Wood Meets Stone

We were approached in 2020 to design and install a kitchen for a shell apartment based near the centre of St Jean D'aulps. The brief was simple; modern, chic but also sympathetic to the environment.




St Jean D'aulps, Haute Savoie


Grey, Black, Brown, Wood


Melamine, Compact, Chene de Poutre

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We were approached to design this kitchen for a three bedroom apartment which had been purchased as a shell property. The kitchen and living area is completely open plan, with three sets of double doors leading out on to different deck areas.

We utilised the open plan living space to create a U shaped kitchen - this wrapped around a walled boiler unit (accessible from the other side) and included a table in the island to ensure maximum usability.

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This property was bought as an investment property; therefore the aim was to create a kitchen that was aimed mainly for heavy usage by holiday makers. We needed to maximise use of the space to ensure that the kitchen could be used as both a kitchen and dining area- the double height table helped achieve this.

The room is very light and airy and the apartment itself is open plan; therefore it was important to us to ensure that the kitchen didn't impose too much on the room, but also provided the storage that was so desperately needed. The return on the island helped do this, providing extra storage and also extra worktop space. The open shelves on the wall over the hob also allowed the opportunity to bring personality and warmth into the room.

The tall units frame the cooking space, with an integrated full height fridge freezer on one end, and an integrated oven and microwave on the other. Between these two units there is a hob with a built in downward extraction; no more ugly extractor fans ruining the beauty of your kitchen!

The L shape island contains drawers, a dishwasher and even a washing machine is hidden in the return and accessible from the living space as opposed to the kitchen. We used the narrow entry space to create an open wine rack (framed in the wood) and created a table with bespoke iron legs which is fastened to the return to allow for a more accesible eating area than a breakfast bar.

In terms of usability and practicality the compact worktop was an excellent choice - it suits the lower end of the budget, but also provides a sleek modern option (as opposed to typical thick laminate). The melamine doors are also hard wearing and always a good option in a rental property. This kitchen had handle rail openings (black metal) which also matched the table legs - creating a industrial type feel.

Appliances included in the design are Bosch; dishwasher, fridge, freezer, oven, microwave, and an Elica hob with integrated extractor - this extraction system recycles back into the room, and there is a removable part where the grease collects which you simply remove and put through the dishwasher to clean. One of the tall cupboards is specifically designed to hide the fuse board - a completely bespoke cabinet to ensure that the ktichen has a full sleek finish.

The sink is an undermounted Franke sink, and the compact worktop has an engraved draining board; an excellent way to maintain a sleek look without the clunkiness of an aluminimum drainer.

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