BANG ON TREND and packs a punch! This super stylish modern shaker kitchen works perfectly in our clients newly renovated Grade II listed cottage in Lodsworth, West Sussex. The owners have put a great deal of love and care into renovating their home and in doing so they have created a beautiful fusion between modern and traditional.

Our clients had a really clear vision of what they wanted to achieve.
• No wall cupboards
• A large island positioned with seating to look out over the garden
• Area dedicated for hosting parties
• Ample storage
• Wow factor with bold colour
Originally the clients wanted the island orientated lengthways opposite the range. However to allow for movement around the island, the size had to be reduced. In spinning this around we have gained both space and views overlooking the garden. We have also maximised seating around the island by designing a canter levered worktop.

Increasing storage whilst having no wall units was a challenge. We added as many cupboards as possible but to retain interest and function they are varying in style. The bi-fold storage unit houses serving dishes and large platters, while the double cupboards either side of the wine fridge are for dinnerware. In the main cooking area we have utilised the corners with pull out larders for food and the two standard cupboards are available for pans and trays.

The units are painted in Farrow & Ball no.31 Railings which provide a stark contrast to the white walls and brass hardware. With oak plank flooring and a neutral quartz worktop the cabinets really will be the star of the show!


We recently visited our client in Upminster, Essex where we designed and supplied the kitchen and utility room. Working closely with them we designed a large island with a breakfast bar. This is a great way of opening up the room while providing a large worktop area and huge amounts of storage beneath.
​​​​The layout of your kitchen furniture is the most important factor to consider when designing a functional space. The layout will factor light, space and use. By dealing with all three requirements you will reduce the walking distance when cooking, allowing the space to work in harmony with natural light and creating an appealing design.
Low level units in the island allow natural light from the bi-fold doors to flood the room. The hob, sink and fridge layout keep the main cooking area within close proximity. The more occasional storage items are within the shallow cupboards tucked away under the breakfast bar.
We have since had a referral from this project for a client requiring a bespoke kitchen in North London and are excited to work on the new scheme.
At Shibui Joinery we provide bespoke luxury kitchens and joinery all designed and handmade in the UK. All of our designs are made to measure, ensuring that you make the most of your space. This means that we don’t mass produce the same size and style, allowing the freedom to create unique designs for each client.
We popped into the workshop to see progress on our current kitchen design for a Grade II listed cottage in Lodsworth, West Sussex. The client wanted a balance between a classic and modern design for their country kitchen. The units are in our modern shaker design and painted Farrow and Ball Railings to add impact and create a statement.
Once the design has been thoroughly checked and signed off our team begin manufacture in the workshop. When each component of the units are cut and shaped they go off to the spray room where they get three coats, each time being left to air dry to allow the paint to cure. We have complete flexibility allowing you to choose any colour you like with common choices from Farrow & Ball, Little Green, Fired Earth to Paint and Paper Library.
Here is one of our beautifully crafted oak larder storage units, ready to be fitted to the inside of a full height pantry door. Our client used to be a chef so the importance of having an organised kitchen was an essential. There will be no more searching at the back of your cupboards for hidden bottles!
We can’t wait to see this country kitchen in all its glory! Delivery is in just two weeks.
We have been hunting for the perfect hardware for our most recent kitchen project in West Sussex. Cabinet hardware may seem like a small component and can often get overlooked but this choice has a huge impact on your finished design. There are so many choices out there from traditional to modern and in an array of finishes. Here are a few of our favourite suppliers.

All of our bespoke kitchens are tailored to your personal requirements and the cabinetry that we design with you will set the style of your kitchen, however don’t underestimate the impact that the worktop has on the overall scheme. It is important that you consider how these two elements will work in unison and don’t leave this as an afterthought. Last week the worktop was templated and installed in quartz for our new showroom. With so many worktop materials on the market
the options can feel endless. Here’s why we decided to use quartz.

Quartz worktops are roughly 90% natural stone combined with various resins, polymers & pigments. This gives the appearance of a natural stone but with very low maintenance. The market offers a wide variety of colours from black and white to vivid colours or marble in appearance. Due to its man-made quality the pigments and patterns are consistent throughout so cut edges retain the same design. Another benefit is that it never needs to be sealed, and is totally non porous, so you don’t need to worry about bacterial growth, mould or stains. This makes it perfect for family kitchens with the area in high use.
So in short, it’s easy to care for, you have a huge choice of colours and it has the wow factor. What’s not to love!