Our client had a fairly clear idea of the way they wanted their new kitchen to work. The challenge for us was to create a design that not only functioned effectively with all the things on the “Wish List” but it also had to have the understated, elegant look of a Black Rok kitchen. The client intended to knock the wall down between the dining room and the kitchen, they then wanted to relocate the kitchen to the opposite end of the space. They were keen that the kitchen would not dominate the space and would leave enough space for a dining table and chairs.
The wall run needed to house the oven, fridge, sink, hob and dishwasher, oh and a larder cupboard cut in around some pipe boxing. The base units are framed on either end by the tall units and the look is lifted by the wall units and panelling. The peninsula was to be kept free of any appliances but have space for seating and a mix of cupboard and drawer storage.
How it worked Out
The kitchen is a beautiful example of simplicity, the unfussy design sure to last the test of time. There are pleasing details such as the up lit panelling above the wall units and very elegant colour scheme, with the lava grey framing the white wall units and worktops. The high degree of functionality within a relatively small kitchen allows for the space to remain clutter free.
What our customer said
‘We are very happy with the design and quality of the kitchen, it looks and feels stunning’.
The key component with the design of this cubanite grey kitchen was to maximise the feeling of space and light. Our clients wanted the usual level of functionality within the kitchen space whilst also requiring a neatly concealed laundry zone in the new extension. The style needed to be subtle and elegant, allowing for the materials and finishes to add a touch of understated glamour.
After a fair amount of exploration the shape that best suited the space focused on a single long run of cabinetry along the main wall. With no wall units or tall units this run was to be elevated above the ordinary with 80mm quartz worktops, sitting above the handle-less channel detail.
This set a tone for the kitchen and blended the two spaces into one with the cabinets wrapping around the new opening. On the opposing wall the sink run featured the one tall unit, to house the fridge/ freezer, along with bins and the dishwasher. Two high level wall units provide useful storage whilst not interfering with the space above the sink. To add a further touch of glamour three simple LED illuminated glass shelves provide a little extra storage on both walls.
How it worked out
By keeping the main run of furniture to worktop height the space feels very open and light, whilst clever storage and fully integrated appliances ensure there is no compromise when it comes to functionality. The stainless handle-less channel detail and the worktops certainly elevate a very simple design to another level, whilst the sculptural Extractor hangs like a piece of art work above the hob. Elegance, simplicity and German functionality, mixed up with a little design flair… it’s another great Black Rok kitchen.
Our client had their heart set on adding bi-folding doors to the end of their white satin kitchen. The existing layout was an L-shape with a small door to the right hand side leading to the garden. The plan was to let the light flood in, opening up the space to the outside. In terms of the kitchen brief we had to find a way to conceal the boiler, have seating for four adults, house a full height fridge-freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, two ovens, large induction hob and plenty of storage for a young family. The feel of the kitchen had to be young, fresh and just a little bit quirky. They wanted something that really caught their imagination and justified the major structural rejig.
The key element is the seating area and the wrap-around units. This set the tone both in style and the colour scheme; the soft satin white sitting very comfortably alongside the Cornwall Oak, inviting a very easy interplay between the two finishes. The right hand side houses the built in fridge freezer and oven units, with super practical drawers running the entire length of the base unit run. The bi-fold wall units add further storage, whilst one hides the telescopic extractor and another conceals the boiler.
The sink area is compact but very functional, topped with quartz for a truly family proof ‘wet zone’. Big, chunky shelves were used to soften the edges and add space for family life and all that comes with it.
How it worked out
This kitchen is not the biggest we have done, not by a long way, but it is right up there in terms of style, practicality and, just as importantly, the way it makes you feel. It’s a space that feels right, it’s both glamorous and yet homely, modern but still a little bit rustic. It’s a pretty special mix.
The seating area looks great set against the wooden shelves with the soft, warm lighting. The simple lines, the practical layout coupled with a little bit of creativity show perfectly how you don’t need to have the biggest kitchen or even the biggest kitchen budget to end up with something a little bit special. We think this one really hits the spot.
Set within a high specification, interior designed property, this kitchen was as much about aesthetics as it was about functionality. The client was very keen that the furniture should appear built-in, with a small island and white quartz worktops. In terms of functionality a large oven bank with substantial refrigeration was required along with a varied array of drawers, cupboards and pull-outs.
To start with the design focused on how to best utilise the kitchen space to incorporate a fairly sizeable ‘wish-list.’ The shape of the room lent itself well to an island type layout, with two entrances, one leading to the lounge area and the other to a large, dining and living area. The flow was easy to achieve by grouping the appliances along the end wall with the gas hob and double bowl sink sitting along the back wall. The wall units were to be built-in using ceiling fillers sized to match the door widths, the look completed with LED down lights.
How it worked out
There’s a simple, elegant feel to this kitchen. The timeless white furniture and worktops giving our client freedom to play with various accent colours in due course. In fact, when we photographed the kitchen our client was deciding on the glass splash backs and was using the heather as a source of inspiration. The beauty of white is not only the versatility it offers but the way it maximises the available light. For a kitchen that does not have any windows, it feels wonderfully light and airy.
The simplicity of the design conceals considerable functionality with more than ample capacity for even the most serious of cooks. The ceiling fillers above the wall units are a nice detail as are the mitred corners on the island worktops and end panels. Simple, subtle and very, very stylish, it’s another Black Rok kitchen that’s so nice you just won’t want to leave.
Being installed within in a Grade 1 listed property in one of the oldest, most prestigious buildings in Brighton this kitchen had to be sensitive to the character of the building. Our client wanted their new kitchen to occupy less space than the existing one, in order to free up space for a small table and also make the cooking zone more compact and easier to use.
The design had to incorporate a washing machine, dishwasher, American fridge freezer, wine fridge, two ovens, not to mention a boiler and water tank. In terms of style they wanted something with both subtlety and elegance that would do justice to the building.
Whilst the left-hand wall served as a useful preparation area the right hand wall, seen in the image above, was messy and awkward. The plan was to try and create more of ‘work-centre’ where it was possible to access everything in the kitchen without having to take more than a few steps.
Every now and again, you walk into a space and an idea just hits you, this was one of those wonderful occasions. On first visiting the property the height of the rooms, coupled with the extraordinary ceiling detail, meant this kitchen had the chance to be something a little bit different. With such an abundance of height the eye just couldn’t help but be drawn up.
We settled on an idea to build a double height bank of wall units, which would not only house the boiler but would also step up at one end to allow the American fridge-freezer and ovens to sit alongside the sink section of worktop. A small island would provide further prep space, room for the hob and a place to sit and socialise.
In terms of cabinetry, the furniture was to be handle-less, high gloss cashmere lacquer. The original idea was to have contrasting white wall units but in the end the decision was taken to settle on one colour throughout. The major feature in the kitchen was to be the solid walnut block worktops and framing.
The timeless beauty of the wood being both a sympathetic, nod to the age and character of the building as well as a wonderfully tactile material that only gets better with time.
How it worked out
Described by our chief fitter as ‘a wall of awesomeness’ this kitchen delivers an impact that bellies its apparent simplicity. The high gloss furniture and the wooden elements combine together perfectly to deliver a kitchen that really does do justice to the property.
The feature wall units provide great storage, as well as hiding the boiler, but they also draw the eye upwards, as intended, to the wonderful ceiling detail. A pair of old ship lights hang from the ceiling with additional task lighting coming in the form of LED down-lights, integrated into the wall units.
The feature walnut worktop and framing add a luxury feel to the kitchen with details like the panelled area above the fridge and ovens providing additional visual interest, as well great storage for books and a stereo.
Whilst it can seem the obvious thing to do in a period property is to install a new kitchen that ‘pretends’ to be old, thankfully our clients on this job were determined not to fake anything.
In the same way that using a different type of brick to repair a building allows the building to be read like a diary, having the confidence to let the old integrate with the new is often how original architecture is most honestly preserved. Just as the original period detailing is a true reflection of its time, this is a kitchen that is proud to be of the now.
The aim here was to create a kitchen that worked not only as a great family space but just as importantly the kitchen had to deliver a very high level of functionality for some pretty serious cooking. Sitting within the open plan living space it needed to be somewhere the whole family could spend time together, children, grandchildren, two dogs and very occasionally the odd lamb! With this in mind the island was to be kept clear of any appliances, to ensure it was a child safe zone, there needed to be seating for at least 4 adults and ample preparation space. Whilst being sizeable, the kitchen had to sit within the space so as not to interfere with family life, big parties, table tennis and even the odd disco.
The L shaped island forms the centre piece around which the kitchen flows, with a large oven bank sitting alongside the fridge/ freezer. The sink and hob positioned on the long wall so as to be out of the way when young children are about. The freestanding fridge freezer, with ice and water, was to appear to be built in, sitting within framing, coordinated to match other detailing within the kitchen. To provide the ultimate in functionality a great deal of time was spent configuring the drawers and cupboards to provide exactly the storage our client wanted. For example, a special unit with a lifting platform for the food mixer were incorporated into the island to allow the appliance to be hidden away whilst at the same time being easily accessible for those big baking sessions. A bank of 3 Siemens IQ7000 ovens and a large warming drawer ensured once mixed, the cakes would never be short of an oven to hide in.
The simple white, handless cabinetry was to be finished off with composite worktops, an integrated sink, 100mm up-stands and feature wall panelling with led illuminated shelves.
How it worked out
The overall effect of this kitchen is exactly the light, open space our client was looking for, with both serious cooking and serious fun the order of the day.
The quality of the furniture underpins the functionality with some simple but effective lighting details really elevating the space to another level. The Terra Oak framing and panelling, the LED’s not to mention the vast oven bank all combine to great effect. It is often the way the various elements are integrated with one another that makes the difference in the overall feeling of quality, like the heavy clunk of a BMW or Mercedes car door closing; this kitchen just feels solid.
The attention to detail doesn’t stop with the cabinets and the layout.
For the ultimate in functionality and design, 100mm up-stands and window boards are all seamlessly joined to the worktops to provide a completely waterproof work area. Handy if the dog needs a bath! Set within a fantastic property, tucked away in a glorious location, this kitchen certainly had a lot to live up to. Does it deliver, we think it does.
To design and install a modern family kitchen, maintaining space for a table and keeping an open feel. Via a set of bi-fold doors the kitchen leads out on to a decked area so maintaining a sense of “flow” was very important. The client wanted a mix of modern furniture and natural materials for the worktops and spashback. The kitchen also needed to house a built in washing machine and make use of an existing larder cupboard.
The decision to keep the table and chairs meant the space available for the kitchen furniture and appliances was fairly limited. With this in mind the design needed considerable thought to accommodate all our clients’ wishes. The sink sits between a built-in washer/dryer and a built-in dishwasher. The existing larder cupboard was adapted with the door and mouldings re-clad in matching front material whilst the inside was reconfigured to accommodate the vacuum, ironing board and recycling bins. The feature part of the kitchen is the curved oven/hob run of units, topped with Iroko worktops.
How it worked out
Considering its size this kitchen works very well to provide a highly usable space both for cooking and socialising. The use of curves creates a simple yet striking look whilst the elegant mix of real wood and high gloss lacquer give the kitchen a truly luxurious feel. The warmth of the wood is further enhanced by the travertine tiling, used to great effect to add another layer of texture and interest.
Rough-Sawn Oak Veneer with Anthracite quartz worktops and electrically operated drinks cabinet
An entertaining kitchen! This customer was looking for something different, fun and striking to look at. Dinner parties and entertaining friends were an important part of the design along with the use of different colours and textures to create a striking centre piece for this period property in East Sussex.
With dinner parties in mind we designed a truly bespoke bar area incorporating an electrically operated glass fronted shutter unit mounted on a mix of high gloss and Macassar Ebony veneered panelling to create a collage effect. The whole unit was then back lit with high output LEDs to give a floating effect on the wall. A touch-sensitive panel at the base of the wall unit operated the open/close mechanism and also switched on the interior lights. The result is a drinks cabinet which makes mixing the cocktail almost as much fun as drinking it.
The main part of the kitchen was finished in rough-sawn planked oak veneer, painted in Antique White with a chunky, solid stainless steel bar handle with oak carcase sides. An AGA provided the main cooking requirements with a Siemens domino induction hob and compact oven/microwave for extra capacity.
How it worked out
The use of lighting, wood veneers and a touch of Black Rok magic meant that our customer ended up with the ultimate party kitchen, beautiful, tactile and useable, a true one-off, just as she requested.
Polar White design-glass doors with Terra Oak tall units and chrome quartz worktops – North London
To create an uncluttered, modern handle less kitchen incorporating an island and a split level breakfast bar within a light, open plan kitchen / dining room extension.
With a young toddler in the household the finishes needed to be very durable and easy to maintain but still be ultra glossy and light reflective, our Design-glass doors in Polar White fitted the bill perfectly.
The focal point of this kitchen was always going to be the island, the hob was positioned so that cooking would be a social affair, family or friends could sit at the breakfast bar while meals were being prepared. We built a dropped section of ceiling and installed a remote controlled ducted extractor above the hob to keep cooking odours to a minimum in the rest of the room.
The tall units and oven housings were built into a wall recess to give a sleek look to the kitchen and also to make the most of the space, finished in Terra Oak veneer they provide a stunning contrast to the Polar White glass base units.
The quartz worktop (Silestone) was specified to be only 20mm thick instead of the usual 30mm which helped to accentuate the stainless steel handle-less channel and give a less chunky, more delicate looking edge detail to the island.
What the customer said
“We recently had our kitchen designed, supplied and fitted by Ed and Jamie and we’re absolutely thrilled with the result.
The kitchen was always going to be the focal point of our newly refurbished house in North West London and so we were desperately keen to get it right.
Ed was fantastic the whole way through from initial designs, appliance advice etc, to the final installation. He is extremely patient and flexible whilst also being very personable and easy to deal with.
Jamie and Ed are very professional and it was great to be able to do business with them – Highly recommended!”
To create a modern, ultra functional family kitchen in a new kitchen extension. The brief here was to utilise every inch of space to the maximum, the kitchen needed to house an American fridge/ freezer and it had to have an Island, double oven bank and seating. What’s more it had to work within a space complicated by beams and existing walls, not to mention an adjoining utility and cloak room. The premium, as always, was space and knowing how to use it.
In order to incorporate everything our client wanted we had to utilise the space available in the very best way we could. The creation of an “S” shaped partition wall between the kitchen and the utility room allowed for one side to house the American fridge/freezer and the other side to house the Washing Machine and Tumble Dryer. This opened up the space significantly, allowing for the Island and Midi-Unit Oven housings.
How it worked out
Despite the simple appearance this is a highly complex kitchen. Once the design was finalised the next challenge was to accurately communicate with all the builders, plumbers and electricians involved in building the space. Details like flush fit extractor housings and built in refrigeration require careful planning in order that they come together on site and allow for a smooth, efficient installation. In this example everything worked out very well, quality workmanship by all the preceeding trades, combined with our own expert fitting team meant that 9 days after the fit began the Quartz was being installed and the kitchen was ready for use.
It’s a good feeling when it all comes together. This kitchen works beautifully in terms of functionality whilst subtle design details and high quality finishes create an understated, elegant space.
What the customer said
First impressions… ”Showroom was very impressive and liked the sleek look, staff very friendly and approachable.”
On the design process… ”Was very satisfied with the design process which resulted in us being more than happy with the final outcome.”
On the ordering process… ”Designs were available and accurate during the preliminary building phase and impressed that you took the time on a few occasions to come to site to ensure everything was ready for the installation.”
On the installation… “Apart from one small error which was rectified we are extremely impressed with the fitters who consulted with us immediately if there were any decisions that were required so as to ensure the final installation was to our specification. In addition to this the fitters had the ability to think outside the box and resolved a couple of design issues.”
On the kitchen and recommending Black Rok… “ We are extremely pleased with the final outcome and would have no hesitation in recommending Black Rok to our friends!”
For this new kitchen in Stonegate, the brief was to create a clean, fresh, family kitchen incorporating warm woody tones and modern handle-less furniture.
The kitchen area forms one end of an open plan living space and it was always important that the space would work as one fluid area. The kitchen needed to perform efficiently and provide all the necessary storage, refrigeration and cooking functionality you would expect in 21st century kitchen, without dominating the space.
The island forms the centre piece of the kitchen, sized and shaped to be big enough for breakfast-on-the-go whilst not being so big as to dominate the room. Positioning the induction hob on the island ensures that cooking is a truly social experience. The bank of tall units house the built-in refrigeration along with a large larder cupboard. Cleverly concealed behind the lacquered handle-less fronts are a range of storage options, the usual drawers and cupboards are complemented by a built in waste system and an under-counter wine cooler.
To maximise the feeling of space a simple open shelf completes the kitchen. The concealed fixings and integrated lighting make something really simple, really effective.
How it worked out
It’s always a great feeling when our customers are happy, not only with the kitchen we have installed but with the kitchen we designed. We often like to go back a month or two after the kitchen has been installed to see how things have worked out, apart from seeing the kitchen in action it’s also how we keep improving as designers. It’s our chance to see what’s worked and inevitably sometimes we see things that haven’t quite worked out as we intended. In this case, the kitchen has proved to be a great success. One of the great things is that it provides a wonderful back drop to a busy, vibrant family life. It has been beautifully accessorized to make it truly individual and unique to the family that use it.
What the customer said
First impressions… “Very smart and stylish showroom and made very welcome by Jamie and Ed.”
On the design process… “You worked tirelessly with our many alterations to our plans and we truly have the kitchen we’d dreamt of.”
On the installation… “The fitters were great – hard working, helpful and very efficient.”
On recommending Black Rok… “ We have recommended you and mentioned your name to all our kitchen admirers!”
High Gloss White Lacquer with Terra Oak Panelling and Aleutian White Quartz
Within a space not greater than 9m2 the challenge was to create a kitchen that delivered functionality at every point without compromising on simple, clean lines. Everything, right down to the sink had to be carefully considered to maximise efficiency, whilst minimising their impact on the space.
To achieve the required level of functionality within a small space needs more than just a well-considered design, it needs furniture that has the versatility to make use of all the space available, however small the space, if it’s used intelligently, it can function just as well as a kitchen twice the size.
To better understand the intricacies of this kitchen it is worth considering exactly what’s in it. At the far end, sitting below the hob, is a 900mm drawer unit and two different types of pull-out corner unit. There is also a built-in fridge, built-in dishwasher, pull-out waste bin, pull-out tray rack and two further drawers under the oven. And that’s just the base units! The state of the art IQ700 Siemens multi-function oven, warming drawer and a flexi-induction hob provide the same high level of functionality within the appliances. While the 20mm Quartz worktops and Terra Oak panelling maximise the feeling of space when combined with the two runs of flap-door wall units.
How it worked out
This kitchen is a great example of what can be achieved when the customer and designer work together, refining the design a number of times until they get what they want. This process is very much a two way street; our expertise in knowing what’s possible combined with our customers knowledge of what they want and how they will use the space.
Like all kitchens though, the design is just the start. Small spaces are not just hard to design; they make the installation a little trickier too. Once again our fitters did us proud! By the end of the first week the old kitchen was removed, first fix plumbing and electrics complete and the new kitchen furniture installed. In the second week the room was decorated, the appliances and lighting were installed and connected and finally, the worktops were fitted.
It’s a fantastic kitchen, delivering great levels of functionality whilst staying true to the brief of a clean, unfussy space.
What the customer said
Right from our first visit to the Black Rok showroom we were hooked and no other kitchen would do! We were struck by the professionalism, product quality and knowledge but also the friendly helpful nature of both Jamie & Ed, no question went unanswered and nothing was too much trouble. All our ideas and requests were incorporated into the various designs, of which there were quite a few before we reached the final one!
The delivery/installation date was set at 6 weeks from when we first placed the order and was adhered to which was excellent. From start to finish everything was fully project managed by Jamie who also fitted around timings to suit us, which we found very helpful. All the fitters and tradesmen were professional and considerate at all times. Everything was handled excellently and couldn’t be faulted in any way.
Our new kitchen is all we hoped and planned for and more, we couldn’t be happier. We would highly recommend Black Rok to anyone.
Working within the confines of a classic “L” shape this kitchen needed to combine all the practicalities synonymous within German technology whilst still delivering the designer look. The phrase “A place for everything…” describes the consideration given to the hidden workings of the kitchen, with clutter free living the goal.
The breakthrough came with the idea to set the midi-tall unit bank into the wall recess. This compact bank provides housing for the appliances along with two separate types of larder storage. By segmenting the units both traditional shelving and pull-out systems are incorporated to maximise the usability of the space available. The LED lighting built into the fly-over shelf above the units, creates an usual but eye catching area.
The handle-less base units are arranged to incorporate exactly the right amount and type of storage, with everything from pan draws to pull-out racking neatly concealed behind the handle-less lacquered fronts. Matching Grey Acacia worktops and panelling compliment the flyover shelf section and provide a subtle backdrop for the illuminated wall units. Combining both glass and solid fronts the wall units meet neatly in the corner to create another handy storage area for cookbooks and the like.
How it worked out
On visiting the site it was great to see this kitchen really does provide “A place for everything…” The range of storage options available coupled with the the simple, unfussy design create a kitchen that allows for uncluttered, family life. Design details like the flyover shelf and the segmented wall units lift the design to another level, creating interesting effects whilst never compromising the functionality of the kitchen. Expertly installed by our fitters, this kitchen shows how the ordinary can become extraordinary with a little bit of Black Rok magic.