Kitchen “court cupboard” bench
The upper left cabinet conceals a direct-vent heating boiler, and several other criteria made this layout come together. Desired features included a spot for visitors to sit and chat with the “chef”, copious storage accessible to a short person, wall-space for artwork, display cabinets, and a place for the refrigerator.
A book by the English kitchen designer Johnny Grey gave the idea he calls a “court cupboard” after the french word for “short”. The table with the basket storage can be a work counter for children, a seat for conversation, or a step up to reach items in high cabinets.
The euro frameless cabinets are largely stock sizes, and the doors are simply slabs of MDF decorated with a router or cut for glass and then painted. Side panels are plywood with sapele veneer, edged with utile hardwood. The low table is from utile with a salvage oak top. It is removable for access to service valves behind. The remainder of the cabinetry is wall mounted.