Everyone accepts a kitchen needs to be practical where the space works smoothly from cupboard, to cooker to fridge, but a kitchen is the heart of the family home too. And you know I’m alway banging on about adding personality to our interiors? Even contemporary interiors. So I was delighted to see these two recently completed kitchens by Marion Lichtig. Both of which feature beautiful antiques (among other things). Marion’s clients obviously appreciate her eclectic and organic approach to creating their interiors. Be it a London pied a terre, a family home or seaside cottage. And, this naturally extends to kitchens and dining areas. It really can be the small, thoughtful creative details that make the difference.
The London Townhouse 1
This family kitchen overlooks a garden designed by Stephen Woodhams and is flooded with light. An ultra contemporary Bulthaup kitchen is juxtaposed with a beautiful 18th Century French cupboard found at Charpentier Antiques in Fulham. Positioned close to the dining table it not only looks stunning but will provide generous storage space for plates, glasses and table linens.
The light oak dining table (another antique) was also sourced there, and is surrounded with bentwood Thonet chairs from Another Country. Antique wood has a patina that gives warmth and uniqueness to a room. While, adding modern chairs to an antique table brings it into the 21st Century.
The four-lamp linear chandelier is from Christopher Howe and the floor is limestone. And this striking cerulean blue upholstered armchair from Nimmo and Spooner punctuates an otherwise clean, simple colour palette.
The kitchen is the ultimate in simplicity and convenience, and this kitchen is highly functional too. While, the antique storage jars above the sink were found at Artefact and bring the two halves of the room together.
Photographs by Simon Brown
The London Townhouse 2
Within this second London family home, crisp white and stainless steel is both functional and clean lined. The kitchen was designed to Marion Lichtig’s specification, and the cupboards are spray painted in a soft white. The stainless steel work tops compliment the Mercury oven and hob, while the flooring is oak.
Rough and smooth textures abound with this sleek bleached oak topped table sourced at Robert Gordon Antiques surrounded by Fritz Hansen Series 7 Chairs from the Conran Shop. Again, mixing an antique with more modern chairs. But in this case the contrast is more pronounced. And in this kitchen the colour splash is from the rustic antique cupboard itself which was bought at auction.
Photographs by Michael Paul.