Figura believe the larder remains one of the most important considerations in successful kitchen design. Its role as a central and main store allows more flexibility in positioning the other important elements that create a beautiful and functional space.
A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY
In medieval halls the larder was where meat (‘lard’), fish, and other foodstuffs prone to rapid spoilage were stored. Looked after by the Larderer, it was closely connected to the saucery, the scullery and the pantry. The pantry (from the word ‘pain’) was where the bread was kept.
By the Victorian era, whilst large houses maintained the use of separate rooms for food preparation and storage elsewhere, the larder and pantry simply became large wooden cupboards, each with its exclusive purpose.
Today the larder or pantry is a ‘must have’ for our clients.
WALK IN LARDERS
Here, dimensions are critical. We design the room to be as square as possible with wrap -around marble shelving and a central standing space. Everything should be in sight and within reach. All the surfaces including walls and the floor contribute to the cool temperature and, where possible, we locate them on a north facing corner of the house.
Larder cupboards are very popular alternative to the walk in larder. We design larder cupboards with generous bi-fold doors which open up completely revealing a wonderful wide store and workstation. Larders must be functional, bright and full of life inside, whilst majestic and elegant when the doors are closed.
IN A FIGURA LARDER
A larder should be designed individually for each client with a definite function in mind. It is so much more than just a large cupboard. We design it to be uncluttered, simple and organised. The larder creates another workspace potentially dedicated to pastry or bread making. It can also be where you chop, mix, roll, juice, brew coffee or blend smoothies. We have designed them specifically to provide a children’s cooking zone and even to become home to a malt whisky collection.