What is Bespoke Kitchen Design? Let’s Dig Deeper and Tour Lovely Examples!

“Bespoke” is one of those upper crust Britishspeak adjectives which was formerly associated exclusively with fashion yet became increasingly paired with interior design, food, and even water. (Made-to-measure water seems like a bizarre stretch…no wonder the adjective irks as many folks as it pleases these days!). What is Bespoke Kitchen Design? Let’s Dig Deeper and Tour Lovely Examples! unpacks the concept, answers common questions, clarifies how it varies from custom kitchen design, and shares glimpses of exceptional projects.

Luxurious and built to suit, these bespoke kitchen designs by Artichoke inspire with their meticulous attention to detail, architectural interest, and unique construction materials. #kitchendesign #bespoke #luxurykitchen
Nods to New England and Hampton style are apparent indeed. A batterie-de-cuisine over the island accommodates lighting as well as preserves the beauty of the ceiling. Artichoke designed this bespoke kitchen in Kensington, London with designer Michael Smith. According to Artichoke, the bespoke kitchen design was influenced by New England…certainly a luxurious bespoke kitchen for the books!

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My favorite kitchens are almost exclusively timeless and tranquil in style, and those design qualities can be expressed in a myriad of styles. My own kitchen is simple, classic, and serene and was executed by us on a tight budget since we had an entire house to renovate.

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Another non-bespoke kitchen we recently gave a facelift was the blandest cookie cutter builder-grade space before we gave it love.

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Today, we’ll dream a little. We’ll indulge in a bit of fantasy as we admire and note a host of refined qualities at work in bespoke kitchen design. (Because if you’re a design freak like moi, you may see an extraordinary kitchen and think…hey, that gives me an idea!)

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What is Bespoke Kitchen Design? Let’s Dig Deeper and Tour Lovely Examples!

Photos: Artichoke.

New England style kitchen designed by Artichoke with Michael Smith for a Kensington home. Handpainted cabinetry, steel, and antiqued zinc were the primary materials in this amazing bespoke kitchen. #englishkitchen #londonkitchen #bespoke #artichoke
Somerset-based Artichoke designed a decidedly bespoke kitchen in Kensington, London with designer Michael Smith.

What is the origin of the term ‘bespoke?’

The NY Times asked entymologist Michael Quinlon about the origin of the word “bespoke” which has been around since 1583.

Luxurious and built to suit, these bespoke kitchen designs by Artichoke inspire with their meticulous attention to detail, architectural interest, and unique construction materials. #kitchendesign #bespoke #luxurykitchen
New England style kitchen cabinetry, with chromed door catches and a Wolf range as well as an extraction canopy clad in zinc. What is Bespoke Kitchen Design: Photos of Artichoke Designed Kitchens and Also Discussion of What Bespoke Entails.

What is the definition of bespoke?

In the Oxford Dictionary the word is defined as “(of goods, especially clothing) made to order.”

New England style coastal kitchen design by Artichoke and Michael Smith. The pot rack above the island resolved a lighting issue. #bespoke #kitchendesign #artichoke #coastalkitchen #newengland
What is Bespoke Kitchen Design: Photos of Artichoke Designed Kitchens and Also Discussion of What Bespoke Entails.

(adj.) “custom or custom-made, made to order,” of goods (as distinguished from ready-made), 1755, the same sense is found earlier in bespoken (c. 1600), past-participle adjective from bespeak in its sense of “speak for, arrange beforehand,” which is attested in bespeak from 1580s.

How is bespoke related to fashion?

Luxurious and built to suit, these bespoke kitchen designs by Artichoke inspire with their meticulous attention to detail, architectural interest, and unique construction materials. #kitchendesign #bespoke #luxurykitchen
A pot rack (above) resolved a lighting issue over the island in this Artichoke designed kitchen where a timbered ceiling was spared unsightly lighting.

You have to travel back in time to 17th-century when tailors stored fabric for tailoring and suit making in their homes or shops. If you were a customer and commissioned a suit, you selected your fabric, and it became known as ‘spoken for.’

So bespoke denotes not just a custom design by the tailor but an entirely original product for the customer based on the customer’s choices and needs.

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Why is the term bespoke controversial at times?

New England style kitchen design by Artichoke with Michael Smith for a Kensington home. Three green painted larder contains storage and a refrigerator. #bespoke #kitchendesign #artichoke #coastalkitchen
The cabinet’s mouldings are indeed classical in style and inspired by a piece of Dutch antique furniture. What is Bespoke Kitchen Design: Photos of Artichoke Designed Kitchens and Also Discussion of What Bespoke Entails.

I was surprised to learn “bespoke” pushed so many buttons dependent upon where you land in internetland. Googling bespoke design fetches recurrent references to ‘snob factor’ as well as suggestions that bespoke is simply a marketing ploy to bait naive folks into overspending on their project.

Luxurious and built to suit, these bespoke kitchen designs by Artichoke inspire with their meticulous attention to detail, architectural interest, and unique construction materials. #kitchendesign #bespoke #luxurykitchen
A bespoke modern rustic kitchen in a new build country house with Flemish design influences by Artichoke is a vision of bespoke kitchen design beauty. Modern Rustic Bespoke Kitchen Design: Gloucestershire, England Lovely and luxurious indeed. Certainly an inspiring kitchen design for the books!

How expensive is bespoke kitchen design?

Bespoke designs obviously come with a higher price point because of how much more attention, labor, planning, crafting, and time they require. For example, rather than a short discussion with a kitchen designer about which cabinet will hold your spices and where said cabinet will be installed relative to the range, a bespoke kitchen design would likely explore the nature of the spices you routinely use, the species of wood for the cupboard, the dimensions required for storage, and detailed construction issues.

Modern rustic bespoke kitchen by Artichoke in Gloucestershire, England. Flemish design details, painted kitchen cabinetry, bronze hardware, and Bental White marble
I love that softness at the window! This bespoke kitchen sings with Flemish design details as well as glazed kitchen cabinetry with classic raised and fielded panel doors. A modern rustic bespoke kitchen design by Artichoke in Gloucestershire, England incorporates bronze hardware in addition to Bental White marble.

What is meant by ‘bespoke kitchen design?’

A kitchen with bespoke design is one which has been carefully planned with meticulous detailing to be completely unique for the client, customized with function, finishes, and aesthetics to suit the needs and desires of the homeowner.

Luxurious and built to suit, these bespoke kitchen designs by Artichoke inspire with their meticulous attention to detail, architectural interest, and unique construction materials. #kitchendesign #bespoke #luxurykitchen
Modern rustic bespoke kitchen by Artichoke in Gloucestershire, England…certainly lovely indeed. What is Bespoke Kitchen Design: Photos of Artichoke Designed Kitchens and Also Discussion of What Bespoke Entails.

The success of a bespoke kitchen design relies upon: communication between the client and design professional, innovation and creativity for bringing design plans to life, craftsmanship, expertise, and artistry of team members, a healthy budget, and commitment to excellence.

Detail of central wood island. Modern rustic bespoke kitchen by Artichoke in Gloucestershire, England. Flemish design details, painted kitchen cabinetry, bronze hardware, and Bental White marble
Detail of a glorious island crafted for this bespoke kitchen with Flemish design details…certainly breathtaking indeed.

More Tenets of Bespoke Kitchen Design

Bespoke kitchen design is highly personalized.

Luxurious and built to suit, these bespoke kitchen designs by Artichoke inspire with their meticulous attention to detail, architectural interest, and unique construction materials. #kitchendesign #bespoke #luxurykitchen
Flemish design details, bespoke cabinetry, bronze hardware, and Bental White marble…certainly inspiring indeed.

Meticulous attention to detail is an important distinction of bespoke kitchen design.

Modern rustic bespoke kitchen by Artichoke in Gloucestershire, England. Flemish design details, painted kitchen cabinetry, bronze hardware, and Bental White marble
An exquisite color palette in this serene and timeless Artichoke designed bespoke kitchen.

Bespoke kitchen design involves the finest quality materials.

Glass door detail in a bespoke modern rustic country kitchen by Artichoke with large island. This bespoke modern rustic kitchen, designed for a new build country house, takes influence from Flemish design. The large central kitchen island has a specialist finish to age the material and give it a rustic feel. The painted furniture forms a backdrop to the island and has classical detailing with raised and fielded panel doors.Primary materials: Oak, Bental White marble, hand painted furniture and bronze handles #bespoke #kitchendesign #englishcountry #englishkitchen #flemish #modernrustic
Glass door detail in a breathtaking bespoke country kitchen by Artichoke…certainly a thoughtful design indeed. What is Bespoke Kitchen Design: Photos of Artichoke Designed Kitchens and Also Discussion of What Bespoke Entails.

A Bespoke Kitchen Design Relies on…

…experienced artisans who contribute to the creation of bespoke kitchen designs.

Luxurious and built to suit, these bespoke kitchen designs by Artichoke inspire with their meticulous attention to detail, architectural interest, and unique construction materials. #kitchendesign #bespoke #luxurykitchen
Bespoke kitchen design by Artichoke…certainly inspiring indeed.

…careful listening to clients since the design must function exclusively for their needs.

Bespoke kitchen design with urban rustic style in Cotswolds, Gloucesterhshire by Artichoke. Distressed oak, stainless steel, and Calacatta Oro marble star in the design ingredients.
Part of an addition to a Cotswold barn, Artichoke brought this urban rustic kitchen to life. Bespoke kitchen design elements include: distressed oak and stylish stainless steel as well as handsome Calacatta Oro marble.

…a team including kitchen designers and cabinet makers.

Luxurious and built to suit, these bespoke kitchen designs by Artichoke inspire with their meticulous attention to detail, architectural interest, and unique construction materials. #kitchendesign #bespoke #luxurykitchen
Bespoke kitchen design with urban rustic style in Cotswolds, Gloucesterhshire by Artichoke…certainly inspiring indeed.

More Glimpses of a Variety of Bespoke Kitchens

Bespoke kitchen design with urban rustic style in Cotswolds, Gloucesterhshire by Artichoke. Distressed oak, stainless steel, and Calacatta Oro marble star in the design ingredients.
What is Bespoke Kitchen Design: Photos of Artichoke Designed Kitchens and Also Discussion of What Bespoke Entails.
Luxurious and built to suit, these bespoke kitchen designs by Artichoke inspire with their meticulous attention to detail, architectural interest, and unique construction materials. #kitchendesign #bespoke #luxurykitchen
A bespoke kitchen by Artichoke in the Cotswolds.
Bespoke kitchen design with urban rustic style in Cotswolds, Gloucesterhshire by Artichoke. Distressed oak, stainless steel, and Calacatta Oro marble star in the design ingredients.
Distressed oak, stainless steel, and Calacatta Oro marble star as design ingredients in this decidedly bespoke kitchen.

Luxurious Bespoke Kitchen Design in Tuscany

Luxurious and built to suit, these bespoke kitchen designs by Artichoke inspire with their meticulous attention to detail, architectural interest, and unique construction materials. #kitchendesign #bespoke #luxurykitchen
Bespoke kitchen by Artichoke.
Luxurious bespoke kitchen design by Artichoke for a Tuscan villa. The primary ingredients include hand-painted tulipwood, rift cut French oak, chestnut, and acid etched zinc.
This bespoke kitchen’s central islands are designed in brick and plaster while hand planed and finished arched chesnut doors grace the ends. Doors are hinged on bespoke wrought ironwork, typical of the local vernacular…certainly inspiring indeed.
Luxurious and built to suit, these bespoke kitchen designs by Artichoke inspire with their meticulous attention to detail, architectural interest, and unique construction materials. #kitchendesign #bespoke #luxurykitchen
Bespoke kitchen design in a Tuscan villa by Artichoke.
Luxurious bespoke kitchen design by Artichoke for a Tuscan villa. The primary ingredients include hand-painted tulipwood, rift cut French oak, chestnut, and acid etched zinc.
What is Bespoke Kitchen Design: Photos of Artichoke Designed Kitchens and Also Discussion of Bespoke.
Luxurious and built to suit, these bespoke kitchen designs by Artichoke inspire with their meticulous attention to detail, architectural interest, and unique construction materials. #kitchendesign #bespoke #luxurykitchen
Primary ingredients include hand-painted tulipwood, rift cut French oak, chestnut, and acid etched zinc…certainly inspiring indeed.
Luxurious bespoke kitchen design by Artichoke for a Tuscan villa. The primary ingredients include hand-painted tulipwood, rift cut French oak, chestnut, and acid etched zinc.
Detail of the backsplash and range wall in a luxurious bespoke kitchen design by Artichoke…certainly lovely indeed.

Bespoke Scullery

Bespoke pantry and scullery design by Artichoke for a villa in Tuscany. #bespoke #kitchendesign #scullery
A bespoke pantry and scullery by Artichoke for a Tuscan villa: plate racks and a magnificent ceiling as well as superior craftsmanship.
Bespoke pantry and scullery design by Artichoke for a villa in Tuscany. #bespokedesign #kitchendesign #scullery
What is Bespoke Kitchen Design: Photos of Artichoke Designed Kitchens as well as Discussion of What Bespoke Entails.
This scullery off the main kitchen features glazed green tile backsplash, plate racks, oak cabinetry, and magnificent artchitecture. #bespoke #kitchendesign #scullery #pantry #luxurykitchen
Bespoke pantry and scullery design by Artichoke for a villa in Tuscany with glazed tile backsplash, plate racks and oak cabinetry as well as magnificent architecture.

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6 Comments

  1. Connie
    September 10, 2019 / 8:35 am

    As I am about to embark on a house renovation (thankfully mostly cosmetic changes!) each post you do becomes a part of my inspiration folder 🙂

    Thank you for the beautiful kitchen ideas today!

    • Michele
      Author
      September 10, 2019 / 8:56 am

      Ahhhh – that sounds like a wonderful adventure you’ll be on, and I’m so happy to be included. Peace to you, and wishing you extra reserves of patience and creativity in your work! 🙂

  2. Amy
    September 10, 2019 / 10:22 am

    I’ve wanted to look into exactly what/where the term, bespoke, really meant/came from…though I generally knew it had to do with custom design. So this post did all that work for me and was so interesting to read! Thanks for the variety of enjoyable and helpful information you cover in your design blog…I always look forward to reading it, and I know it must take much time, energy, and effort to produce. Please know that we enjoy reading it and going back to refer to it, as much as it is apparent you enjoy writing it!!

    • Michele
      Author
      September 10, 2019 / 12:09 pm

      I’m so glad, Amy! Since I’m more of an everyday woman rather than an uppercrust elite, I have to dig a little deeper. There are all sorts of reasons a homeowner would be seeking a bespoke rather than simply custom design. Sometimes, money is no object. In other cases, a valuable historical property warrants the best of the best. For some properties, the investment for the highest quality makes good business sense. As a dreamer, I think of yet another category: folks who aspire to dwell in a living work of art created especially for themselves to enjoy without overthinking ‘resale’ or ‘practical considerations.’ It’s the artisan quality of bespoke kitchens that I’m drawn to…handmade and hand-crafted and hand-forged, all of those very human, very hands-on creations and endeavors interest me. 🙂 Thanks for reading!

  3. Mackeral
    September 13, 2019 / 5:13 am

    That’s a fantastic kitchen design ideas.. Really loved to be implemented in my house

    • Michele
      Author
      September 13, 2019 / 10:04 am

      Thanks for reading. 🙂

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