Enviable Kitchen Design Of A London Chef
In Warehouse Home Issue Two, we visited a Shoreditch warehouse conversion, home to leading London chef Alastair Hendy. And we found more than just good food cooking in the kitchen. The celebrated chef and food photographer was an early adopter of industrial style and has been using steel furniture and concrete in his home for over 20 years. In his kitchen, brushed metal complements cast concrete, while vintage furniture completes a look that is pure workshop chic.
“Everything in my kitchen was selected based on ergonomics and economics,” explains Alastair. “I chose to use concrete because there’s something very honest about its raw industrial qualities. A lot of the furniture and accessories were originally used in workshops, factories or schools. The hardwearing nature of these pieces really appeals, particularly in a kitchen. And of course the natural patina that comes with age adds so much character that you simply don’t find on the high street. Using unfitted kitchen furniture makes the space practical and workable. I like being able to change the set up when I need to. I’m also a great organiser and very pedantic, so filing drawers, even in the kitchen, are essential!”
If, like Alastair, you are a great organiser and love displaying your servewear, we recommend The Plate Rack. Each plate rack is handcut in India, with each and every one being unique, with room for dinner plates, cutlery slots, cup hooks and even shelving to showcase additional industrial kitchen pieces. Available in three different sizes: Mini, Middle and Mighty, they start from only £99.
Mighty, £240, The Plate Rack
Inspired by Alastair Hendy’s kitchen, we’ve created a Pinterest board dedicated to other highly pinnable kitchen designs. Here are some of our favourites.
Follow in Alastair Hendy’s footsteps and celebrate steel in the kitchen. Concrete floors and tabletops, offset with vintage industrial pendant lighting will create the backdrop for a kitchen fit for a professional. Open shelving units and repurposed industrial storage solutions act as savvy and stylish solutions to kitchen clutter.
For a minimalist look that enhances the sense of space and natural light, eschew wall units altogether and paint exposed brickwork white (as in Alastair Hendy’s kitchen). The kitchen in this loft apartment (below) blends almost seamlessly into its surroundings and, with all of the units at floor level, leads the eye to the original windows and exposed brickwork at the end of the room. The raised floor area creates a sense of occasion in a “theatre” kitchen.
For a quick and cost-effective industrial update, consider statement industrial fixtures and fittings. This new tap from The Watermark Collection is a striking showpiece for any kitchen. Inspired by Italian pasta pot fillers, it’s made by hand in Brooklyn and finished in gun mental. The crank style on/off handle completes the industrial strength design.
For more beautiful photography of Alastair Hendy’s Shoreditch warehouse conversion, visit Michael Paul Photography.
Did you see the above ‘Chef’s Table’ feature in our Second Issue? If not, you can find it in full here., or enjoy Warehouse Home Issue Two in the reader below:
Take a look at the other inspirational kitchen designs we’ve been pinning: Follow My Warehouse Home’s board Kitchen Furniture + Accessories on Pinterest.
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