Mid-Century and Modern


We were asked by the clients to form an extension for the new kitchen and dining room. The style was very definitely mid-century way before it became the style de jour. Looking at the clean uncomplicated lines of mid-century design led us to a top lit, part new-part old solution blending the contemporary and mid-century modern against the traditional character of a Victorian family home in Balham.  The high ceilings and almost intact details of the ceiling roses, pediments, and covings were to be retained.

In the entrance hall was unusual plaster panelling formed to replicate timber panelling, and concealing the original Victorian wallpaper, the instruction was not to touch or damage the surfaces so a protective lining stretched from the front door to the kitchen entrance. Sufficient space for an extensive collection of mid-century ceramics, in everyday use, with pieces of pre-loved inherited furniture drove the storage and space planning decisions.  The choice of period materials, subtle colours and finishes influenced the final setting.

The kitchen was a purpose-built mid-century reproduction based on the minimal kitchen salvaged from the 1930’s installation which was salvaged and fitted into the new laundry room. Bespoke kitchen cupboards manufactured by Standforth reproduced in careful detail the essence of the early years of fitted kitchen furniture.  Again, sourcing modern materials to replicate original finishes and colour palettes allows the kitchen to become the focal point of the new space.

Photos supplied by  http://www.standforth.co.uk/

“Thank you. We are still absolutely loving the new space.”

Mike and Bridget