New kitchen looks for winter
Now the weather’s turned and we’ll all be spending more time indoors (again)… it’s time to start thinking about creating a cosy retreat in the hub of the home, the kitchen. Here’s my pick of best buys and latest looks coming your way this season.
MAGNET LAUNCHES NORDIC NATURE
Inspired by the natural beauty of the Nordic woods, valleys, mountains and fjords, Magnet’s new Nordic Nature range features oak-effect doors in smooth, fluted and glass-fronted designs – echoing the tactile forms found in nature. This exciting new range provides homeowners with another way to bring the outdoors in, connecting with nature and enjoying the wellbeing and calming benefits it brings.
The brand-new Nordic Nature frontal is a natural oak finish cabinet in two styles – Nordic Oak and Nordic Oak Wave. Nordic Oak is an oak slab door that juxtaposes the fluted texture of Nordic Oak Wave to create the perfect balance of smooth wood and warm tactility. These cabinets can be seamlessly paired with neutral cabinets from other Magnet ranges, such as the calming hues of Hoxton Pebble – also new to Magnet this autumn. The fluted glass cabinetry, named Vitrine Black Wave, provides a rippled contrast inspired by the cool streams and famous fjords of Scandinavia.
Bespoke elements include floating worktops, a choice of handle design, rounded end panels, fluted details, oak storage, a black linear light beam that can be controlled by smartphone, voice control or an optional kinetic switch as well as ribbed plinths. All of the wood is responsibly sourced and manufactured using 100% renewable electricity, and any timber waste from the manufacturing process is either repurposed, recycled, or reused to heat Magnet’s manufacturing site.
SMEG’S NEW BEAN-TO-CUP COFFEE MACHINE AND HAND MIXER
Small yet smart, the BCC02 Bean to Cup coffee machine from Smeg is packed with innovative features to brew the perfect coffee from start to finish at the touch of a button. With an array of styles and grinding levels, users can experiment and discover their perfect brew. A primary and secondary menu function creates ristretto coffee, espressos and americanos, as well as hot water. For those after a caffeine hit, different strengths and levels can also be selected via the touch menu. Lattes, macchiatos or cappuccinos more your thing? Frothy milk can be produced at the touch of a button and the machine will grind coffee to the perfect texture. It comes in a brushed aluminium and contemporary matte black, red, taupe or white finish with the iconic curvaceous fifties look.
The Smeg HMF01 hand mixer meanwhile is a must for budding bakers. The small but powerful 250W appliance offers all the features needed to whip cream, mix up batters and small batches of dough. Included are three attachments – wire whisks, beaters and dough hooks, plus a handy cloth storage bag. The most notable element is its nifty backlit LED screen that displays the chosen speed as well as a timer, showing minutes and seconds for ease and accuracy when whipping up new recipes and closely following instructions.
ARCHIVE BY SANDERSON DESIGN ACHIEVES INSTANT IMPACT
Give the kitchen an instant hit of colour and pattern with the Archive by Sanderson collection of wallpapers and fabrics. The archive vault has been unleashed and you can now buy their iconic Fruit fabric and Daisy wallpaper to give the kitchen eye-catching wow factor the minute you walk through the door. The fruit fabric motif was created by William Morris in 1864, providing the backdrop to many a Pre-Raphaelite gathering. The wallpaper was also a Morris design and the first of his ever to be sold.
CREATE WALL ART WITH NANOLEAF BESPOKE LIGHTING
Smart lighting innovator Nanoleaf has just launched its Elements collection of free-form ambient illumination. Ideal for kitchens, living spaces and bedrooms, these modular wood-look hexagon panels can be arranged into custom layouts to create a unique lighting experience. They look great switched on or off, as each panel has a wood grain-like texture for a natural, organic look. Create a geometric art installation on kitchen walls and connect to the Nanoleaf app to unlock a range of features to personalise your lighting further.
KITCHENAID’S STAND MIXER IN CAST IRON BLACK AND DRIED ROSE
The iconic KitchenAid Artisan Bowl-Lift 6.9L stand mixer not only has added power and capacity but it also now comes in two new colours. Go bigger and better with this latest model, which is now available in Cast Iron Black and dusky Dried Rose. It has 10 speeds and a range of dishwasher-safe stainless steel accessories including a flat beater, dough hook, 11-wire whip and pouring shield. There are also 15 optional extras for really keen cooks.
RUARK AUDIO’S R1 Mk4 RADIO FOR TUNES WHILE YOU COOK
Brighten up any kitchen with your favourite music – and play it loud! Ruark Audio’s R1 Mk4 radio has a hand-crafted slatted wood grille so it looks the part while its compact design ensures it fits neatly onto any worktop or window sill. It comes with OLED display screen, a quality Bluetooth receiver, USB-C charge and playback port, switchable auxiliary input and headphone output. Available in Light Cream and Espresso finishes.
TILE TRENDS FROM TILE GIANT
Give walls and floor a fresh new look this season with some fabulous new tiling. Tile Giant’s Metro range comes in gorgeous shades of light grey, dark grey and aqua amongst many others, while it’s Ornamental Kaira Star Grey ceramic design looks stunning teamed with Sequoia Light Oak Beige wood-effect underfoot.
PWS LAUNCHES BESPOKE INTEGRATED HANDLE COLLECTION
Outline combines aesthetic design, practicality and durability with intricate manufacturing techniques to offer a distinct and original collection; a first for the independent sector. Meeting the growing consumer demand for more personalised and tailored kitchens, the new range combines PWS’ most popular door families, across both classic and modern styles, with a selection of integrated handle options to offer the look and feel of a bespoke, premium kitchen but at an attractive price point.
Supported by a simple online ordering platform, a digital configurator, a comprehensive suite of trade materials and a brand-new consumer brochure, there are over 2,500 design possibilities. The collection, which features four different handle types; Portal, Edge, Channel and Extended Channel, is available to order now through PWS’ website.
Sourcing comfortable and stylish bar stools to complement your decor and to perfectly fit your kitchen island can be a challenge. Luxury chairmaker Cheeky Chairs has developed a solution by combining fashion with fine furniture to create a range of bar stool designs including the Turner Counter Stool. With a signature collection of beautiful fabrics designed by eminent textile designers, these comfortable British-made bar stools will brighten up your kitchen at any time of the year. All of Cheeky Chairs bar stools are handmade to order in a choice of designer fabrics and finishes with frames that can be professionally colour-matched and hand-painted. Seat heights can also be adjusted to exactly fit your kitchen island and soft seat fillings are all made from 100% natural materials.