By Andrew Rizza, Creative Director
The property is set in beautiful grounds and is flanked by a river on one side and a lake on the other. It was clear to me that as well as opening up the wall between the kitchen and dining room , the wall between the kitchen and study would also need to come down so the complete panorama could be enjoyed from a central island.
The form of this unique property reminded me of a nautilus shell and this was the inspiration for my island concept, which I based on the geometry of the golden spiral. It was also the perfect project to use pen shell a material I had discovered when I visited the Maison & Object exhibition in Paris earlier in the year – autumn coloured shells from large Mediterranean clams, were individually cut and fitted by artisans in Indonesia to the bespoke island panel. I completed the ensemble with SieMatic S2 furniture in nutmeg and 13mm thick Caeserstone mink worktops. I was also able to incorporate a large walk in pantry in place of the utility room.
Problems that I had to overcome
A down stand beam was required in place of the study/kitchen wall.
To cover this I designed a curved lowered ceiling area that reflected the island shape which also allowed me to accommodate the ceiling extractor fan and lighting.
A support column was also required, so I used this as the striking point for the island golden spiral.
In choosing 13mm thick Caeserstone I created another challenge, as I wanted the breakfast bar to extend beyond the island panel ‘unsupported’ so I designed a steel sub top which was bolted to the structural column.
Bringing everything together was the biggest challenge though – Furniture from Germany, bespoke island panel from Indonesia and bespoke steel breakfast bar support from a local fabricator.
Poltrona Frau Montera dining chairs & bar stools
Porada breakfast table