Loft Apartment Notting HillIndustrial Kitchen, London
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Iroko: for reliabilityIroko is sometimes seen as a more sustainable and readily available alternative to teak. It’s also a very dense hardwood, so it’s more water-resistant than other, softer timbers. Whether using iroko is ecologically sound is the subject of some debate; often, its exact provenance is hard to trace and there’s evidence to suggest that illegal iroko logging is destroying some wildlife habitats. As with all woods, check for FSC accreditation to ascertain exactly where it comes from and that these forests are sustainable.
Play the long gameThere’s a straightforward approach to seating in this long, thin kitchen-diner. Options are limited in a galley-style kitchen, so this practical table is long rather than wide, mirroring the dimensions of the room. When catering for more guests, it’s easy to simply pull the table out from the wall into the centre of the room.
Make space for a tableThe owners of this rectangular cook space could have chosen a galley layout, but that would have ruled out a dining area. Instead, they’ve opted for a run of units along one wall, which has allowed them to include an ample table for guests. To give the room a balanced look, the black chairs and timber table replicate the dark units and wooden worktop opposite. The table is large, but there’s still enough space to position a roomy larder next to it.
“I love the look of [open-plan] – spacious and sociable. However, I like to shut away the clutter and don’t like talking over the noise of the kettle, washing machine etc, so I like my kitchen in a separate room (I’m sure this will come back into fashion soon).”embzopDiscover the most common kitchen design problems – and how to tackle them
Don’t scrimp on life’s pleasuresDon’t let a lack of space hold you back from having guests over. A smaller kitchen than you might have on the ground floor of a house can still accommodate dinner with friends. This narrow space, for example, has units on one side and a long dining table on the other, pulled out only when it’s needed. There’s plenty of room for the owners to hold a dinner party for eight, or even 10 guests. In smaller spaces still, in a similar, occasional, vein, options might include a drop-leaf table, a round table, a built-in booth or tucked-away bench seating with storage.