Accessible Kitchen Design makes cooking a joy

Former BBC correspondent, Geoff Adams-Spink, a thalidomide survivor, invited ‘Chief of Stuff’ Kay Allen for fabulous Spagetti Bolognese.

Geoff’s Kitchen is – well STUNNING!

Geoff, who lives in London, has devised an accessible kitchen design that makes cooking a joy. His kitchen has unique features adapted to his needs while still being cutting-edge design.

Geoff said, “I wanted a kitchen that I could work in but in which others, including my personal assistants, would also be at home. I’m well aware that adaptations for disabled people very often devalue a property when it’s sold because the purchaser has to factor in the cost of removing whatever has been altered. This kitchen will be quite the reverse – a positive selling feature and not a liability.”

In order to accommodate the new kitchen, the ground floor was extended and internal walls were removed to create a 45 square metre space. Thats BIG

The kitchen is fitted with a range of designer appliances by Neff, Miele, Elica and Liebherr.

What was important?

“The important thing for me was to have good lighting, excellent colour contrast and items placed at the right height in order to minimise bending,” he said.

The colour scheme is a combination of dark blue, complemented by blue LED overhead, plinth and cabinet lighting.

Who designed the kitchen?

The task of designing the kitchen was given to Adam Thomas of Design Matters who is also disabled.

Adam and Geoff had met at an exhibition and Geoff was so impressed by what he saw that he immediately decided to use Design Matters to fulfil his dream of a kitchen in which he could easily work and in which he could indulge his passion for good food.

Adam said, “On meeting Geoff at our showroom, he showed me a set of very ambitious plans that were going to transform a standard, suburban ‘metroland’ house into a luxurious open-plan living space with masses of light; this would be controlled by a sophisticated remote control system incorporating electric blinds. I had to consider not only the accessibility aspect of the design but also the style of the kitchen – something that Geoff and I discussed on many occasions. The detail in the design was apparent from the start: this meant of course, using our bespoke range of kitchen furniture – Access Matters.Two factors in the design were the worktop and handle heights, crucial to minimise bending for Geoff – everything had to be designed at the right height. Equally, the lighting was just as important.”

Geoff is also a brilliant cook – the Spag Bol was delicious!

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