The Brasserie is characterised by a design feature redolent of horizontal scaffold planks, the timber selected for its attractive knots and rugged individual variations and character. Every detail, from handles to hinges is carefully considered for its engineered, industrial detail. This year, Smallbone has unveiled a Brasserie kitchen with an urban edge in the newly renovated 6/7 Thurloe Place showroom.
The signature furniture collections of Smallbone celebrate the reinvention of English architectural epochs and challenge perceptions of space. Each individual commission draws upon decades of design inspiration.
Informal brasserie-style dining was the inspiration for this post-industrial collection, which fuses relaxed entertaining with cooking spaces so that both host and guest can indulge in the theatre of the kitchen.
Architect and collector Sir John Soane was a great proponent of the British neo-Classical style. Soane directly inspires the richly opulent veneers, use of mirrored strips, glass and marble, crisp classicism and directional design of the Macassar range.
Glazed display cupboards are reminiscent of historic apothecary cabinets. Squared-off cornices and polished nickel recessed handles add stylistic flourish. To be inspired by Soane’s life and style, visit the Sir John Soane's Museum in London’s Lincoln Inn Fields, which serves to immortalise his preserved-in-aspic ingenious interiors sensibility, his library and his collection of art.
Walnut & Silver
This collection was Smallbone’s first leap into the world of contemporary kitchens, and it revolutionised popular tastes. When it launched in 2005, Walnut was rarely in kitchen settings, but it went on to become one of Smallbone’s most sought after materials.
Walnut & Silver is defined by contrasts: the rich chocolate tones of walnut against the lightness of beaten silver, and the translucence of glass against the sooty black of granite.
Walnut & Silver Inspired
Probably Smallbone’s most recognisable kitchen style, Hand Painted was one of its earliest concepts. For the first time, Hand Painted finishes were used in kitchen design, revolutionising popular tastes and setting a precedent for a modern look.
Thanks to constant evolution and the option for complete customisation, the style is enduringly current. Hand-finished in-situ by Smallbone’s talented team of decorative artists, a Hand Painted kitchen allows clients to choose from an almost infinite palette of solid colours, glazes and special finishes.
Hand Painted Inspired
A pilaster is a gently tapering half column found in Greek Revival homes in the architectural style of the 18th century. It forms the basis of this sleek, classically inspired kitchen.
Detailing embraces dentil cornice mouldings and raised and fielded panels. With exquisite hand-turned detailing, Pilaster kitchens can be executed in pared-down urban settings, and work stunningly in country-houses when partnered with dressers, hanging racks and plate racks. A heritage palette complements the style and translucent or ebonized glazes add luminosity and lustre.
The ‘Unfitted’ Kitchen
Considered by many as one of the most important kitchen designs of modern times, Smallbone’s Unfitted kitchen revolutionised the way we live. It pioneered the concept of the kitchen island, something that is now considered ubiquitous.
The freestanding furniture design challenged the accepted norm of what a kitchen should be and introduced the concept of the kitchen as a social and entertaining space. Bespoke pieces of furniture were adapted to specific functions embedding the concepts of social sharing within the ethos of the kitchen space. To this day, we continue to draw inspiration from this radical design. Open-plan living is now commonplace thanks to Smallbone’s Unfitted kitchen.