Kitchens are all about ‘soul’ today, and you are unlikely to find that off-the-peg in your local high street. Between them, these five inspiring sites have all tastes covered.
Trunk Reclaimed This Northumberland-based company makes kitchens, or just freestanding components, solely from reclaimed solid timber. It’s the antithesis of the sleek, lacquered fitted job. Visit Trunk Reclaimed.
Leominster Reclamation and Architectural Salvage has a fabulous selection of antique tiles and an excellent kitchenalia section with old weighing scales, butchers’ blocks and metal storage drawers (“need a clean”!) to add vintage character. Visit Leominster Reclamation (scroll down for Kitchenalia).
Plain English With designs evocatively christened Spitalfields and Southwold, you know you are buying in to the Farrow & Ball look. But, oh, they are heartbreakingly lovely kitchens. Visit Plain English.
The Used Kitchen Company If you still hanker after a high-gloss, fuck-off kitchen but don’t have the funds to match your dreams of grandeur, keep an eye on this site, which specialises in ex-display and rich people’s cast-offs. Visit The Used Kitchen Company.
Bulthaup This is the architects’ favourite and the gold standard of contemporary kitchen design. All that German precision and Corbusien simplicity doesn’t come cheap but the website is a great place to dream about being unfeasibly tidy. Visit Bulthaup.