The ur­ban apart­ment

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Ur­ban kitchen de­sign is dom­i­nated by the trend for clean, mod­ern lines paired with an in­dus­trial aes­thetic, says An­drew Hays, creative di­rec­tor of Small­bone. ‘Mixed ma­te­ri­als such as brushed steel and highly pol­ished mar­ble in a con­tem­po­rary, mono­chrome colour pal­ette are a pop­u­lar choice for cre­at­ing a re­laxed scheme,’ he adds. The com­pany’s Mul­berry Street kitchen takes in­spi­ra­tion from apothe­cary cabi­nets and fea­tures stained-oak and glazed cabi­nets with wire mesh in­te­grated into the glass, which are then paired with steel han­dles. The highly pol­ished stat­u­ary mar­ble work­tops help to re­flect light around the room—an im­por­tant con­sid­er­a­tion when th­ese smaller kitchens often lack a good source of nat­u­ral light. The high-gloss fac­tor is fin­ished off with the ad­di­tion of splash­backs made of Bardiglio mini-brick mo­saic tiles and mir­rored kick­plates.

The is­land, a space pi­o­neered by Small­bone in Bri­tish kitchens, is ar­guably even more rel­e­vant here as a way of dis­tin­guish­ing be­tween the cook­ing, din­ing and liv­ing ar­eas of this open-plan space. ‘In­cor­po­rat­ing an in­te­grated break­fast bar will help to turn the space into a so­cial hub that en­ables the host and guests to en­joy the theatre of the kitchen,’ be­lieves An­drew. ‘The kitchen has evolved from a space that is en­tirely ded­i­cated to food prepa­ra­tion to a mul­ti­func­tional hub for cook­ing, din­ing, en­ter­tain­ing and re­lax­ing and nowhere has this meta­mor­pho­sis been more ev­i­dent than in the ur­ban set­ting.’

Named after the well-known street in Man­hat­tan’s Lit­tle Italy, the Small­bone Mul­berry Street kitchen fuses to­gether con­trast­ing ma­te­ri­als and de­sign styles. From £45,000, through Small­bone of De­vizes (020–7589 5998; www. small­bone.co.uk)

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