Orangery Kitchen
Georgian House | Gloucestershire

The project required a unique design approach for the bespoke orangery inspired kitchen in this new-build house that derived its design from early Georgian architecture.

Artichoke was introduced to the client by ADAM Architecture who required specialist joinery design work in a series of rooms, including the main family kitchen with the pantry and scullery.

In many ways the architecture of the room we were asked to design into dictated our approach. The kitchen is in a large high-ceilinged orangery inspired wing of the house with full length doors on all elevations. While this ensured the room was flooded with natural light throughout the day, it provided very little wall space for kitchen furniture.  There was only one wall for kitchen furniture to design on to.

An image of bespoke kitchen island in orangery inspired kitchen with large extractor hood

Space Planning & Architectural Challenges

Artichoke’s solution was to create an impressive four metre long island of two parts – a taller part on the front face presenting as a fine oak Edwardian retail display cabinet, and a lower run on its rear working side.  This approach provides an attractive and original aesthetic for people sitting at the table whilst also hiding the work surfaces and sink area from view.

To create interest on the back wall, a long bell-shaped bespoke extractor hood was commissioned from Officine Gullo to sit above the La Cornue range and to match the length of the island.   Combining a striking and elegant feature with efficient extraction, the hood offers also provides task lighting and storage for pots and pans within its underside.

A close up image of bespoke glazed kitchen island in orangery inspired kitchen
Photo of knives in knife drawer in bespoke glazed kitchen island in orangery inspired kitchen in Georgian inspired house


Technical & Functional Considerations

The hand finished aged oak cabinetry displays more like a repurposed antique than a normal kitchen island and is used for the display of porcelain.  Lit from within, the cabinets also present a dramatic evening scene, defining the space and providing an extra atmosphere. All the cabinets, including the painted elements in the kitchen, are made from rift cut European oak.  The process of steam bending was used to ensure the island’s front plinth appeared as a single unjointed piece of timber.  To ensure the grain of the oak grinned through the painted surfaces, Artichoke used lacquer as the undercoat instead of a primer to stop the oak grain being filled. The satin nickel knobs are from Belgium. The knives, a gift to the client from us, were made from English steel with apple wood handles picked from the Burrow Hill Cider orchards in Somerset.

Photo of bespoke kitchen joinery in custom pantry with glazed doors and marble shelves in orangery inspired kitchen


The Pantry and Scullery

The lack of wall space for storage in the kitchen necessitated the architect to create a separate pantry for the storage of dry goods, cold drinks , and wine, with a scullery opposite for crockery and glass storage and washing up.

To evoke an earlier era, the glass in the glazing of the pantry is hand drawn and the oak is hand finished to a deeper, richer colour than the island.

At Artichoke we know how to make pantries and sculleries an integral part of family life and how to give them a robust, functional beauty.

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Photo of carrara marble shelves on bespoke brass supports with jars and fresh produce in custom pantry in orangery kitchen by Artichoke Kitchens and joinery
Photo of glazed pantry door in custom pantry lined with marble in orangery inspired bespoke kitchen by Artichoke kitchens and joinery
Photos of custom scullery made out of stained wood in orangery kitchen with bespoke cabinets and sink made by Artichoke kitchens and joinery
Photo of nectarines in white bowl on carrara marble counter top in scullery of orangery kitchen by artichoke kitchens and architectural joinery


What We Achieved for Our Clients

The unique design approach taken for this kitchen complements the architecture and delivers a striking kitchen unlike any other.  The colour scheme was chosen by the client and the interior designers, Todhunter Earle, to compliment the garden outside during the day. The introduction of lighting into the island by John Cullen Lighting adds a further dimension to the space at night.

It is our commitment to detailing that contributes to the feeling of luxury in this kitchen and is an expression of our belief in useful beauty. Note how the marble shelves in the scullery line up precisely with the timber glazing bars. Carrara marble forms not only the pantry shelves but also lines the pantry walls and the backs of the glazed cupboards in the scullery.  This is not only a beautiful feature but a practical one (Carrara marble was the marble of choice in Georgian and Edwardian houses and our study on its use in English country houses can be read here).

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