mark of quality and will far outlast a mechaniocal fixings.  We know that it will never fail.

 

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Dovetail joint
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Mortice and tenon joints
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A specially designed jig with leather protective padding clamps the rail to the leg
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Dovetailed drawers
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Artichoke cabinet maker Craig putting final adjustments to one of the island drawers
Finishing

The final phase is the finishing, and in this case the finish required is mid to late 19th century.  Our head of finishing, Rob, used to be a well known antique restorer and has incredible skill for turning new oak into old.  Like most professionals, Rob keeps his recipies a closely guarded secret.

 

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24 February 2016: Project being installed.

 

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