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Setting the bar high!
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Setting the bar high!

Following on from our recent blog highlighting kitchen islands, we take a look at how to finish the look by introducing the perfect companion, stools!

Considering the amount of time we spend in our kitchen, it is only right that we have a comfortable perch to sit on. This is sometimes easier said than done! Finding the right stools that elevate the style of your kitchen whilst meeting your desired practical requirements can be a challenging task.

In order to get the perfect match, it is also important to remember that even though bar and counter stools may look synonymous at first glance, their defining difference is the height. Bar height designs are slightly higher, typically featuring seat heights of 30" to 32"and counter height chairs are generally 24" to 26" high.

If you’re looking to transform the seating arrangement in your kitchen, take a look at some of our favourite stool designs below.

Designed in 2006 by Jesus Gasca, the innovative shell-like design of Onda stools mimics the curves of the human body. They are inspired by the natural shape of a wave and the soft rubber seat provides support. They are also available in swivel form with a sleek stainless steel frame for stability. This style of stool has gained popularity thanks to its bold yet minimal design, making it a sophisticated addition to your contemporary kitchen.

LEM Piston Stool
The minimalistic LEM Piston Stool was designed at the start of the century by Shin and Tomoko Azumi, and to this day, remains one of the most popular designs. Thanks to its adjustment capabilities in the piston base, the LEM stool can transform from counter to bar height with ease, as well as tuck into spaces in a variety of rooms. You can choose between different seat materials, including leather, stainless steel and wood, which will all blend into a room’s mix of strong straight lines and smooth curves.

LEM Piston Stool

Thanks to its futuristic look, the Bombo bar stool perfectly partners kitchen islands by adding a unique touch. Stefano Giovannoni’s retro design showcases polished Italian style and features a comfortable moulded seat and height adjustable gas mechanism. The stool comes in a choice of finishes and vibrant colours, so for those who are looking to make a statement, this could be the style for you.

Masters Stool
Designed by Philippe Stark and Eugeni Quitllet, the form of this iconic Italian design stems from the Kartell Masters Chair, coveted for its hybrid-inspired silhouette of three classic chairs. Suitable for both indoor and outdoor use, this stool comes in a choice of colour options and is perfect for the modern-minded household.

Kartell Charles Ghost Stool
The Kartell Charles Ghost bar stool by Philippe Starck is modern and stylish and will compliment any interior. Constructed from a single block of transparent polycarbonate, this contemporary stool is indestructible and reminiscent of the nineteenth century, featuring slightly rounded and upturned legs for stability. You can choose from a variety of intriguing transparent and opaque colours that will blend perfectly into an indoor or outdoor space.

Ghost Stool

The visual appeal of the Fjord stool is elegant and fascinating. Designed with specific attention to detail by Patricia Urquiola in 2002, it boasts a supporting and comfortable form that envelops its user. Its lightweight stainless steel frame provides a sturdy structure and is topped with a comfy leather seat that is clad in bold colours, making it a popular statement addition to the modern home.

Low back, adjustable
For those who are looking for something simple, these adjustable stools with a low back are available at most furniture retailers. The subtle support provided by the lower back allows for an effortless fit under counters and breakfast bars to keep your kitchen clutter-free. The padded seat is upholstered in faux leather and contrasts with its polished chrome base, ideally suiting any contemporary space.

Low Back

If you’d like more information on how you can add the perfect touch to your kitchen, contact us on 01962 600182.

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Create an interactive space with a kitchen island
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Create an interactive space with a kitchen island

It’s easy to see why homeowners are embracing the trend for kitchen islands. Great for social gatherings, plenty of valuable workspace, extra storage, integrated appliances and decorative features...what’s not to love?

Aside from being aesthetically pleasing, a kitchen island can dramatically change the way you use the space around you, providing the perfect balance, practically and socially.

If a kitchen island is at the top of your wish list, here’s some tips and inspiration to help make your kitchen a sociable space.

Choosing the right design:

With so many different styles and designs to choose from, it can be difficult to decide which one is right for you and your kitchen. A cantilevered island can help create the illusion of space and is becoming increasingly popular due to its minimalist style. As well as acting as a dedicated work zone, the island can also integrate smoothly with the dining table, making it easier for the chef to continue socialising with guests whilst cooking. This seamless style succeeds in injecting the wow factor as the extension of the island gives the impression that it is floating.


Alternatively, you could move away from angular edges and introduce some curves into your kitchen. This unique style creates a soft, but clearly defined centrepiece, allowing you to move freely when working and entertaining.


If you have a large family or often find yourself hosting a number of social gatherings, a larger island will help accommodate all the guests keen to get a glimpse of your new kitchen. 


If space is limited, a simple hardwearing butcher’s block can not only provide you with the extra work surface you desire, but also introduce a different texture and material into your kitchen.

How to make it work for you and your needs:

As well as acting as a convenient feature for entertaining, your island can also meet all the practical needs of this multi-functional environment. With built-in appliances, extra storage, fitted sinks, induction hobs, integrated dining tables and even a wine fridge, your imagination really can run wild.


Use clever lighting to illuminate your island:

It is always important to keep the size and purpose of your island in mind to ensure you enhance the style with the right lighting. If your island will see plenty of social gatherings, you could opt for a fun statement chandelier or a strategically placed stylish row of hanging lights to help showcase your new focal point.


To help with the finishing touches, take a look at our latest blog highlighting some of our favourite bar stools here.

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Transforming your home - our client’s journey so far
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Transforming your home - our client’s journey so far

When you're embarking on a huge house renovation project, what better way to keep family and friends updated on the progress than by documenting the journey on a weekly blog!

Our clients have done just that, and have shared their soon to be installed kitchen in their latest post.

It’s great to see this exciting project coming along nicely.

We can’t wait to see the finished look!

To see their progress so far, click here.


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Step back in time with The Myers Touch at Goodwood Revival
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Step back in time with The Myers Touch at Goodwood Revival

We are looking forward to stepping back in time and exhibiting at the Goodwood Revival show between the 11th – 13th September. 

This unique, action-packed weekend is a chance for visitors to dress in glamorous period costume and relive the pioneering days of motor racing, whilst browsing the fantastic exhibition.  

Come and join us on our stand in the Exclusively Lifestyle Pavilion, where will be showcasing SieMatic’s beautiful BeauxArt.02 range with state-of-the-art Gaggenau appliances that will help transport you back to pre 1973. The team will also be adhering to the revival theme, so make sure you swing by to view our retro attire!

For more information and to book your ticket, click here.

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Attracting, Retaining & Motivating Talent RIBA Event 22nd September
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Attracting, Retaining & Motivating Talent RIBA Event 22nd September

As you may be aware, we are currently sponsoring a series of workshops run by the Hampshire RIBA. 

The next event is ‘Attracting, Retaining & Motivating Talent’, which will be held on Tuesday 22nd September at the Winchester Discovery Centre.

If you’re a director or manager of an architect’s practice, come along and listen to the guest speaker, Martin Palethorpe, discuss how to create a great workplace that attracts and retains the right talent and clients.

For more information and to book your place, click here

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