These modern European kitchens are sleek, contemporary and über stylish. Clean, linear and ordered — they are as stunning as they are functional
The trend for open-plan living is rooted overseas, but it has never been more popular here in the UK. The Blade kitchen, by Italian furnishing company Modulnova and available from DesignSpace London, blurs the divide between the different zones of this open-plan space. The composition here features tall units finished in unassuming Iron Dust grey, an island in White Kos Fenix laminate and a timber ‘Face’ breakfast bar in Rovere Carbonne solid oak. Kitchen from £25,000. designspacelondon.com
The Pure S1 kitchen, from German company SieMatic, exudes stylish simplicity. The sleek handleless design is shown here in crisp Lotus White lacquer with a tactile matt finish. It features integrated appliances and a flush-fit hob, which complement the kitchen’s clean contemporary European aesthetic. Other coloured finishes available. Kitchen from £30,000. siematic.co.uk
Continental kitchens have made their way across the channel.
European kitchens are generally sleeker and more contemporary than their British counterparts. The traditional, hand-crafted look gives way to a stripped back, simple style that is clean, minimal and more akin to a photo studio than a functional kitchen. But don’t be deceived but their appearance. Europe is known the world over for its astounding feats of gastronomy, so function is still very much at the heart of these kitchen designs.
The island is key. The streamlined kitchen design focuses on an elongated island that connects the different areas of your space. If you have a large room, opt for a lengthy design that can rival the span of cabinetry on your wall run.
Keep it simple with a crisp white finish that celebrates the pared-back style, rather than a vibrant hue that will detract from the purist look.
Handleless cabinetry has a slickness that is hard to match, but if a push-to-open mechanism is too avant-garde, consider linear bar handles, subtle grooves or integrated handles that won’t detract from the modern European aesthetic.
Website exclusive: The Slim Collection kitchen, designed by Elmar and available from Laurence Pidgeon, has a streamlined appearance. The kitchen boasts floor-to-ceiling cabinets finished in Smoked Acacia veneer. The same wood has been used for the fold-up table at the front of the steel island. Kitchens from £20,000. laurencepidgeon.com
The AV 6000 kitchen, from Germany’s Häcker Küchen, is shown here in fresh Polar White satin lacquer finish. The purist design has handleless drawer fronts that exude cutting-edge modernity. Other finishes also avaialble. Price on request. haecker-kuechen.com
The ‘Form 45’ kitchen from Multiform channels Scandinavian simplicity. The razor-sharp Danish kitchen boasts straight lines and a super-slim look typical of contemporary Eurpoean interiors. The island is finished in 3mm-thick white-pigmented European oak veneer. The tall integrated cabinetry on the far wall features pocket doors that disappear into the cabinet, enabling your kitchen to transform from having a minimalist style into an open cooking workshop, which is ideal for open-plan living as it packs away neatly when not in use. Kitchens from £15,000. multi-form.co.uk
For more European-style kitchens read the July 2016 issue. Click here