We are delighted to announce that McCarron has been shortlisted for an SBID Design Award for the transformation of Aynhoe Park’s kitchen, one of the most prestigious awards in global design.
The restoration of 17th-century Grade 1 listed Aynhoe Park, Northamptonshire was a monumental task for its owner with high expectations due to being originally remodelled by neo-classical architect Sir John Soane in 1798. The homeowners main aim was to turn the 41 bedroom house back into a family home as well as a prestigious event venue.
The initial kitchen brief was to design furniture with a sense of modernity whilst respecting the rich heritage of the house.
Our Senior Designer Naomi Watts solution was to design freestanding furniture rather than a fully fitted approach to add spontaneity and theatre, whether hosting a dinner party, prestigious events or just as a family kitchen.
She researched and discovered an original drawing of the kitchen featuring stunning dressers that were then reworked for the modern day.
Tall cabinets measuring 13ft with open shelving form the focal point on the rear wall of the grand room complete with a pediment inspired by Soane’s architectural detailing on the house exterior and painted with the Aynhoe crest.
Rather than setting out to create a typical kitchen, Naomi designed a baker’s table typical of those in a Victorian country-house kitchen.
SBID Design Awards voting ends 30th September.