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Bespoke Crème de la Crème Retro Style Kitchens

The retro-style kitchen is a design classic.

What is a Crème de la crème Retro kitchen?

The unique Crème de la Crème kitchen features the classic curved design with bold colours, glossy surfaces and chrome accents that you would find in a kitchen from the 1950s. In fact, the inspiration for our retro style-kitchen design came from the famous English Rose kitchen units, which were often found in homes in the 1950s. The retro-style kitchen is guaranteed to transform an existing room into a vibrant space bursting with energy and nostalgia.

The origin of the John Lewis of Hungerford retro-style kitchen

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.

Red and white retro kitchen John Lewis of Hungerford

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.



What makes a Crème de la Creme kitchen special?

Details and Personalisation

Especially designed for the practicalities of the modern lifestyle, which demand far more from our kitchens than the original English Rose can offer, our modern retro kitchens are made from durable material and allow for integrated appliances.

We tailor-make all our retro style kitchens to suit your personal and family needs and requirements, down to the smallest detail.  This unique kitchen features the classic curved design with bold colours, glossy surfaces and chrome accents that you would find on the original 1950’s product. This is a real show-case kitchen and will transform your existing room into a vibrant space, bursting with energy and fun!

Pink and green retro kitchen John Lewis of Hungerford


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.

Crafted Cabinetry

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.

English Rose Retro kitchen John Lewis of Hungerford


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.

Retro kitchen John Lewis of Hungerford

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

Frequently Asked Questions about Retro Kitchens

How much does a Crème de la Crème kitchen cost?

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.

What is the difference between an English Rose Kitchen and a Crème de la Crème kitchen?

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.

What is a modern retro-style kitchen?

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.

What are the retro colours?

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.

Why are retro-style kitchens so popular today?

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 Retro kitchen portfolio

View the retro style kitchens our designers have created

We are passionate about good design and will ensure your new kitchen is both beautiful and practical

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.

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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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If you are ready to take the next step in your journey to a new bespoke kitchen, we’re ready to help.

Looking for something different?

If our Creme De La Creme kitchen range isn’t quite right for you. Why not have a look and some of our other traditional kitchen collections.

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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
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