Stainless steel chic, Cotswolds

Charlie Luxton (above right, with Neil Clark, Managing Director of Franke UK) is an architectural designer and TV Presenter. His latest TV show, Impossible Builds aired in September 2018.

This is the home of Charlie Luxton, an architectural designer and TV presenter of homebuilding and renovation programmes. His self-build, sustainable home brings together stone, wood, metal and glass in a beautiful contemporary design that sits sympathetically in the Cotswold countryside. This materials theme is reflected in the design of his kitchen where the pared-back combination of natural English oak cabinets, polished concrete floor and sleek stainless steel worksurfaces creates an honest aesthetic and timeless kitchen space. 

Franke Products
Stainless steel worksurface in Finesteel polished in Band finish in a continuous length for the sink run measuring 4500 x 650mm and in 40mm thickness. This has been custom-made and seamlessly integrates two stainless steel sinks, waste pop up, soap dispenser and tap.

Sinks are by Franke’s premium KWC brand and are the ZOE 110-17 and 110-50 undermount options in stainless steel featuring the unique ghost overflow and pop up waste button. They are paired with a soap dispenser and elegant tap with pull-down nozzle in solid stainless steel, both from the ERA range by KWC

Design by Charlie Luxton,
Photography by Paul Craig, 

The appeal of steel, Yorkshire Dales

A classic country kitchen has been given a modern edge with bespoke made stainless steel worksurfaces chosen by style-conscious octogenarian Mrs Ray Hodgson, owner and occupant of Wraycroft Cottages in Reeth in the Yorkshire Dales. A lifelong fan of the material’s striking aesthetics and durable properties, Mrs Hodgson has brought her dream kitchen to life with the fully customisable range from Franke.

Indigo blue shaker style cabinetry contrasts with 40mm stainless steel worksurfaces creating a classic contemporary look. A stainless steel sink paired with a classic J-spout tap integrates into the worksurface and faces onto a beautiful garden and long-range views of the Yorkshire Dales, ensuring washing up at the kitchen sink is never a chore.

Franke Products
Franke’s bespoke made stainless steel worksurface FineSteel polished in Band finish in 40mm thickness.  A hob is integrated into the main run while the sink run seamlessly integrates with Franke’s 1.5 bowl Kubus stainless steel sink. An elegant Valais J-spout stainless steel tap adds the perfect finishing touch.

Kitchen by County Kitchens,