The Burlanes team interview with the Wealden Times

May 2014

Burlanes are creating the theatre kitchen for the Wealden Times Midsummer Fair. In the build up to the fair June 5th- 7th they interviewed us for their May issue.

The Kitchen

If you were to design your dream kitchen,what piece of technology could you not live without?

Alex: “A Quooker boiling water tap – I like my cups of tea in the morning! The boiling tap is taking kitchens by storm, and along with being great for providing an almost instant supply of tea and coffee, they significantly reduce cooking time for pasta and veg etc. We will have a working Quooker on display at
Wealden Times Midsummer Fair.”

Danny: “A Dab Radio. There are so many options now to be hi-tec in your kitchen with the likes of ceiling and cabinet speakers.”

How do you best integrate the utilitarian elements of the kitchen into a seamless design?

Lindsey: “We’d advise you to move away from the American fridge and instead consider opting for a built-in larder fridge and freezer. In a similar vein, wine coolers with ambient temperature control mean no more nasty dust collecting wine racks. Pull out bins with metal shelves help prevent nasty smells, and provide plenty of space for recycling, and waste disposal units are making a comeback in a big way. Chargers and docking stations for phones and iPads
can be located in drawers to keep surfaces clutter free.”

How do you create a kitchen design that will stand the test of time?

Lindsey: “A good solid hand painted shaker door will never date – you can change the colour to suit your mood and changing fashions. An oak worktop will give a natural finish and always lend itself to current trends, as will stone – in light neutral tones with a stain resistant guarantee. Opting for natural when it comes to key components like surfaces and doors allows you to change wall colours without having to alter the whole kitchen.”

The Bathroom

Where do you find your inspiration for design and layout?

Lindsey: “To make sure the bathroom blends seamlessly into the home, we take into consideration the client’s style and ascertain how many people and who will be using the bathroom – an overhead monsoon shower head is fine for men, but ladies prefer an adjustable head so as not to have to wash hair each time. We start by finding the right tile to work with; there are so many to choose from now! Bathrooms are the new kitchens: digital controls are hugely important so you can start up your shower and get in when it’s at optimum temperature. We always put a summer element into the towel radiator to ensure no nasty damp towels during the warmer months, plus keep the space cosy with underfloor heating, too."

What essentials would you include in a bathroom design on a tight budget?

Lindsey: “I’d have to include a decent shower and taps – as they are now made with ceramic discs not washers, you need them to last – plus a low profile
tray in resin with a fast flow waste. A wall hung WC and semi pedestal basin would give floor space and by tiling only in the shower area you can always
change the paint colour of the rest of the room.”

How would you integrate soft furnishing into the bathroom?

Lindsey: “Blinds are a fantastic way of softening a look. Whether Roman, roller or digitally printed, the sky is now the limit. Coloured towels are a great means of creating an accent. If you have a large bathroom, a small chair for your partner to sit on provides quiet space for a chat away from the kids.”

The Interior

How would you fit contemporary ideas into a traditional building?

Lindsey: “We recently worked on a project where we incorporated traditional colours on the outside of the units with bright cerise pink on the inside . We also used a contemporary wallpaper in subtle colours – Farrow & Ball ‘Ocelot’ – an animal print with a touch of gold. Finishing touches such as contemporary handles complete the look.”

What’s the most interesting project you’ve worked on?

Alex: “An apartment in West London. We designed and installed fitted furniture in five bedrooms, plus hallway storage and five sets of bathroom furniture" see our recent post on designer storage solutions

Lindsey: “A kitchen in South London. We had to hide a whole laundry inside a unit including a Belfast sink and pull-out airer. We handmade banquette seating to accommodate up to ten people for family suppers, making it a user-friendly space for entertaining.”

How do you create attractive yet practical storage solutions?

Lindsey: “Many kitchens are going back to banquette seating with lift-up storage. We have also used this concept in boot rooms with a lift-up lid seat with shaker pegs or coat hooks above. Larders, both full height and dresser top, are a great space to conceal all the bulky items including toasters, Magimix and microwaves. Bespoke shelving and open storage are making a huge comeback and drawers are a must in kitchens – they bring everything to you and prevent grovelling into the back of units – we make them up to 1200mm wide with soft close runners able to take up to 30kgs of distributed weight. A tip to keep your drawers in order is to use glass top storage jars to store dry goods.”

Explore Burlanes’ bespoke kitchen, specially made for the Chefs’ Theatre at Wealden Times Midsummer Fair, from 5-7 June at Hole Park Rolvenden.

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