Kitchen Heaven

by Jo Weaden in Kitchens

Rupert Bevan’s harmonious kitchen elevates the interior of this converted church.

Rupert Bevan had plenty of space to play with when he created a kitchen for the interior of this former church.

Working in collaboration with Harriet Holgate, Bevan designed the large contemporary kitchen to blend in with the traditional interior of St Judes with its high arched ceilings and classic pillars. The distressed finish of the kitchen creates a harmonious aesthetic between the furniture and it’s surroundings.

Everything Rupert Bevan creates is made in Britain using artisan techniques. The team of specialists includes designers, makers and finishers, all working together to create unique furniture and interiors. Every angle and detail of the kitchen has been considered, and can be appreciated from whichever way you walk in, or wherever you stand and admire it.

 

“Our antiqued mirror glass is unrivalled within the industry. Not only does it look stunning when used as an overmantel or as wall panelling, but it can also be used to great effect on furniture.”

The kitchen incorporates a material combination that reflects modern design, utilising various finishes to distress or age certain pieces. Burnt and ebonised oak kitchen units contrast with the patinated brass handles and mesh panels, which in turn complement the highly polished cast concrete countertop that runs across the units, providing a sleek industrial look.

The same polished concrete worktop also covers the Long Island unit – its sheen echoes the lustre of the patinated brass units and handles. Combining cupboards, drawers and allocated spaces, the Long Island unit offers plenty of storage including ventilation for the integrated appliances.

Patinated brass handles also feature on the pair of kitchen trolleys. The moveable units have been designed and made for each end of the Long Island unit. Made from blackened steel and solid ash finished with a bleached and distressed appearance, the effect creates an aged look on a modern design.

Rupert Bevan designed each detail to correspond to the original architecture. A perfect example is the stand alone drinks cabinet with its curved arches, creating symmetry within its surroundings. The large cabinet has been crafted from ebonised and distressed finished beech and includes hand painted door panels and trim details.

Artisanal quality resonates throughout the drinks cabinet, with hand-blown glass doors used for the front and antiqued mirror glass covering the back. Every piece of the mirror glass back panels has been individually antiqued, so each piece is unique. Rupert Bevan is understandably proud of his team’s expertise: “Our antiqued mirror glass is unrivalled within the industry. Not only does it look stunning when used as an overmantel or as wall panelling, but it can also be used to great effect on furniture.”

From burnt oak to polished concrete, the materials and finishes have been carefully chosen and modified to reflect contemporary design in a traditional setting. Each detail has been thoughtfully considered and although many different materials and finishes are used, the combination creates a harmonious interior.

Rupert Bevan – rupertbevan.com


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