bulthaup, considered materiality and detail within a listed Georgian mansion home


The perfect kitchen design not only creates a beautiful and functional space, it must understand and integrate cohesively within the architecture and heritage of a property while also meeting the needs of daily life.
In this blog, we look at a recent East Lothian project, a bulthaup b3 kitchen design within a listed Georgian mansion house.
Our client has a beautifully proportioned home, offering natural progression between kitchen and living space and beyond to an impressive garden through grand, ceiling height windows. The home also benefits from carefully preserved architectural features including original cornice and door architrave.
An important aspect of the design brief was to carefully consider and complement the original architecture and navigate a total of seven door and window openings within the room.  Future plans to form an opening between two Edinburgh Press cabinets will see the kitchen open into a generous new dining, living space.  
bulthaup b3 furniture, with timeless design and materiality respects and enhances such a home. Tall units are specified using a grey oak planked veneer, introducing a subtle textural timber grain.  A sand beige aluminium finish to island units adds an interesting layer with a soft sheen, appearing different tones from day to evening as the light gently moves through the space.
Slim, sand beige aluminium bespoke display cases, formed to slide into the Edinburgh press recesses and designed to sit proud, accentuate the original architrave joinery. Back lit illumination enhances our client’s displays, while floating grey oak veneer cabinets are a beautiful, textural partner. So too are solid oak, internal drawers with dovetail joins, creating layered contrast against grey oak drawer frontals. These bulthaup floating storage drawers, add practical storage within deceptively simple forms.
With waterfall sides wrapping the island and a continuous back panel behind sink area, Caesarstone quartz work surfaces, naturally light and with a delicate reflection, add a further layer of luxury and quality of finish.
Additional attention to detail with quartz returns and bronze inlay below the breakfast bar area, gunmetal sink base with quartz sides and a slim profile bulthaup aluminium shelf with reflective bronze mirror above. All details to add layers of texture and glamour to the space, complemented by a soft illumination from our lighting design.
Showcased in the case study video, bulthaup internal drawer accessories in oak, aluminium, steel and glass finishes were used to create maximum order and flexibility. Accents include, leather-lined cutlery holders, glass spice holders shaped to perfectly fit drawer prisms together with an ergonomically designed foil dispenser.
Appliance highlights include;BORA PUXAfull surface induction cooktop,Gaggenau ovens andaGastronorm drawer, ideal for slow cooking and plate warming, Siemens A-Cool double door refrigerator with freezer drawers and ice maker.  A Quooker boiling water tap with soap dispenser in an aged bronze finish adds further texture and practical luxury. All specified to meet the personal needs of our client.
The utility room beyond, designed in our System CI collection, uses a bespoke RAL finish to complement the bulthaup furniture in the main kitchen. Features in this hard working space include; generous storage, Sub Zero wine cooler,Gaggenau coffee machine and pocket door coffee station.
Considered use of quality material, detail and creative, practical design combined with an understanding and respect for architecture, ensures a cohesive balance where architecture and interior design work naturally together.

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