Are kitchens the ‘pizza topping’ of home sector?

Are kitchens the ‘pizza topping’ of home sector?

Sales of second-hand kitchens, islands and dressers are going through the roof, largely due to bargain-hunters’ hunger for flexible and design-friendly painted kitchens.

That’s according to kitchen recycling expert The Used Kitchen Company which describes painted kitchens as having become “the pizza topping of the home sector” — the ultimate way to personalise a kitchen to suit individual tastes and appetites.

“Painted kitchens allow the homeowner to decide on exactly which colours they wish to have grace their units, cupboards and islands, which is a huge plus,” says the company’s CEO Looeeze Grossman.

Of course, not all painted kitchen buyers plunge straight in with the roller and paintbrush, particularly when a painted kitchen is as gorgeous as the Town and Country kitchen pictured above, finished in chalk-white and pebble and ready to be installed in its new home.

“Some of TUKC’s clients are buying painted kitchens because they recognise a good resale potential within our ultra-personalised world,” says Ms Grossman.

Others are forward-planning, knowing they can repaint their kitchen in a few years’ time, if they wish to refresh their colour scheme.

This second reason is reinforced for those with green principles.

Research commissioned by TUKC has found that the main motivation in buying a used kitchen for one quarter of consumers is an environmentally friendly one.

“They can show their respect for the environment through kitchen recycling, which prevents thousands of tonnes of waste heading to landfill,” according to Ms Grossman.

Knowing they are buying a kitchen that can be quickly transformed by a lick of paint in five-to-ten years’ time definitely appeals to homeowners wishing to slow down landfill overload.

But if you do not feel confident enough to repaint a kitchen yourself, fear not, there is help at hand.

Refer to a website such as www.traditionalpainter.com to find yourself a reputable tradesperson who can complete the job for you and give you that professional finish.

You can also get inspiration at www.theusedkitchencompany.com

Rock-star pad

Sting has paid $65.7 million for a penthouse at 220 Central Park South, the “Billionaires’ Row” building in New York City.

The building, designed by Robert AM Stern Architects and developed by Vornado Realty Trust, has just 116 units.

They are selling for between $13 million and $39 million, according to Mansionglobal.com.

Earlier this year, billionaire hedge-funder Ken Griffin purchased a unit for $238 million — setting a national record.

Former Police frontman Sting bought the penthouse under his real name, Gordon M. Sumner, on July 16, reports Mansion Global.

In 2018, he sold his duplex at 15 Central Park West — another Robert AM Stern Architects building — for $50 million, according to property records and published reports.

The classic pre-war-style building has an 18-storey villa and a 79-storey tower.

The development, which has expansive views of Central Park, has an off-street motor court shaded by mature trees; private dining rooms and entertainment spaces; as well as an athletic club and a spa.

Sting, 67, was the lead songwriter, singer and bass player for the new wave rock band the Police before embarking on a solo career in 1985.

The winner of 17 Grammys, he’s sold more than 100 million records.

New role

Celebrity gardener Diarmuid Gavin has been announced as patron of the Royal Horticultural Society of Ireland (RHSI) this week.

Diarmuid follows in the footsteps of Helen Dillon, who has stepped back after eight years in the role. “Helen supported every aspect of the Society’s work. She has been exceptionally generous to Irish gardening,” according to the RHSI.

The RHSI is delighted to announce that Diarmuid Gavin has agreed to be the Society’s new patron.

An award-winning garden designer and one of Ireland’s leading horticulturists, Diarmuid said he looks forward to working with the RHSI to promote sustainable gardening and a vibrant future for Irish horticulture.

Set your clock

Our circadian rhythms, the innate 24-hour cycles that tell our bodies when to wake up, when to eat and when to fall asleep, are being explored in a new exhibition at the Glucksman Gallery, UCC.

For Circadian Rhythms, the Glucksman has partnered with APC Microbiome Ireland, an SFI Research Centre at UCC, where world-leading researchers are investigating how gut microbes can influence human circadian rhythms to impact obesity, metabolic disease and brain function.

The exhibition — which opened on Saturday and runs until November 3 — features a host of Irish and international artists exploring circadian rhythms through reflections on time, and the tempo of working life, and sleeping patterns, as well as the impact of modern technologies on biological life.

On the box

A new television show follows 10 aspiring interior designers as they embark on what could turn out to be the biggest design challenge of their lives.

Screened on BBC Two on Wednesdays at 8pm, Interior Design Masters’ first episode sees the designers arrive at an east London studio where they meet each other and series presenter Fearne Cotton.

Awaiting them also is former editor-in-chief of ELLE Decoration magazine Michelle Ogundehin.

Highly regarded in the design industry, Michelle will judge their work as they compete to win the ultimate prize, a commercial contract to design a bar at one of London’s top hotels.

Each week, the designers are set a different commercial design challenge by Michelle, who then scrutinises their designs alongside some big-name industry guest judges.

Episode one sees Michelle joined by renowned fashion designer-turned-interiors specialist Matthew Williamson.

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