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Burnt cedar and copper kitchen with green walls for George Clarke's, Old house New Home

The first design collaboration between ourselves and creative consultant and stylist Jane Field-Lewis was a bespoke burnt cedar and copper kitchen for a period property in St Leonards on Sea, which was recently featured on architect George Clarke’s new Channel 4 programme ‘Old House New Home’. Commissioned by George, we set about designing and creating an individual kitchen that was to use a unique combination of materials and finishes that architecturally worked within the stunning Regency/Early Victorian proportions of the space.

Close up of the copper kitchen worktop for George Clarke's Old House New Home


Copper is such a versatile metal to work with, it has a rich colour and can be used in a wide variety of applications. We applied heat to form the front of the worktop around a curved former, leaving fantastic heat stains and work marks. Once this finish was decided upon, we treated the splashback in the same way, creating a spectrum of iridescent colours that can be seen through the window from the road.

Close up of the kitchen island of George Clarke's Old House New Home


The monolithic island stands proud as the centrepiece of the kitchen. Shou Sugi Ban Cedar was used for its aesthetic properties, contrasting beautifully with the copper kickboard. Behind the kickboard is ample storage for kitchenware, with a single long, deep shelf stretching the length of the island.

Shou Sugi Ban kitchen Cupboards from George Clarke's Old House New Home


Each unit is free-standing, made by hand using solid Pine, which was scorched with a naked flame to darken and match the Shou Sugi Ban Cedar cupboard doors. Using standard kitchen unit dimensions meant that a built-in under-counter fridge could be fitted, alongside a beautiful black sink and tap.

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