Monthly Archives: July 2015

Design Inspiration: Endless Nile Table

For a seamless, fluid design that breaks free of the constraints of geometry – thus creating a real statement piece for any kitchen – look no further than the Endless Nile table.

Created by the designer Karim Rashid for AMR Helmy designs (as part of Rashid’s Kairobjects collection), the piece has not only been influenced by Egyptian culture, but also has a part to play in the exciting evolution of Egyptian furniture design. Indeed, Rashid has stated that ‘the Egyptian furniture industry is now at a turning point, where the creation of a global brand and the development of an individual style is vital to build global business’ – and if Rashid’s aim is to raise awareness of the country’s growing design community, he has certainly achieved this. Critic Tanya Palta comments to this effect, noting that ‘the table successfully highlights Rashid’s inexorable pursuit of emphasizing a culture by creating an object that is decidedly striking and contemporary.’

‘Endless Nile’ is – if nothing else – a wonderful reflection of the slow, unending flow of the famous river. Influenced by history but characterised by a sense of modern movement, this table is both inspiring and practical – an unconventional table that also provides a unique seating solution.

Sponsored Dancer Stars in National Youth Ballet

Sponsored Dancer Stars in National Youth Ballet

Courtesy of the Dancing Times

Readers of our blog will know that we are delighted to support our local community; and one of the key methods by which we offer our support is through sponsorship.

Over the years we have sponsored several talented local dancers; and the eldest, Molly Rees, has gone from strength to strength. Originally from Eastington, Molly has been studying ballet full-time in London for six years; first with the Royal Ballet School, and now with the English National Ballet. Her latest achievement has been to land the lead role in the National Youth Ballet performance of Cinderella, choreographed by Wayne Sleep, in which she will dance the titular part.

The National Youth Ballet’s summer performances will be taking place at The Stag Theatre, Sevenoaks, on the 21st-22nd August, with a special Gala performance being held at The Bloomsbury Theatre, London, on Sunday 30th August. But if you can’t make it to London, a picture of Molly as Cinderella will be featured on the front cover of August’s Dancing Times, so do keep your eyes peeled!

The Joseph & Kingsley team would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Molly, and to wish her all the best of luck with her upcoming performances.

Connect with us for news of luxury kitchens and more!

Connect with us for news of luxury kitchens and more!

Did you know that Joseph & Kingsley can now be found on Google Plus, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest?

As huge fans of Pinterest, we’re quite excited to share our boards with our followers: from a collection of pins showcasing our favourite timbers (including oak) to a selection of our favourite design schemes, there’s a board for every kitchen acolyte. And these boards are updated and expanded regularly, so do check back frequently (and re-pin!)

We also love chatting to our customers and sharing news on our other social media channels; so, if there’s a burning question you’d like to ask us, or any tidbits concerning our luxury kitchens that you’d like to see featured, please don’t hesitate to connect with us!

Design Inspiration: Open Shelving

The idea of inviting guests to view your ‘insides out’ might be offputting to some people; to others, the addition of open shelving might even seem like an invitation for clutter. But not the designers at Joseph & Kingsley! We think that, when used correctly, open shelving can provide a practical yet immensely stylish addition to all bespoke kitchen designs.

There are a variety of ways in which to incorporate open shelving. You can choose to install a shelf (or multiple shelves) as a mantle, which can sit above a cooker or in the middle of wall units – thereby offering a fantastic space on which to showcase your favourite homewares, candles or vases.

Alternatively, you could choose to remove the frontals from your wall cabinetry or opt for an open corner wall unit with a curve, displaying your glassware or plates within a decorative plate rack, perhaps.

Or, for a modern, streamlined look, dispense with wall cabinetry altogether and use only shelves for storage, artfully hanging some pots and pans beneath as necessary.

Courtesy of House to Home

Key Colours for 2015: Farrow & Ball’s Breakfast Room Green

Key Colours for 2015: Farrow & Ball’s Breakfast Room Green

Courtesy of Farrow & Ball

Stunning solid oak kitchens require little decoration: the natural beauty of the high quality materials favoured by our designers means that a bare aesthetic can be extremely pleasing. However, we must confess that we are also very partial to the use of Farrow & Ball’s fine range of colours within our bespoke kitchen designs.

Farrow & Ball released their ‘key colour’ picks for 2015 some time ago, two of which we have already covered in our blog (Pink Ground and Light Blue); but this week we’re feeling in the mood for a verdant, summery shade – Breakfast Room Green it is!

This lively green is brings light and vibrancy to any room – regardless of the direction or the amount of natural light. It’s also very versatile: Farrow & Ball recommend pairing with the darker sage tones of Calke Green and contrasting with the stony neutral of Light Gray. For a very on-trend look, we suggest painting base cabinets in Breakfast Room Green and then opting for a lighter shade on wall cabinetry; or, alternatively, consider a striking green island with neutral off-white cabinetry to balance out the room.

If you’re looking for inspiration for your kitchen, why not view our online brochure? This catalogue contains details of our service and also contains pictures of real-life customer kitchens – all of which incorporate a range of colours and finishes.