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T’S NOT of­ten that an art col­lec­tor chooses his kitchen to show off trea­sures from his trav­els, but Roger Feather­stone is no or­di­nary col­lec­tor. The art deco en­thu­si­ast felt the room which is at the heart of his home with wife Sheila, who loves to cook and en­ter­tain, was the place he would spend most time en­joy­ing a stun­ning sent of or­na­ments and art­work of this pro­duc­tive early 20th cen­tury pe­riod.

To un­der­pin and show­case the col­lec­tion, how­ever, the Feather­stones wanted to cre­ate a pe­riod fea­ture within the fix­tur­ing them­selves. So they turned to Neil Lerner, whose kitchen de­sign tal­ents are in­formed by his train­ing at St Martin’s School of Art.

Lerner put de­signer Eve Turner on the case and she pro­posed Vene­tian mask mo­tifs, evok­ing the early 20th cen­tury as a strik­ing theme.

Al­though they had orig­i­nally en­vis­aged fash­ion de­signs by the fa­mous art deco il­lus­tra­tor Erté as a mo­tif, the Feather­stones were won over by the masks from Mas­ter Prod­ucts and de­cided to go for a splash­back made up of four masks, sand-carved into low-iron glass and signed by the artist.

Lerner added sub­tle LED light­ing on the edges to pick up the en­grav­ing and the etch­ing, so the splash­back shines out as a fo­cal point of the kitchen ever evening when the cou­ple gath­ers with their fam­ily.

Turner picked up the art deco feel­ing as far as pos­si­ble with the use of mir­rored-sur­face, high-gloss ve­neers and lac­quers — this was an era of high shine. The kitchen was shaped to em­u­late 1930s style but in a con­tem­po­rary set­ting, us­ing cab­i­nets of high-gloss mag­no­lia paired with Terra oak in a high-gloss ve­neer. Worktops are of ivory Cae­sar­stone.

The Neil Lerner stu­dio is in­creas­ingly be­ing called upon to de­sign din­ing and liv­ing spa­ces ad­ja­cent to to­day’s open-plan kitchens, and the Feather­stone’s home was no ex­cep­tion. Turner de­signed re­pro­duc­tion art deco side­boards for th­ese rooms and helped in choos­ing ap­pro­pri­ate wall­pa­per, cov­ing and skirt­ing-boards to faith­fully evoke the pe­riod.

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