Seeing such a beautiful home designed by architect Charlie Luxton was an exciting moment. We couldn’t wait to get our teeth sunk into this plywood contemporary eco kitchen.

Our client is a real foodie – in fact, she even runs Vietnamese cookery classes from her home. With this in mind, she needed a design that catered both for family life and an educational set-up. This really drove the design process for the kitchen.

From the very beginning, Tara knew the worktop had to be stainless steel. That was one of her pre-requisites for this eco kitchen design, so we incorporated it and very quickly decided to complement it with an exposed birch plywood finish.

Cabinets – Birch Plywood with a white lye stain and clear matte varnish

Worktop – Brushed stainless steel

Architect – Charlie Luxton

Flooring and shelving – Dinesen

Oven – Smeg single oven
Hob – Ikea Mojlig + Neff T51T53X2
Fridge Freezer – Existing
Dishwasher – Free-standing
Hood– Elica HT 80
Sink – Kohler Vault Stainless Steel Offset Double Bowl Kitchen Sink – 3823-1
Tap – Supplied by client
Splashback– Stainless steel

Lindsay Lillie
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I’m so glad that I chose Sustainable Kitchens for my new kitchen. They are a great team of people to work with with a great ethos of sustainability underpinning the whole company. The design process with Sam was a pleasure and I am so delighted with the end result. My new kitchen is exactly what I wanted it to be — stylish, functional, unique and a wonderful place to be. I recommend Sustainable Kitchens wholeheartedly.
Ian Chapman
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A great experience! Really open and friendly team that made the process exciting not daunting. Sam understood what we wanted and got the design perfect. Gianluca fitted it perfectly and Zoe was awesome to work with. I particularly enjoyed the tour of the workshop getting to see all the tools, care and attention that goes into creating beautiful kitchens. Would recommend to anyone!
Nicola Pocock
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Our kitchen from Sustainable Kitchens has been a complete triumph and has exceeded our expectations for the lift it has given to the whole house! Every member of the team was friendly, professional, reassuring and happy to answer any number of questions. It really couldn’t have been a smoother and easier journey and we absolutely love the end result!
David Cole
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We love our kitchen and really appreciate the effort Sustainable Kitchens put in to the design and execution. They are also very quick to respond to any questions and queries – even after the project has finished and account closed – great aftercare service! Top marks.
Julie Hitchcock
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We are delighted with the quality of our Sustainable Kitchen. Sam and the team guided us through the design process, really listening to what we hoped to achieve. They were very flexible in the face of our shifting building schedule and the fitting and painting team did a superb job. We should never need a new kitchen, but if we did, we wouldn’t hesitate to call on Sustainable Kitchens.
Laura Brocklesbery
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Highly recommend Sustainable Kitchens. We are so happy with our new kitchen. It is made to a beautiful quality, all custom made and fitting perfectly. From the design process through to the final product Sustainable Kitchen were professional, responsive, and really helpful in making our kitchen a reality.
Emma Bent
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Would recommend Sustainable Kitchens without reservation. Sam's design knowledge and skills set us up for the workshop and fitting team to provide us with a kitchen that has fulfilled all of our 'want' as well as 'need' list. Thank you!
Chris Booth
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I cannot praise Sustainable Kitchens highly enough for the fantastic quality of the kitchen they made and installed for us.
Hannah Family
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I can highly recommend Sustainable Kitchens they are such a lovely team to work with and their kitchens are beautiful. An added bonus is being able to see their workshop and the cabinets being made so you can see the quality of their work.
Abigail Whitten
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Sustainable Kitchens supplied exquisite, fully custom built kitchen cabinetry. We hoped for a 'forever' kitchen and weren't disappointed. Every part is beautifully constructed and finished. Absolutely no shortcuts taken. Really delighted.
Rebecca Simms
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The service from Sustainable Kitchens was first class from the initial design stage right through to the installation of my bespoke handmade kitchen. A year on I am still loving it!
Catherine Launder
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Couldn’t be more pleased with Sustainable Kitchens. They respected our very specific requirements, contributed some helpful suggestions, came exactly when promised and did precisely what was agreed. They completed even earlier than the time scheduled, were clean and efficient and did a perfect job – we’ve never had such a good installation experience and we’ve had plenty!
Joyce Fulton
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Our new kitchen is beautiful. The quality of workmanship is outstanding and it is everything we asked Sustainable Kitchens to do. Their understanding of how we wanted the kitchen to look was pitch perfect and their guidance throughout the process was constant and really supportive. One hundred percent recommend this vibrant young company.
Simon Muriel
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Kitchen supplies. Impeccable craftsmanship. Great ethos. Very pleased.

We love a challenge here at Sustainable Kitchens and are constantly looking out for interesting projects and eco kitchen designs to get our teeth stuck into. When the opportunity arose to design and build a plywood, contemporary eco kitchen in a beautiful and unique eco house designed by Architect Charlie Luxton we could barely contain our excitement.

Tara’s love for cooking, her need for a kitchen in which she could run Vietnamese cookery classes and a passion for clean modern design really drove the design process for this kitchen.  

From the very beginning, Tara knew that the worktop absolutely had to be stainless steel and very quickly decided to finish the cabinetry in exposed Birch Plywood.

We are overjoyed with the floating shelf which we fabricated from the leftover Dinesen floorboards laid throughout the house, it glides seamlessly around the room, houses discreet LED lighting and houses the extractor.

The piece de resistance for us is that centre island; clad on 3 sides with stainless steel and running on immense industrial castors, it wheels effortlessly around the room.

Tara also kept a detailed blog about the whole project, if you’re interested in hearing about the whole process then please visit her website Future.Simple.Passive. 

Project Information


Perimeter units – White stain and clear matte varnish
Centre Island – White stain and clear matte varnish


Perimeter – Brushed stainless steel
Centre Island
– Brushed stainless steel


Oven – Smeg single oven
Hob – Ikea Mojlig + Neff T51T53X2
Fridge Freezer – Existing
Dishwasher – Free-standing
Hood– Elica HT 80
Sink – Kohler Vault Stainless Steel Offset Double Bowl Kitchen Sink – 3823-1
Tap– Supplied by client
Splashback– Stainless steel
If you require any more information about this project then please contact us. 

Experts in eco kitchens

Interested in an eco kitchen design? Do you want to have your own bespoke eco kitchen in Bristol, Bath, the Cotswolds or any other area in the South West? Drop our friendly team a line at, visit us in our Bristol showroom or give us a call on 0117 325 4392 to hear more.

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