Insider Guide: kitchen/bathroom showrooms

Roca London Gallery

Nine of our favourite kitchen and bathroom showrooms in London

 

ELLE Decoration’s Homes Director, Jackie Daly, gives us the lowdown on the capital’s kitchen and bathroom showrooms.

 

Boffi
Just walking around the Boffi Chelsea showroom instills a sense of calm. Hunt for achingly chic Italian designs and iconic bathroom pieces. There’s an equally inspiring Boffi showroom (displaying both kitchen and bathroom designs) located on London’s Wigmore Street: an area known among designers as ‘kitchen alley’. (254 Brompton Road, London, SW3; 25 Wigmore Street, London W1)

White units create a barely there aesthetic in this Copenhagen apartment. This Boffi cabinetry is designed with recessed handles that conserve the clean, streamlined lines; the units stand on metal plinths and reflect light, so they appear to levitate above the floor (boffi.com)Photography: Karina Tengberg Styling: Tami Christiansen/House of Pictures

The Boffi cabinetry in this Copenhagen apartment is designed with recessed handles to conserve the clean, streamlined lines; the units also have a metal plinth which reflects light, so they appear to float above the floor. Photography: Karina Tengberg Styling:Tami Christiansen/House of Pictures House of Pictures

 

CP Hart
CP Hart is usually one of the showrooms to stock brand-new bathroom designs, which is why its flagship Waterloo branch is a great place to hunt for on-trend items. (Newnham Terrace, Hercules Road, London SE1)

 

Design Space London
This is the home of ultra-contemporary kitchen design: think copper worktops and double islands linked by bridge-style work surfaces. Pop into one of its two London showrooms – Battersea and Wigmore Street – to see Italian brand Schiffini and Italian style-setter Modulnova’s ranges. (120 Webber Street, London SE1; 126 Wigmore Street, London W1)

Modulnova white kitchen.

Modulnova white kitchen.

 

Kitchen Architecture
Head to Kitchen Architecture for slick, intelligently designed Bulthaup kitchens. Run by Rob Gelling, the studio blends its furniture into the architecture of a property – hence the name – and specialises in creating practical kitchen-living spaces. If you’re close to Oxfordshire, take a drive to its Summertown showroom or drop into the Putney shop to view the furniture. (145–149 Lower Richmond Road, London SW15)

 

Molteni & C Dada
Immerse yourself in cool, discreet design at Molteni & C Dada’s Shaftesbury Avenue store. A great place to see designer collaborations by the likes of Giò Ponti and Patricia Urquiola, it’s also the London home of Dada kitchens. This Italian maker’s style is sleek and simple: we love its ‘Tivali’ kitchen by Dante Bonuccelli, which is hidden within a cabinet. (199 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2)

 

Poliform
Design hunters flock to Poliform for Italian furniture and Varenna kitchens. We love this Italian manufacturer’s simple aesthetic and savvy, modular storage systems. The ‘Twelve’ kitchen (the doors and worktops are all 12 millimetres thick), designed by Carlo Colombo, sums up the brand’s style. (278 King’s Road, London SW3)

The 'Twelve' stainless steel and black frosted-glass kitchen with Barazza steel worktop by Carlo Colombo, from Poliform Varenna

The ‘Twelve’ stainless steel and black frosted-glass kitchen with Barazza steel worktop by Carlo Colombo, from Poliform Varenna

 

Roca London Gallery
Designed by Zaha Hadid, Roca London Gallery is a jaw-dropping architectural space (pictured). Take a moment to appreciate Hadid’s genius before browsing Roca’s impressive selection of bathtubs, taps and other bathroom accessories. (Station Court, Townmead Road, London SW6)

Roca London Gallery

Roca London Gallery

 

Teuco
For jet baths that soothe tired limbs and head-turning modern bathroom designs by creatives such as Luca Scacchetti and Fabio Lenci, make a beeline for Teuco’s Islington showroom. (52 Upper Street, London N1)

 

Tisettanta
Tisettanta’s swish Mayfair store is a must-visit for modern storage and kitchens by Italian brand Elam. The range includes chic pieces in stainless steel with stone and wood accents. (11 Grosvenor Street, London W1)

 

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