Interiors: Kitchen designs for life

PUBLISHED: 16:20 22 August 2016 | UPDATED: 16:20 22 August 2016

EXG SEP 16 Designs

EXG SEP 16 Designs


Richard Davonport, managing director of kitchen and interior design specialists Davonport, takes us through a dazzling kitchen transformation

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What was the brief behind the project?

Our clients were looking for a family kitchen that fitted with their Georgian style country house in Essex. It had to be functional for family life but still with real wow factor and an elegant, sophisticated feel. Building work was undertaken to remove the utility room walls to create the open plan space for the snug, so this became an important part of the brief – to create natural flow between the kitchen and snug area so the whole family could enjoy it.

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What was top of the client’s wish list?

The previous kitchen had an island which our clients enjoyed, so they were keen to keep this aspect of the design. They did however want to introduce seating on the island. This was achieved by incorporating a breakfast bar and a curved banquette seating arrangement with a dining table at one end of the island. A pantry also topped the wish list following a visit to our Colchester showroom. Our showroom displays include various pantry cupboard styles, but it was the Tillingham pantry which caught their eye – not only its grand appearance but also its great versatility and practicality.

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Were there any particular challenges and how did you overcome these?

The positioning of the pantry posed some problems because it’s such a dominant piece of furniture. However, our clients were very receptive to our suggestions and followed our advice to block one of the doors into the kitchen so the pantry sits in the most ergonomic position. However, the wall panelling in the snug was the biggest challenge to the project. Symmetry and proportion was essential. Because everything we make is bespoke, it was just a case of carefully working it out. In order to help bring the kitchen and snug together the wall panelling was designed to echo the door style on the kitchen cabinets and the colour was continued throughout the whole room.

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The Tillingham pantry features a mirrored back wall, walnut internals and hand¬carved crates and drawers personalised to your chosen wording

The curved, deep buttoned leather bench seat on the island is large enough to comfortably seat two at the informal dining table

The bespoke wall panelling in the snug area incorporates a doorway through to the dining room and a hidden door to access the boiler

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Richard Davonport

Managing director of Davonport

With a background in woodwork and cabinet making, Richard Davonport founded Colchester based Davonport more than two decades ago. Its popularity steadily grew and in 2013 Davonport moved to its current premises in Stanway where the workshops, showroom and office are located under one roof. As founder and managing director, Richard is heavily involved in all aspects of the company, not least design and development of new furniture ranges.

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