Our clients love to cook and entertain guests, so our suggestion for a U-shaped island to allow the chef to be close to guests whilst still in the middle of the cooking action went down very well indeed. All the cabinetry is painted in Basalt by Little Greene, which is a brilliant contrast to the 40mm deep Corian work surfaces in Glacier White. To keep the ceiling clear and the overall look neat and streamlined, we thought that a downdraft extractor, set into the work surfaces, was exactly the right choice – this one is the Air Uno Chopin Evo model. Open shelves above the sink, paired with two end cupboards with natural oak interiors add practicality and that all important symmetrical aspect to the layout.

  • Location: Caversham, Reading, Berkshire
  • Style: Handleless Shaker
  • Colour: Little Greene Basalt (221)
  • Worktops: Corian worktop in Glacier White. 40 mm thick.
  • Hob: Siemens EH975MV17E
  • Ovens: Siemens HN878G4S6B
  • Extractor: Air Uno Chopin-Evo Downdraft Extractor
  • Fridge: Samsung RF9000
  • Dishwasher: Siemens SX779D00TG
  • Sink: Franke Kubus KBX 160 55/20
  • Tap: Insinkerator 3N1; steaming hot combined main tap.