Harvey Jones – Linear Kitchen
The house Rodney Morgan shares with his partner and young daughter in Newport, South Wales, once formed part of Tredegar House, a neighbouring seventeenth-century mansion. Built in 1910, it was originally used by Lord Tredegar’s butlers and servants. The slender proportions of the conservatory were too small for his growing family, so Rodney produced drawings for a more substantial extension to accommodate his ideal kitchen: a functional family space fusing ‘modern and traditional’ features.
The architectural design cleverly draws in the lush greenery of the garden: towering conifer trees are visible through a large apex window. A four-meter long window runs horizontally beneath, ‘so you have a panoramic view of the garden as you’re standing at the sink’, says Rodney. Skylights ensure the kitchen is flooded with natural light throughout the day.
After showing the designer at Harvey Jones his plans, they collaboratively ‘moved things around a bit and juggled’. An island was positioned directly beneath the ceiling’s central wooden beam, from which three stainless steel lights hang. Three chairs at the end of the island offer the family a view of the garden while eating. Thanks to Rodney’s Italian heritage, the kitchen is often the focal point for family gatherings.
The ‘Linear’ style is slick and sleek: copious cupboard doors with concealed hinges provide plentiful storage alongside dovetailed solid-oak drawer boxes with ‘Linear Loft’ handles in brushed chrome from Hafele. The minimalist, modern design allows the surrounding natural scenery to add drama, while the pale palette exudes a simple freshness. Cupboards hand-painted in Dulux’s ‘China White’ are set against soft grey polished concrete-style flooring, which harmonises with white Teltos quartz worktops from Cardiff Marbles. With Rodney’s blueprints now transformed into a 3D space, it’s a spacious kitchen the young family can enjoy for years to come.