Kitchen of the Week: A Sleek Modern Kitchen with a Hippie Heart

We all try to make lower impact choices here at Remodelista, so it was with a particular thrill that we recently stumbled upon Sustainable Kitchens, a Bristol, England-based kitchen design and manufacturing company that gives priority to ethical materials. Its basic principles – a dependence on solid wood from responsible sources and non-toxic materials; an emphasis on locally sourced products; and a commitment to reducing waste and replanting trees – grew out of founder Sam Shaw’s interest in sustainable forestry (he has a degree in environmental management) and his passion for woodworking.

What we particularly admire about Sustainable Kitchens projects is that they are both eco and concerned with design. Take this London townhouse kitchen designed by the firm in collaboration with architects from Conibere Phillips. It is housed in a bright new addition to the house. And while the carpentry is clean, modern and minimalist, its heart beats green.

Let’s take a walk.

Photograph by Charlie O’Beirne, courtesy of Sustainable Kitchens.

The extension is bright thanks to a skylight, oversized window and a large pivoting glass door that leads to the patio.
Above: The extension is bright thanks to a skylight, oversized window and a large pivoting glass door that leads to the patio.
Sustainable Kitchens offers three levels of service: honest (self-installed cabinets in a choice of three styles);  Made to measure (personalized cabinets installed by the company);  and Concept (cabinets made of
Above: Sustainable Kitchens offers three levels of service: honest (self-installed cabinets in a choice of three styles); Made to measure (personalized cabinets installed by the company); and Concept (cabinets made of “new and delicate materials involving a lot of R&D”, explains marketing manager Zoe Holland). This kitchen is custom made, using the company’s flat screen style.
The space is
Above: Space is “colored” not with paint but with materials. Here, oak panels and recessed lights provide a warm visual break from the white cabinetry. The faucet is the Metis sink mixer from Perrin & Rowe.

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