Bespoke, classic, beautifully constructed English kitchens
Martin Moore has been designing and building beautiful kitchens for more than four decades, creating classic English furniture for traditional and contemporary homes since 1975.
It all began when Martin and his wife Barbara bought a Victorian house in need of renovation and wanted a kitchen that would complement its period surroundings. Martin, a design engineer, set to work designing and making furniture that would suit their family life. This passion became a business and today the company has eight showrooms across Britain (the newest opened in north London’s Muswell Hill in April this year), undertaking commissions for kitchens, and other projects throughout the home, in Britain and Europe.
From the very beginning, designs drew inspiration from the elegant symmetry and proportions found in the work of neo-classical masters such as Inigo Jones. Individual, ageless and beautifully constructed from the highest quality materials, a Martin Moore kitchen is a contemporary classic, designed to transcend fashion. The company understands that no two families are the same, so no two kitchens should be either. Every project is bespoke and design themes are intended to be inspirational rather than prescriptive. For instance, The Modernist is contemporary but contains references to the past; New Classic has generous work surfaces that are perfectly suited to today’s open plan living; and the recently launched New Deco Kitchen takes ‘classic contemporary’ into a different realm.
The latter also marks an important milestone in the company’s journey as it’s the first kitchen to be wholly designed by Richard Moore, the second generation to work in the family business. Though inspired by 20th-century design, Richard’s New Deco Kitchen is very much a kitchen for the 21st century, incorporating ‘floating’ freestanding pieces and clever shadow lines in all the cabinetry. Modern framing replaces traditional cornices and doors are either flush or simply framed without beading, while materials such as marble, limestone and veneered timbers are used for cladding and inset panels.
Recent projects include a church assembly hall with a towering roof, cast iron spans and clerestory window lines, that has been repurposed into a home. Commissioned by a client who knows food, cooks brilliantly and likes nothing better than to entertain, the Martin Moore kitchen brings the eye back down to ground level with warm tones, natural mat erials and the unmistakable look of real furniture, built on a grand scale in response to the setting. In contrast, the owners of a large family home in the country wanted furniture that was designed for a particular task or zone, giving the kitchen a calm air even when cooking for large gatherings, and has distinct areas for socialising, relaxing and dining in addition to cooking. The style and proportions of Martin Moore’s Architectural collection suit the room perfectly. The clean, sleek lines are accentuated by long elevations and built-in cupboards in a combination of natural oak and hand painted finishes.
Whatever the style of property, Martin Moore makes furniture that not only fulfils its function perfectly, but is individually tailored to each client’s home and lifestyle.
Martin Moore, 176 Westbourne Grove, London W11 2RW. +44 (0)1619 282643