A slice of Italy in Wales

Stone Italiana's Marmorea engineered quartz in a modern kitchen

'Golden' from Stone Italiana's Marmorea engineered quartz was chosen as the main material in this modern kitchen

With a stunning coastal location, the owners of this property in the Mumbles wanted a contemporary kitchen design with a touch of glamour

The kitchen is often considered to be the heart of the home and this was certainly the case with this detached property in the affluent suburb of Mumbles in Swansea. Raum Architects, also based in Mumbles were tasked renovating the entire property to create a family home with plenty of sociable spaces and the Cardiff office of Elementi Cucina were tasked with the kitchen.

Every element of this kitchen is bespoke – from the sink to the brass cupboard doors with an aged patina effect

Every element of this kitchen is bespoke – from the sink to the brass cupboard doors with an aged patina effect

Known for working with high-end suppliers, creative director Katie Lusty of Elementi Cucina chose to work with Italian Luxury Surfaces in Berkshire who are the official distributor of Stone Italiana.

“We actively push the Stone Italiana product to our clients because of its food safety credentials and its ethical values. The feel of the product is far superior to others on the market and you can tell the stone content is higher,” said Katie.

The client wanted a light, airy and reflective aesthetic and it was decided that the worktops, splashbacks and kitchen waterfall island would be created in ‘Golden’ from Stone Italiana’s Marmorea engineered quartz collection. Available in slabs, it has solid veining like marble but offers a more sustainable alternative and Italian Luxury Surfaces’ sister company, Classico Marble then fabricated these bespoke elements in its workshop prior to installing them.

This look was then enhanced with metallic accents – a gold-effect Quooker tap and bespoke brass doors from Quirky Interiors in St Albans offset with black metal handles. Facing this, on the waterfall island, warm wood doors are coupled with modern brass handles to create a sleek yet cosy feel to the house. A further sink can be found in the hidden pantry and features a bold red tap – a playful touch (see below).

The hidden pantry