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.

Design Inspiration: The Artichair Project

As purveyors of fine solid oak cabinetry and wooden worktops, we’re always feeling inspired by nature when it comes to designing our luxury kitchens – and so when we heard of a unique, eco-friendly project being undertaken by designer Spyros Kizis, we had to take a closer look.

Courtesy of Spyros Kizis

The ‘Artichair’ resembles the iconic Eames plastic armchair, which was designed by husband and wife duo Charles and Ray Eames in the later 1940s. One hundred percent recyclable, the chair was composed with flexibility in mind – a clean, simple chair that could fit well into a variety of environments.

Kizis has taken this versatile, environmentally-driven ethos one step further with his Artichair collection. As he puts it, ‘the philosophy for this series is based on the relevance of ‘tangible nature’ and how production using it gives the object its own unique characteristics.’ Each item is made from ‘artichoke thistle fibre reinforced plastic’ – a new, extremely eco-friendly material that has been created by Kizis from a biological resin and Greek artichoke thistle fibres.

The resultant plastic boasts similar properties to fibreglass – which is popular in furniture design as it is highly malleable and lightweight whilst offering good insulation – whilst also being entirely biodegradable.

We can’t help but be amazed by this ingenious new chair, which is both stylish and sustainable – we can’t wait to see what Mr Kizis comes up with next!

Festival Recap: Solid Oak Kitchens on Show!

It’s funny to think that this time last week we were in the process of setting up for the Cheltenham Food Festival – no mean feat when your task includes building one very large (very beautiful) working kitchen set complete with island, plus three smaller bespoke islands! – and now it’s all over.

But what a wonderful weekend it was! Here are some key moments from our festival experience:

The sun shines on the site of the festival on 10th June, 2015 – just two days until kick off! Sadly the weather didn’t stay quite this beautiful for the duration …

Festival Recap: Solid Oak Kitchens on Show!

10th June, pm: did we mention that at this point there were just two days to go?! Lots to do, but our hard-working team never fails.

Festival Recap: Solid Oak Kitchens on Show!

11th June: we’re still a way off what we had in mind for the main set – but will the finished set live up to our hopes?

Festival Recap: Solid Oak Kitchens on Show!

12th June, am: the morning of the Festival, and our team’s work is done. Yes, the finished set will do nicely, thank you very much!

Festival Recap: Solid Oak Kitchens on Show!

12th June, am: all ready for cooking now – we had better find some chefs!

Festival Recap: Solid Oak Kitchens on Show!

12th June, am: our lovely bespoke islands, bedecked with treats for our visitors. Including…

Festival Recap: Solid Oak Kitchens on Show!

…these rather gorgeous cupcakes. Yum.

Festival Recap: Solid Oak Kitchens on Show!

12th June, pm: visitors flock to the Joseph & Kingsley sponsored ‘Kitchen Theatre’ (also known as the ‘Chef’s Kitchen’) tent to indulge in some top-notch cookery demonstrations. A number of chefs cooked over the weekend, including Stefan Gates and Jean-Christophe Novelli.

Festival Recap: Solid Oak Kitchens on Show!

12th June, pm: a chef from Beronia Txoko enjoys cooking within one of our solid oak kitchens as much as we enjoy watching her!

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank the organisers of the festival, all the chefs that cooked within the Kitchen Theatre, and of course all the visitors who showed us their support – it was a fabulous weekend and we were thrilled to be a part of it.

Sadly our festival kitchen displays have now been dismantled, but if you’re hungry for more, please pop into our Cheltenham showroom – we’re just across the road from the Montpellier Gardens. Alternatively, if you happen to be near Swindon on the 27th-28th June, we’re delighted to be sponsoring the Chef’s Kitchen at the Swindon Food and Drink Festival too, so do come on down!

Enjoy our Bespoke Kitchen Designs at the Cheltenham Food Festival This Weekend!

It’s Thursday 11th June and there’s a buzz of excitement in the Joseph & Kingsley Cheltenham showroom; because, just over the road from us, our team are busy at work assembling a range of bespoke kitchen designs that our designers have been poring over for months.

‘Why are they doing that?’, we hear you cry. Our answer is thus: it’s time for the annual Cheltenham Food Festival, that’s why, and Joseph & Kingsley are thrilled to be sponsoring the famous Kitchen Theatre this year!

From Friday 12th June until Sunday 14th, food fans and keen cooks alike will flock to Cheltenham’s beautiful Montpellier Gardens to enjoy a real celebration of gastronomy: from stalls to marquees to cooking demos by famous chefs (Michelin stars and all!), there is something on offer to suit every taste.

The live Chef’s Kitchen that we spoke of – in which a variety of chefs will cook all through the day, teaching recipes and dishing up new creations for their audiences – has been lovingly created by the Joseph & Kingsley team this year: and our sneak peek of the drawings plus the build so far (pictured) have left us in a state of excited anticipation. We’re certain that our kitchens are going to look beautiful!

So if you are heading to Cheltenham for the Food Festival, please visit us in the Kitchen Theatre – there will be fantastic demos from 12 noon on Friday, 11am on Saturday and 10:30am on Sunday. Our friendly team will also be on hand with a few goodies. Hope to see you there!

Design Inspiration: Range Cookers

Whether you are a keen chef or simply wish to invest in a cooker that caters for every occasion whilst looking stylish, a range cooker should be a strong consideration for any kitchen.

Of all range cookers, the AGA design is probably the most recognisable: a familiar and luxurious cooker that has come to symbolise the essence of a country kitchen. AGA have developed their range considerably over the years; their ovens now feature many functions and encompass a range of styles, from traditional aesthetics to the more modern.

Design Inspiration: Range Cookers

Courtesy of House to Home

However, if you wish to try something a little different, providers like Mercury and Falcon have some stunning designs to offer. We have a soft spot for the Mercury range with induction hob that is featured in our Cheltenham showroom (which comes in an array of fabulous colours, including eye-catching purple!) but there are many possibilities for luxury kitchens.

Opting for a range cooker creates a wonderful focal point for your kitchen design, and can either act as a striking contrast (a cherry red range cooker within a white and grey scheme, for example, as pictured) or can tie into your overall scheme as a charming, homely feature.

Enjoy Solid Oak Kitchens From Your Armchair: View Our Video and Browse Our Brochure!

Joseph & Kingsley has now been open for two years – where has the time gone?! – and we have been proud to design and install a wide variety of stunning solid oak kitchens during this period.

What better way to show off these fabulous designs and give customers a taster of our work than with our very own video? Last year we were delighted to shoot a short introductory video on location -from within a completed kitchen project and our showroom – detailing the process from start to finish.

If you are curious about the Joseph & Kingsley experience, we warmly welcome you to view this introductory piece, which can be seen on the homepage of our website, on our Youtube channel and below, should you prefer!

Our current brochure provides valuable insight into our service, too; not only does this brochure discuss our kitchen styles – Cotswold, In-Frame and Chatham – and free of charge bespoke design service, but also features a fantastic spread of images capturing real-life customer kitchens. Best of all, the brochure is fully available to view online.

We are proud to document our finished work and have been delighted with the overwhelming support from our customers, who have kindly allowed us back into the home to photograph and film; we hope that you find these examples equally inspiring. Should you require a hard-copy version of the brochure, or if you would like to discuss your kitchen project with us, please don’t hesitate to visit our Cheltenham showroom; alternatively, please contact us by telephone or email.