This week we're visiting a cottage in London, as part of our Homes Around the World series. London based SGS design studio have renovated this cottage in Wimbledon to include a kitchen which reflects the nature surrounding it and a pantry which redefines traditional food storage spaces.  We spoke to SGS Design to find out more about the project. 

 What was the first room you designed for this project?

The kitchen and breakfast room were our initial focus, as these were areas impacted by architectural changes. This included adding a small extension to the side/rear of the original cottage and adding steel, black, Crittall windows. 

Did you use any materials that you were excited to work with?

After managing to convince the client, the steel, Crittall windows were a big decision for the design direction of the project, as they helped to set the industrial tone. We also went on to use a concrete worktop and encaustic floor tiles. We’re always excited about combining materials, particularly ones which traditionally shouldn’t work together.

Tell us about the pantry.

The client was enthusiastic to add a pantry as they felt it would improve the function of the kitchen. The Crittall screen adds a visual link between the kitchen and pantry, while allowing natural light to flow through. The exposed timber shelving with tongue and groove back panels, create a utilitarian feel, whilst allowing for practical storage on the adjustable surfaces.

Why did you choose the colour scheme that you did?

We wanted to define the kitchen and pantry, creating distinct areas but with linking elements.  Despite being a London home, the property is surrounded by mature planting and trees. This inspired us to contrast the industrial Crittall with a green kitchen concept and Buster + Punch brass hardware.

How did the location help to inspire the design of this project?

This white cottage stands alone, slightly incongruous in the centre of Wimbledon, which encouraged us to play with the interior finishes and styles. As a result, we contrasted more traditional cottage references like the shaker cabinets and painted wall panelling with the brass handles.

Are there any design trends emerging in London, which you think will become even more popular in 2018?

Colour and pattern.  At the moment we are really drawn to the warm rusts and ochre tones, mixed with velvet which we have been seeing in London showrooms recently. Quilted and padded fabrics are a fantastic way to add texture, particularly in bright shades like Gen Z yellow for the brave. 

Why did you decide to use Buster + Punch in this project?

We were looking for some industrial glamour!  Buster & Punch offered the perfect combination.