An open plan kitchen/diner/study – style and function from Joseph Joseph:
There have been plenty of times in my life when I’ve moved home and by necessity had to gut the kitchen. In my last home I managed to cook for eighteen months with a portable electric hob and a microwave sitting on a kitchen table. While the kitchen needed to be replaced, in what appeared to have been a property let to the Young Ones, I didn’t have the budget when I first moved to get things done the way I wanted. Unwilling to compromise, I camped out. This time though, things are different. There’s no reason at all to replace the kitchen. Stylish wenge and white units topped with white Carrara marble in a vast white space housing not just the kitchen but a dining area and the study where I spend most of my day.
There are two main challenges for me with the kitchen. It’s been designed as a large island area, with a suite of microwave, fridge freezer and larder in the area that is designed for dining. There are no wall cupboards and storage in the part of the kitchen where I cook is quite limited. And, there are only three plugs – all fitted in a trendy pop-up unit into the work top. So, in terms of planning my kitchen, I’ve had to rethink a lot of the way I used to manage things.
Firstly, I’ve found two designers that I love and that I believe produce kitchen goods which are both functional and beautiful. The first is Italian designer Allessi. I love the slightly tongue in cheek nature of Allessi design. I’ve indulged in a stunning shiny hob top kettle, complete with bird whistle, a pretty and functional folding ‘fish’ trivet and a cheeky cat bowl.
My second designer of choice is Joseph Joseph. In the past I’ve had a few smaller items – a spoon stand, a special chopping board that folds to make a kind of funnel and a stand for my kitchen sink utensil. But the stylish brushed chrome utensils look really smart in my open plan kitchen area and I also (some might say sadly) fell in love with the extremely practical totem bin. I have the small size – which is perfect for one or two people. There’s a drawer at the bottom for my paper and plastic recycling and a smart little caddy for compostable food waste. It works perfectly.
I’ve also ended up with three brushed chrome storage pots for tea, coffee and sugar and with a brushed chrome and grey utensils carousel.
The item I’ve been coveting for a while is the Index™ 100 cutting board set with stainless-steel case.
It really is rather a stunning set of chopping boards. Of course, I have chopping boards. An odd assortment of mismatching plastic and wood boards that I’ve gradually bought. But, this set is smart enough to leave out on the counter top – and in my kitchen with its limited storage, that’s a real asset
The lovely people at Joseph Joseph suggested they could send me a set to review and I’m even more pleased with the real thing than I anticipated. The boards have smart stainless steel ‘tags’ so you know what each one is for. It’s important to try and keep your ‘raw meat’ cutting board for just that – even if you scrub the boards well, it’s very easy to contaminate cooked food with the bacteria in raw meat that is generally destroyed when you cook.
They also have neat coloured non-slip feet on both sides. And, they come in a very smart brushed chrome caddy that means I can always find them quickly.
All in, I am genuinely delighted with my Joseph Joseph products. I will be continuing to collect more – I’m after some of those brightly coloured stacking bowls next. And, perhaps some of the microwave set. At this rate I’ll need a new kitchen just to find space for everything. Why not check out the Joseph Joseph website and pick your own favourites!
Disclosure: I was given a set of Index™ 100 chopping boards for the purpose of this review. All other items were purchased by me. All views are my own and I was not required to write a positive review