Maximum Storage and Workspace in a Streamlined Modern Galley Kitchen

The galley kitchen with its straight plan layout is derived from nautical design and famous for its spatial efficiency. Restaurants prefer kitchen setups, as do many serious cooks, especially in an urban setting (see our own kitchen by Julie Carlson in Brooklyn here).

The artist who owns this ground floor flat in a Georgian townhouse in Islington, London hired Jack Trench, who runs an eponymous kitchen and furniture design company, to create a clean-lined kitchen that looks like the house in its historical setting. Maximum storage space was also requested, as well as plenty of elbow room. Join us for an overview of Shiphape’s results.

Photograph courtesy of Jack Trench.

Consisting of profiled MDF cupboards covered with laminate with oak edging, the kitchen has windows at each end: French doors open to a dining area and garden.  The design is known as the JT Original.
Above: Comprised of profiled laminated MDF cabinets with oak edging, the kitchen has windows at each end: patio doors open to a dining area and garden. The design is known as the JT Original.

“To respect the building’s original cornice, we decided not to slide the cabinets up to the ceiling, in order to give the architectural details a break. Jack explains. He also notes that the counter on the left is a little shallower than the other for working around an original fireplace mantel that the client’s architects weren’t allowed to remove. “For a little extra space, we inserted a full-length open shelf to keep the essentials of the daily worktop.”

The counters are Silestone at Gris Expo, as are the backsplashes (with a suede finish).  The five-burner cooktop is from Siemens and the under-cabinet extractor is the Weston Cache 700. Note the built-in lighting under the shelf.  For advice on recessed lighting, read expert advice from architect Oliver Freundlich.
Above: Countertops are Silestone at Gris Expo, as are the backsplashes (with a suede finish). The five-burner cooktop is from Siemens and the under-cabinet extractor is the Weston Cache 700. Note the built-in lighting under the shelf. For advice on recessed lighting, read expert advice from architect Oliver Freundlich.
While planning the kitchen, things like juicers and ice cream machines were discussed.
Above: While planning the kitchen, things like juicers and ice cream makers were discussed. “Our client wanted lots of storage space for everyday dishes and glassware, as well as less frequently used kitchen equipment,” says Jack. “We decided that the upper cabinets in the left kitchen would be higher for longer term storage and to give enough height from the cooktop to accommodate the built-in extractor.

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