We’re all familiar with the open plan kitchen diner, which has made the kitchen an altogether more sociable and multi-purpose space (and brought the family’s ‘head chef’ within hearing distance of conversation). However, every year kitchen manufacturers are increasingly looking to blur the boundaries between this once purely functional room and our living spaces, and two such fine examples of this art I’ve come across are the Leight Tocco | Avance-RK-2 | Avance-FS from Kitchens International (below), and this bespoke, award-winning Holloways of Ludlow’s kitchen (above). Both do away with bulky wall units to provide space to display sleek cookware, cook books and other bits of paraphernalia which make our houses home.

“The traditional base and wall units are fading with designs evolving into the living areas and floating units, open shelving and more ‘living’-type furniture becoming the norm,” adds Kieron Bell of Kitchens International, where kitchens start from £15,000.

  • Daniel Osbourne

    Love the top one. Has a slightly industrial feel, which I like. Also makes more sense in an open plan space. Just wish I had the space…

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