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How a kitchen in a new-build barn can be be transformed into a multifunctional, stylish space with open shelving and sculptural lighting.

The project: This is the kitchen of a new-build barn in the grounds of a family home in north Hampshire. It’s positioned beneath an ancient oak and close to a river.

The designer: Susie Atkinson was one of the creative forces behind some of the most talked about interiors in the Soho House group, including Babington House and Soho House, Berlin. Her ability to combine the best of both classic and contemporary has since gained her a number of high-profile commercial and residential commissions.


Oscar Norton says: ‘The aim was to create a multifunctional space that could either accommodate 20 people for dinner or be somewhere for the owners’ children to entertain friends. Constructed in green oak with roof tiles salvaged from a farm building in Newbury, the barn includes a fully functioning kitchen, sitting area, dining area and gym, where the family watch films and play table football, as well as cook meals on the indoor barbecue. The focal point is a large fireplace constructed with reclaimed bricks, which is open on two sides, serving both the dining and sitting areas. The kitchen comprises oak cupboards and a honed, hammered-granite work surface. The floors are made from wide, reclaimed oak planks that add a textured, lived-in feel to the space.’

How to get the look: 

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Pooky Lighting sells more than 50 styles of pendant lamps perfectly suited to kitchens. Visit its showroom at 25, Chelsea Wharf, 15, Lots Road, London SW10 (020–7351 3003; Porta Romana, 6–8, Chelsea Harbour Drive, London SW10 (020–7352 0440; sells a range of table lamps in sculptural shapes

Open shelving is a great addition to a kitchen and Jim Lawrence (01473 826685; sells wall brackets that are perfectly suited to the purpose

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