A bal­ance between min­i­mal­ism and func­tion is skil­fully achieved.

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NAT CHESHIRE A kitchen more like fur­ni­ture than build­ing

Own­ers Jeremy Hansen and Cameron Law pre­vi­ously lived in a small in­ner-city apart­ment be­fore buy­ing here. They must have be­gun this project know­ing what would work for them in a kitchen with space con­straints. What was on their wish list?

A bal­ance between min­i­mal­ism and the dis­play of a very few lovely ob­jects; a place for ev­ery­thing but only a lit­tle of each thing

You and your col­league Ian Scott de­signed the wal­nut cab­i­netry. How was the ma­te­rial and style cho­sen?

Jeremy and Cameron have some pieces of vin­tage fur­ni­ture in the apart­ment that are the back­bone of its in­te­rior, mean­ing­ful for them and con­gru­ent with the spirit of the un­der­ly­ing ar­chi­tec­ture We wanted the kitchen to be a col­lec­tion of sis­ter pieces to that ex­ist­ing fur­ni­ture

The bench­tops are tim­ber, too. Tell us about that – have they proved to be hard-wear­ing?

Yes, it’s won­der­ful We all use wooden chop­ping boards on top of our stain­less steel or mar­ble benches, right? One doesn’t want to lay a scald­ing-hot iron pan on it though

The mod­ernist apart­ment orig­i­nally con­tained a U-shaped kitchen. Why was this changed to a gal­ley lay­out?

The corners were a lit­tle clumsy, and one felt a bit trapped and cramped be­ing so closely wrapped on three sides The gal­ley re­duced the bench space a lit­tle but left us with a much clearer ar­ray of stor­age and ap­pli­ances, sim­pler com­po­si­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties, and the lovely lit­tle win­dow full of trees plays a much big­ger role in the room

What pleases you most about this space?

That Jeremy and Cameron smile each night That makes it worth it And Ian’s con­trol of de­tail and pro­por­tion is ex­quis­ite He and I have done small, pre­cise projects like this to­gether for sev­eral years, and it’s a very re­ward­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion

Ap­pli­ances Fisher & Paykel range­hood, in­duc­tion hob, oven, in­te­grated fridge and DishDrawer Bench­top Solid wal­nut sealed with Osmo Polyx oil Cab­i­netry Wal­nut cab­i­netry de­signed by Nat Cheshire and Ian Scott, fab­ri­cated by Es­sex Cabi­net Mak­ers Elec­tri­cal out­lets and switches Thom Elec­tri­cal Ac­ces­sories Sink ‘Ac­quello’ fire­clay sink from In Res­i­dence Tap­ware Brass tap by Arne Ja­cob­sen for Vola from Metrix

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