Smeg Fridge – A Design Classic

Smeg Fridge Image

The Smeg fridge brings a retro look to many homes across the country – with fans including Wallace and Gromit! A widely recognisable product, the appliance is available in a wide range of soft 50’s pastels and various limited edition prints.

The company was set up in Italy in 1948 and established originally as a metal enamelling factory. They soon began developing appliances and in 1956 the first Smeg cooker was launched. They soon followed with one of the first ever front loaded washing machines.

In the 1990’s – the iconic Smeg retro fridge was released. The curvy look was a massive hit to add a quirky spin to the kitchen. Today, the fridges are still as popular as ever. They are an aesthetically pleasing item that can work amazingly well to enhance a kitchen design.

Smeg Fridge in Anthony Edwards Kitchen

 

Almond Biscotti Recipe

Almond Biscotti Recipe

We at Anthony Edwards Kitchens wanted to share one of our favourite recipes – from director Tony Myers. This recipe makes about 28 biscotti. If you decide to make them – show us your results by tagging us on Twitter or Instagram.

Ingredients:

145 grams blanched whole almonds toasted and chopped
1 teaspoon baking powder
A good pinch of salt
250 grams plain flour
150 grams granulated sugar
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon pure almond extract

Instructions: 

1. Preheat over to 150 °C and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Beat the eggs and extracts together and set aside.
3. Mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
4. Gradually add the egg mixture until a dough forms, adding almonds halfway through.
5. Form dough into two logs on the prepared baking sheet.
6. Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until firm to the touch (logs will spread during baking).
7. Remove from oven and cool for 10 minutes.
8. Cut into 1.5cm slices on the diagonal.
9. Arrange on baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.
10. Turn slices over, and bake for 10 more minutes, or until firm to the touch.
11. Cool, and store in an airtight container.

Tip: The mixture gets sticky, keep hands damp!

 

Behind the Scenes on an Anthony Edwards photoshoot

Behind The Scenes Anthony Edwards Kitchens

After recently joining the team at Anthony Edwards, I very quickly got the chance to assist on a photoshoot of an amazing kitchen in Preshaw. This project had features such as copper pendant lights, tall grey kitchen cabinets and a larder. My immediate reaction to the kitchen was that it was spacious and had a really interesting modern design.

Before beginning the photoshoot, the first step called for me and Kahren to make sure the space was ready to be shot. Fortunately, the homeowner had taken it upon herself to make sure all the surfaces were clear before we arrived – making for a good start. I was kept busy arranging books and other small items before the shoot properly started.

The shoot then began with photographer Michel. It was extremely insightful to see how Michel worked and how the collaboration between him and Kahren flowed so easily. The kitchen had a lot of truly interesting features so quite a few angles and perspectives had to be shot. Michel also worked with adjusting exposure and seeing where the natural light would compliment the kitchen.

Anthony Edwards Kitchens Photoshoot Outcome

My personal favourite feature within the kitchen was the set of magnificent copper pendant lights. They added quirkiness to the kitchen and complimented the grey tones beautifully. Anthony Edwards do work a lot with experimental lighting and it makes such a bold statement that works so well. Within this kitchen, there was also uplighting on top of the wall units. This created such an interesting glow of light that elevated the features even more. This kitchen had been lacking the presence of light before so the owner was extremely pleased with the transformation.

Throughout the shoot, I was on hand to adjust certain elements and make sure every detail looked just right – for example making sure the picture board was secure and aligned right. I also helped move a few pieces out of frame in order for certain features to be more visible. It really was a smoothly run process and it was great working with Kahren and Michel.

For my first experience working on an interior shoot, I truly did enjoy myself. The shoot didn’t take too long and all of the vital features in the kitchen were photographed well. The final photos came out brilliantly and did justice to the true atmosphere of the kitchen.

PHOTOGRAPHY: MICHEL FOCARD DE FONTEFIGUIERES

AGA – A Design Classic

Beloved by many Brits, the AGA is a totemic symbol of country living. The warm heart of the home, it provides constant heat to suit our damp climate.

Invented in 1922 by a Swedish Nobel Prize winner Gustaf Dalé, the license was bought by a British company seven years later who then began manufacturing. The AGA was revolutionary as it could be left on all day without the need for constant attention. Today, they are made in a Shropshire foundry which is listed as a world heritage site.

This iconic product is an opinion divider for many people with its various pros and cons. However, nothing quite creates that unique homely warmth in your kitchen on a wet cold day. Its shape and style timeless and long lasting – the AGA has firmly cast itself into British culture and will do for many more years to come. A true design classic.

AGA collage Anthony EdwardsSOURCED FROM: AGA/PINTEREST/AEK

Copper: for a unique kitchen

Copper has been at the forefront of design for a few years now and it is certainly finding it’s place within the kitchen.

The material can really add a modern twist to your space whilst still remaining elegant and simple. Here at Anthony Edwards we have started working with copper within many of our projects. Statement lighting is one item that copper can really work for. Within one of our Petersfield kitchens, we showcased a beautiful set of copper pendant lights – that were featured on Houzz in a recent ideabook of theirs. They also caught the attention of Aidan Keane when this kitchen was featured on Channel 4’s Big House, Little House back in April. They worked well to make a powerful statement against the white aesthetic and more muted tones.

We’ve also used copper more extensively, in the form of worktops and bespoke shelves. A Hawkley kitchen of ours used the Anthony Edwards Modern Country style as a starting point to mix a beautiful homely layout with an eye-catching, dynamic copper worktop. The copper finish isn’t overused but it brings a quirky spin to the kitchen.

Copper, along with rose gold and brass, can really bring a sense of warmth and cosiness into the house. In a kitchen it can be the perfect addition to make a design statement. It’s certainly not for everyone but it is something that can be brought into the kitchen in any scale.

Copper can be used in so many unique ways. There are more and more copper pieces emerging on the market that can provide a simple but pleasing touch to your kitchen. A copper kettle, a copper clock or a copper cutlery set: the possibilities are endless.

SOURCED FROM: PINTEREST/AEK

Anthony Edwards wins Houzz award

We are thrilled to announce that we have won a prestigious award, “Best of Design for the Surrey Region” on Houzz, the leading platform for home renovation and design.

The Best of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 40 million monthly users on Houzz. “We’re so pleased to award Best of Houzz 2017 to this incredible group of talented and customer-focused professionals,” said Andrew Small, MD of Houzz UK and Ireland. “Each of the businesses that were awarded, were singled out for recognition by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts for helping to turn their home improvement dreams into reality”.

The photo below shows one of our most popular images, a freestanding larder cabinet, it currently has been saved almost 50,000 times! We think that one of the reasons that this particular image is so popular is that it shows how creating a really well organised larder interior can be designed with space for not just food, but also for small appliances, cookery books and crockery and in a way that looks good.

For more information see us on Houzz.com

Anthony Edwards Larder Cabinet
Award winning kitchen image

 

Midcentury Modern no.1 – Case Study

Happy New Year to you all! Our new website is finally here and we are celebrating with our first blog post – a case study for a Midcentury Modern style kitchen project for a client in Petersfield.

We designed this space for a client (a local garden designer) who had recently acquired a detached chalet bungalow style property with good overall proportions, great natural light and a lovely wide garden. Unfortunately, it had some very dated finishes, for example super swirly artex ceilings, a no longer serviceable kitchen and awkwardly proportioned separate kitchen and dining room (see below for before photos).

The client had already seen the potential to knock through between dining room and kitchen to create an open plan kitchen/living/dining room. It was our job to design this whole open plan space, including the kitchen, dining and living area.

Central to the design concept was establishing how the customer could use the space to maximise the benefit of the light and views of the garden and in deciding on the ‘sweet spots’ (best places) in the new space. It was clear that one of the sweet spots would be in the kitchen area, close enough to get a good view of the garden, comfortable enough to linger – from this the idea of a panoramic window with bar area was born. Continuing the kitchen around in an L-shaped gave plenty of space for all appliances and cabinets with generous space leftover for a dining table. To run wall cabinets all the way along the main run uninterrupted, we needed to block up the small north-west facing window, which was fine as with the other new windows, we knew that there would huge quantity of natural light coming in. We had to work with the constraint of the position of the boiler, which also needed replacing, so we used the opportunity to move it to the corner and build a cabinet round it which could also serves as recycling storage. By reconfiguring the wall opposite the garden we had space for a freestanding cabinet.

To complete the overall design, we included a set of matching sliding patio doors out to the garden to the left of the kitchen and a new sliding door to the hall to give a lighter, more modern feel to the entrance to the room.

Having established the layout of both the open plan space and the kitchen, we then turned our attentions to the look. We had worked with this customer before so we had a good understanding of their style preferences. We also knew that with the period of the property we had the opportunity to create a really special design – a modern kitchen with Midcentury features we all agreed would be perfect. To create this look we incorporated three particular features: a freestanding larder cabinet with multicolour block doors/drawer fronts and tapered wooden legs, wall cabinets and multicolour cubby holes all framed in a wood effect panel, and wood breakfast bar office style cabinet with inset handles and tapered wooden legs.

The next step was to put produce renders/3D visuals and overall 2D plans to show the customer how the final kitchen space would look, and to consider options for colours and finishes. Our first designs for the kitchen concept proposed a neutral colour palette with flashes of teal and burnt orange, two colours that the customer really liked and we felt would work with the midcentury style. The final design actually used different shades of greens and blues instead of burnt orange as an accent – effectively calming down the scheme from the effects of the very strong sunlight and giving a more Skandi colour palette.

Once we had the overall concept agreed we moved onto producing detailed 2D drawings and specification and organising the building works side of things. As well as the kitchen and windows/doors, we also managed the building works; walls, floors, electrics and plumbing. To give a coherent look to the extended space we specified a retro style patterned wall paper for the hall and even wallpapered the sliding door and pelmet holding the sliding gear mechanism.

Concept Design Visual showing new shape of the room and layout.

On site prepping for the new panoramic window to be installed.

Breakfast bar area with office style cabinet, looking over the garden.

Freestanding larder cabinet with tapered wood legs and multicolour block door/drawer fronts.

Multicolour wall cubby holes with wood effect framing, incorporating undercabinet LED lighting.

The result as you can see is really stunning (spot the difference with the 3D concept render) – it is a great space that works at anytime of day and really shows of the best of the property’s features and all on a very reasonable budget, we hope you like it!