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A stylish space with clever design features and secret storage - meet 'Concept Living'

Updated: Feb 22, 2020

Kuche & Bagno 'Concept Living' kitchen showroom
Kuche & Bagno 'Concept Living' features a range of stylish design features to maximise space

We wanted to create a 'living concept' that used minimal floor space but still included numerous design and material elements, highlighting the versatility of open living spaces. Function was at the forefront of the design and so we ensured the design focused on food preparation areas, baking zones and secret storage components. All the design elements in this concept can be scaled to suit a variety of budgets.

Magnificent marble

Initially we researched the possibility of using Franke new ceramic finish Stainless Steel work surfaces in a pearl finish but due to the complexity of the design unfortunately the material was not suitable or cost effective. The team then decided to specify a wow factor marble to show a natural material and allow a talking point for the suitability of materials in different applications throughout the home.

Utilising two slabs of ‘Panda White Marble’ The chevron-shaped countertop gives very clear zones for cooking and preparation, it is also perfect for entertaining dinner guests or to be used as an evening bar area.

Bespoke design solutions

The bank of units incorporates many different elements including several Hawa sliding solutions all incorporated within bespoke pods, hidden away behind large scale doors jewelled with brass inset handles.

The pod’s consist of several different storage solutions, a hidden baking pantry, can be opened to reveal great storage for large tins and baking ingredients the door can be opened 180 degrees to reveal a recipe books library. The appliance pod features Kuppersbusch ovens complete with Okotherm a (patented feature to prevent air borne grease and fat deposits settling on soft furnishings within a living space) detailed with gold trims along with plenty of storage.

The sink pod clad completely in soapstone granite features a 22-carat gold Dornbracht kitchen faucet teamed with an incredibly robust Alape glazed steel black matt sink an integrated Fisher and Paykel DishDrawer completes the pod.

The refreshment pod showcases a bespoke criss-cross wine cabinet, detailed with built-in lights and antique mirror and a super-sized integrated Fisher and Paykel fridge freeze . The pièce de résistance is a secret liquor bar, with push to open technology. Mirror cladding and LED lights have been used to maximise the sense of luxury while storage on the inside of the door is perfect for nibbles and liquor glasses.

Secret storage The design team being very passionate about the revival of walk-in pantry’s incorporated a hidden version accessed from a secret push to open door, details such as mirrored wall cladding to the back of the shelves, and LED lights add to the “wow factor” when entering but most importantly make it a very practical usable space, once inside a further Hawa bifold system hides further storage behind bespoke floor to ceiling doors.

Finishing touches A window seat adds a final design element with storage and display options for smaller spaces clad with parquet wood to match the flooring in the room setting.

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