Next, we talked work surfaces.
"The Carter had become an integral part to the industrial Henley and so it made sense to emphasise the Crittall-style black lines for design continuity. That's why we opted for black granite for the worktop. It's much denser than many natural stones, marble for example, so it's massively functional. And again, because we had real foodies in mind when designing this kitchen, granite was perfect because it stays cool, which is ideal when rolling out pastry and dough. The finish is honed which requires less maintenance than polished. It's as close to matte as you can get with a natural stone, but not completely flat in tone. Honed feels a little more artisanal too."
The concrete back wall has attracted a lot of attention. How would we go about recreating that?
"Concrete adds even more industrial edge to a scheme. We're actually using it in our new Wimbledon store [planned to open in early 2017]. If you're fortunate to have existing concrete in your home, be it under the floor or behind plasterboard walls, make the most of it by having it polished. Otherwise, we suggest going for a specialist concrete render which is much more practical in the everyday home. It's a bit like plastering and ends up being about 3-4mm thick so it doesn't add too much weight to the wall. We use a three-layer render. It's best to get experts in to do this for you so you get a high-end finish."
While we were on the subject of the black work surface, we bought up the statement black sink.
"A sink made from the same, or similar, material as the work surface looks really smart. Plus, black offsets copper really well. We used a traditional Belfast so there's still a touch of rural country and modernised it by spraying it matte black. At home we'd recommend you buy one in a black finish rather than taking the DIY approach."
And the copper pipes?
"Copper pipes are pretty easy to sort out. They lend a room a sort of 'no nonsense' demeanour. It's all about the raw and the rustic. You can expose existing pipes or use new ones, whatever your builder advises. Take a look at Pinterest to get even more ideas."