Project Name: Contemporary Riverside Home

Location: Hampshire

Date Completed: September 2016

Interior Designer: Andrew Rizza

The design brief was to create an open plan space that maximised the views across the river on one side of the property and the lake on the other. Dream Design’s clients decided they wanted a new kitchen after having their colours read. Autumnal colours were the perfect fit for them both and so the grey kitchen that was installed by the previous home owners had to be replaced.

The clients asked Dream Design to consider the impact of enlarging the opening between the kitchen and dining room and also wanted to relocate the utility to the bedroom floor. They were open to all idea about how to open up and use this newly created space. The property is set in beautiful grounds and is flanked by a river on one side and a lake on the other. It was clear to Dream Designs that as well as opening up the wall between the kitchen and dining room, the wall between the kitchen and study would also need to come down so the complete panorama could be enjoyed from a central island.

The form of this unique property reminded Dream Design of a nautilus shell and this was the inspiration for the island concept, which the designer based on the geometry of the golden spiral. It was also the perfect project to use pen shell a material the designer had discovered when he visited the Maison & Objet exhibition in Paris earlier in the year – autumn coloured shells from large Mediterranean clams, were individually cut and fitted by artisans in Indonesia to the bespoke island panel. Dream Designs completed the ensemble with SieMatic S2 furniture in nutmeg and 13mm thick Caeserstone mink worktops. The designer was also able to incorporate a large walk in pantry in place of the utility room.