In March, the Yorkshire spa town of Harrogate was the venue for a demonstration of fine cuisine and the launch of the latest concepts from inspirational kitchen maker, Mark Wilkinson Furniture.

In its completely refurbished showroom on Crescent Road, the design-leading company explored fresh ideas that show the kitchen as a space for sophisticated entertainment, taking it a step forward in integrating our homes to contemporary lifestyles.

Cllr Nigel Simms, the Mayor of Harrogate presided over the reopening and was introduced by Mark Wilkinson OBE, who was honoured by the Queen in 2010 for his services to the Furniture Industry.

Local homeowners, Interior Designers and journalists, enjoyed a demonstration of cookery by Frances Atkins, who is co-owner of the Yorke Arms in Nidderdale and is one of only six female Michelin Star chefs in the country.

The ideas on show were an evolution of the company’s design culture, and emphasised the contemporary interaction between the kitchen and entertaining/relaxation spaces where family and friends can enjoy great food and good company.

The latest Portobello style, which takes its inspiration from the district of London that has become known for its colourful terraced homes and urban vibrancy, reflects the modern lifestyle. Examples include a sweeping marble top set within the expansive kitchen, providing both a bar for hosting and a worktop for preparing food and cooking. Elegant new solutions for storing and displaying collections of fine wines integrate seamlessly within the overall space, while interior detail could be seen in an exquisitely created ‘breakfast cupboard’ that opens up like cabinet of curiosities to reveal all of the elements for the family’s morning meal and folds away when breakfast is served.

This Harrogate showroom, situated close to the Royal Pump Room, is a magnificent space with high ceilings and elegant architectural detail and now offers new inspiration for modern living, with a highly experienced design team on hand to discuss ways for clients to commission spaces that meet their individual needs.

Mark Wilkinson OBE, says: “The Harrogate showroom takes us forward in a manner that integrates kitchen furniture with contemporary lifestyle. We are showing a spectrum of kitchen styles; internal and external colours, textures and finishes, embodied in a display that takes kitchen design to the next level.

“Mark Wilkinson has always been considered a design leader and this new development for the company is likely to set new standards for design in the focal rooms in our homes, such as kitchens, studies, wine rooms and bedrooms.

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