My preference is for clean lean lines, hand made, hand painted with hardwood or natural stone countertops. Refined elegant joinery is a must, planked or panelled depending on the room’s position in the natural hierarchy of the house. Antique and vintage tables, dressers, chairs and free standing storage cupboards compliment and soften new units. A kitchen should be crafted and in keeping with the proportions and movement of the room. Most important are the client’s specifications; how they cook and expect the space to perform is crucial. There is no space in a house more personal, more used, and more criticised than the kitchen.