The 1950’s and 1960’s saw many unique and remarkable houses altered from being single dwellings into smaller multi-occupancy units. One such building, a beautiful manor house was purchased by our client near to Stow-on-the-Wold in the heart of the Cotswolds. His dream was to restore the whole building to its former glory, reconverting it into one dwelling but incorporating modern luxuries to make it a dream home for the 21st century.
Selected to bring the kitchen to life
Langstaff-Ellis were chosen to bring the kitchen to life, combining our knowledge of historic and modern design styles with high-quality cabinetry and craftsmanship to add a liveable yet stunning completeness to the project.
“The house itself is stunning and the restoration very sympathetic” explained Langstaff-Ellis MD Edward Birks
“We discussed with the client how to design a functional but elegant kitchen to work within the traditional vernacular of the house and therefore created a modern shaker design that allows the beauty of the cabinetry to complement the building’s own historic features.”
Beauty in the detail
The beauty of this kitchen is not just in the major pieces of furniture, the impressive island with slatted vegetable drawers or the generous larder, but in the hand-finished details exhibited by every cupboard and shelf.
For example the solid oak shelving and wrap around oak interior of the cupboards are finished to draw the eye to the natural texture and grain of the wood and with tactile curves that are made to be appreciated down the generations.
The oak continues with solid oak worktops, drawer fronts and spice rack and again the detailing catches the eye with unfinished brass hinges on all the doors, designed to age and naturally weather down the years.
Impressive kitchen island
Yet it is the island that dominates the room, floating above the stone floor and covered in one huge Quartz CRL Verona worktop. With a plethora of storage space, including the attractive handleless vegetable drawers, a large breakfast area and the downdraft Bora Hobb, the island is at the very heart of this relaxed kitchen.
Complementary high-end appliances
Simple high-end appliances were specified throughout the kitchen, and hence in addition to the Bora Hob, the basin boasts instant boiling water with a Quooker tap while the oven and refrigeration are Miele products throughout.
Simple, minimal, beautiful
The pleasure to be found in this seemingly simple design is in the quality of the cabinetry and the forethought that has gone into the small details.
As Ed says “The beauty is entirely in its simple minimal look.”
There aren’t many new technologies that get a kitchen designer excited but there is one innovation of recent years that gets us jumping for joy. In its simplicity, design, science and engineering there is nothing that comes close to the excitement generated by the Bora Hob.
How can a simple hob generate such delight? It’s simple really, because the Bora Hob is a game changer that opens up a myriad of design options, something that really does engage kitchen designers.
It’s a game changer for the cook and homeowner too; any one wanting a kitchen at the cutting edge with the coolest and cleverest looking appliance in town should have a Bora Hob.
Bora sucks: clean, quiet downwards extraction
The major factor that makes a Bora so cool is the way it transforms extraction. We’re all used to noisy, intrusive overhead extractor hoods that suck cooking vapours upwards into sticky filters. Bora does something different, by creating a vortex around the hob area it sucks vapours downwards into a high-tech system using intelligent flow technology that either expels vapours or recirculates them as cleaned air, keeping air in the kitchen fresh.
If that all sounds ‘geeky’ it isn’t, because there are so many advantages:
Fresh Air: because grease and vapour particles are drawn off directly from the cookware they are prevented from rising and spreading throughout the kitchen. Grease particles are trapped in the stainless steel filter leaving the air in the kitchen fresh and uncontaminated.
Quiet Operation: I’m sure we’ve all experienced a situation when the overhead extractor is on full blast and you have to shout to make yourself heard. There are no such problems with a Bora, in fact even when operating at the maximum level it is quieter than frying a steak.
Clear view: Having your glasses steam up as you check the contents of a pot always makes us feel foolish, but there’s no such problem with a Bora hob, as the vapours are sucked down and away from the pot, you’ll always have a clear view.
Simple cleaning: On the rare occasions that you clean your conventional extractor hood it’s an unpleasant, sticky task. There are three movable parts in a Bora that can be dismantled without the need for tools and cleaned in the dishwasher.
Highly effective: Because of the quality of engineering the Bora is both highly effective and boasts a long service life. Pure stainless steel and heavy-metal-free glass-ceramic both look great and ensure trouble free functionality.
Enhanced storage: Unlike conventional extraction systems the Bora takes up minimal space. At under 200mm the low integration height and integrated recirculation unit guarantee maximum storage space in the cupboard below.
Superb design: for fans of design excellence and precise German engineering the Bora Hob is a joy, they are brilliant examples of minimalist design combining form with outstanding functionality to enhance any kitchen.
Opening up options in kitchen design
What thrills us more than anything is that we can design a Bora almost anywhere into a kitchen. Our design decisions aren’t based around where the ducting and overhead extractor fan can fit but around where the most convenient, user-friendly location is. For example, it means we can design hobs into kitchen islands, under eaves or even next to a window, wherever the best location is for that particular kitchen.
In fact, we were recently involved with a development in Henley-on-Thames that combined new builds with the redevelopment of the Victorian era workhouse. Every one of the resulting mix of 34 houses and apartments was a unique space for which we designed bespoke kitchens.
Making the decision to install a Bora Hob in each apartment significantly increased our design options, as we weren’t restricted by the limited choices of overhead extraction locations. Now each apartment boasts a superb Bora hob while feedback from residents new to Bora has been uniformly excellent.
The Bora Range: Pure, Classic, Professional
There are three ranges that we work with the Bora Pure, the Bora Classic and the Bora Professional. Which one we recommend is down to the needs of the client and the kitchen. With options available in Gas, Electric and zoneless Induction.
Each range shares fundamental characteristics such as intuitive controls, low volume, simple cleaning, oversized cooking surfaces, automatic extractor controls and minimalist design.
The Bora Classic has modular options for different cooking functions such as a Tepan stainless steel grill, while the Professional offers a variety of enhanced temperature functions and is suited to the largest kitchens and most creative cooks.
Bora hobs allow us to design better kitchens
Bora definitely makes amazing hobs coupled with ground breaking extraction technology. Their design and functionality make them an excellent choice in any kitchen, but that isn’t the main reason why kitchen designers love them. We love them because they open up unrestricted possibilities in kitchen design, allowing us to offer every client leading edge kitchen design – and that gets designers excited.
Demo a Bora Hob
If you’d like to see a Bora Hob in action we can arrange a demonstration at our showroom – once Covid restrictions allow.
There is one last thing that makes Bora really cool and this may be a little geeky if you’re not a cycling fan, but Bora sponsor one of the best teams in professional cycling – Bora Hansgrohe is the home of multiple Tour de France stage winner, and the coolest man in world cycling Peter Sagan!