Kitchen drawer dividersTransitional Kitchen, Hampshire
This bespoke professional cook's kitchen features a custom copper and stainless steel La Cornue range cooker and extraction canopy, built to match the client's copper pans. Italian Black Basalt stone shelving lines the walls resting on Acero stone brackets, a detail repeated on bench seats in front of the windows between glazed crockery cabinets. The table was made in solid English oak with turned legs. The project’s special details include inset LED strip lighting rebated into the underside of the stone shelves, wired invisibly through the stone brackets.
Primary materials: Hand painted Sapele; Italian Black Basalt; Acero limestone; English oak; Lefroy Brooks white brick tiles; antique brass, nickel and pewter ironmongery.
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A double-whammy drawerOK, so not all of us have two sets of cutlery, but this idea could be adapted for other utensils. The goal here is to make use of all vertical space in a drawer by adding an extra layer.The kitchen designers have custom-made two wooden cutlery shelves, with a lip that allows the top one to slide back and lift out. A magnetic front panel keeps the shelf in place when it’s fully forwards.
Cull your cutleryBefore you start this task, make sure you’ve got a cutlery divider – you can pick them up easily at DIY stores. Empty your drawer onto a clear kitchen surface, give it a quick clean and leave it to dry. Gather your matching cutlery sets together and pop them back in to the relevant sections of your cutlery divider, then pick out any odd items and set them aside to take to the charity shop. Lastly, consider the remaining items that are not cutlery – it may be that they need a new home.
The detailing within the drawers gives an idea of the care and thought that went into ensuring the kitchen adapted to the lives of the clients. The cutlery drawer is double layered, with secondary-use cutlery on the bottom layer and daily-use on top. ‘The dots are magnets that lock the top drawer onto the front, so when the drawer is opened it doesn’t slide back unless you want it to,’ Andrew explains. The cutlery is the family’s own, and was measured by Artichoke when designing the drawer.