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When buyers could be first-timers or retirees, ensuring a kitchen that has a sophisticated finish with seamless functionality creates a wide and winning appeal

A destination… a lifestyle… a community… homes at the Riverside Quarter in Wandsworth by Frasers Property Development are designed to give much more than luxury London living. With plenty of manicured green spaces, onsite facilities and even its own Thames Clipper pier, the central location combines convenience with the tranquility of a waterside setting. And indoors apartments all enjoy schemes designed for wellbeing as well as the wow factor ­– large open-plan kitchens with generous balconies and flexible layouts with an indoor-outdoor vibe, which maximise light and space.

Grant Swain from Nicholas Anthony designed the kitchen with a brief for a contemporary but homely feel. “We kept the design ‘unkitchenlike’ so it flows into the open-plan living space,” he says. “The handle-less style is on-trend and looks sleek and clean-lined. Gloss white was chosen to enhance the light and space, as with the mirrored glass splashback, which reflects light coming in from the sliding doors and gives a lovely reflection of the winter garden.  These finishes were teamed with walnut lacquer – selected because of its popularity and visual warmth – on the wall-hung pop-out section.”

Maximising storage was an important part of the brief and Grant specified a tall unit with internal larder and crockery storage as well as pullouts below the hob. “Appliances were chosen to best suit the potential buyer and include a high-spec microwave, multifunction oven and drawer dishwasher,” he says. The unobtrusive lines of the induction hob, integrated fridge-freezer, built-in extractor and under-mounted sink help to maintain a minimal feel, while the washer-dryer is hidden in a utility cupboard in the adjacent hallway

Although part of the kitchen wall protrudes – the bedroom on the other side has a niche where the dressing table is – the wall cupboards run flush with the tall cabinets, creating a frame effect around the pop-out section below, which is Grant’s favourite element of the design. “These ‘floating’ units are part of the kitchen collection,” he says, “but they look more like living room furniture and are used to integrate the two areas. We didn’t want it to be just a white kitchen and the pop-out section in walnut creates such a unique design.”

Making connections

Making connections

Making connections

Making connections

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