As a child, our founder John Lewis and his family were loaned a beautiful seaside holiday home, complete with a brand new 1950s kitchen from English Rose. Ever since his childhood, he wanted to create his own take on the retro kitchen and gain the expertise, materials and equipment to make it possible.
Today, his dream has come true, and our Crème de la Crème kitchens allow modern families to enjoy the nostalgia and energy of post-war America that John Lewis loves in their homes.
Back in the 1950’s the English Rose kitchen was a ‘must have’, with households around the country craving this new, post-war, American inspired design.
Fast forward to today and we are still big on the 1950’s kitchen. In fact, retro and vintage style has been sweeping the nation over the last few years, with an array of festivals celebrating various eras and American style diners appearing in many towns. It’s even made its way into mainstream fashion, affirming that vintage can be thoroughly modern.
The retro kitchen design comes with a special slimline handle, set on a chrome recessed back-plate. The handle comes in a selection of colours to complement your design and complete the unique retro style.
Our Crème de la Crème range combines modern quality and the luxuries of today’s technology with the classic vintage style. The eye-catching retro kitchen design promises to make an unforgettable statement in the heart of your home.
By choosing from our extended selection of materials and finishing touches for your Crème de la Creme units, you can create your own distinctive and highly personalised kitchen design. Complete the unique retro look with a blend of vintage accessories and modern appliances for a timeless design that suits a kitchen today as well as it did 70 years ago.
Our retro kitchen design features beautifully crafted doors and eye-catching curved drawers that stay true to the original design of the English Rose kitchen. Our Crème de la Crème kitchen doors are the perfect canvas for a High Gloss finish in bold colour combinations that will complete the iconic retro look.
Finishes & Colour
With a specially curated collection of colours from which to choose, our standout gloss cabinet paints make the Crème de la Crème range truly adaptable to your preferred palette. Choose from colours like the classic Sugar Almond Cream or transport your vintage kitchen into the modern era with contemporary shades of greys, blues and taupes.
With a focus on the individual and armed with an up to date knowledge of current design trends I have the ability to create a truly stand out space suited to your individual needs.Michael Tawadrous, Senior Designer/Manager
Craftsmanship and quality carpentry is at the heart of every Crème de la Crème kitchen. Designed to stand out and make a statement, a retro kitchen is a worthwhile investment for your home. Our knowledgeable design team is here to collaborate with you, guide you through the kitchen design process and advise you on the best bespoke kitchen solutions for your budget.
The English Rose kitchen was in vogue in the 1950s, when households around the country craved a new, post-war, America-inspired design. Today, retro and vintage styles have been sweeping the nation once again, affirming that vintage can be thoroughly modern.
Specially designed for the practicalities of modern life – which demand far more than the original English Rose can offer – our modern retro kitchens are made from durable materials, feature ultra hard-wearing paint finishes and allow for the seamless installation of integrated appliances while still staying true to the original 1950s-inspired design.
The Crème de la Crème kitchen combines modern luxury with a generous dose of retro design, inspired by the American diners of the mid-century. The materials used in kitchens of the post-war era featured curved drawers and vibrant colour combinations. We honour these retro features in our modern-day retro-style kitchens whilst still crafting a room that comfortably adapts to open-plan living and the state-of-the-art appliances that are typical of luxury kitchens today.
One of the greatest hallmarks of a retro kitchen is the bold colour combinations that were prevalent during the 1950s. With our select palette of 14 High Gloss colours and our designers’ ability to pair your vintage-style cabinets with contrasting worktops, backsplashes and flooring options, the Crème de la Crème kitchen is truly customisable.
Whether you opt for one of our retro shades like Cardinal Red, Sugar Almond Cream or Sugar Candy Pink or a more contemporary colour palette, our hand-polished gloss paint finish gives an exquisite depth of colour that is extremely durable.
Home trends evolve over the years, but when the fashions of yesterday become popular once again, it’s evident they are meant to last. The retro theme is gaining popularity throughout the art, fashion and music worlds, so it is perhaps no surprise that retro kitchen design is also back in vogue. Unique enough to make a statement without forgoing the practicalities of contemporary kitchen ranges, Crème de la Crème is the perfect design for lovers of vintage interiors.
Our designers work closely with you to understand exactly how you envisage your dream kitchen, and gain appreciation of how you want to use you new room. By distilling our 45 years of kitchen layout and product design experience we are able to interpret your likes & dislikes, consider your inspiration carefully and then guide your though the choices in our portfolio.
Our free kitchen design service plays a crucial part in creating a space tailored to your exact requirements.
This is just a short note to thankyou for an excellent level of service when we purchased our kitchen earlier in the year.S Owens, Cambridgeshire
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I really love making people's kitchen dreams become a reality and seeing how happy they are once the kitchen install is all finished.KAREN, SALES DESIGNER, HUNGERFORD SHOWROOM