Caesarstone contributes to new spin on retail at An Actual Kitchen by Inglis Hall.

Is the highstreet dead? According to Inglis Hall, in Lewes, it's absolutely not. In fact, it's a critical element of life there.

With this in mind, when a vacated parking office, 29 High Street - a "gorgeous Georgian shop" had been allowed to slip into disrepair, Inglis Hall - kitchen designers - made the decision to transform it into An Actual Kitchen.

What is it you may ask? "It is not a shop selling kitchenware. It is not a kitchen showroom with a bored receptionist and a salesperson ready to move in. It is not a pop up restaurant" - explains the Inglis Hall website. It is, in fact, a designed, carefully crafted space illustrating a kitchen without compromise.

Walking the walk, as well as talking the talk, visitors to An Actual Kitchen will get a flavour of exactly what Inglis Hall can offer - whether experiencing the environment during a social, a talk or over a coffee. "An Actual Kitchen is a space to talk, think and feel kitchens."

Caesarstone 4023 Topus Concrete was chosen to provide a contrast to the back run cabinetry, where the sink sits. With its industrial feel and delicate movement replicating the look of mineral formations, 4023 Topus Concrete is flushed with rugged patinas. This aesthetic was key in Inglis Hall’s vision to build a kitchen that would be long-lasting without ever losing its charm, beauty or functionality.

4023 Topus Concrete extends on the splashback all the way to a wooden shelf above the cabinetry, which acts as an organic break between Caesarstone and the gently lime-washed wall. The industrial look of the kitchen seamlessly gives way to a more rustic aesthetic, as visitors head towards the back of the studio, where a full size cabinet and a double pantry are cleverly concealed behind oak-panelled doors.

As the pantry opens, it reveals a perfectly designed solution for storing everyday ingredients and appliances, with Caesarstone 5820 Darcrest as the worktop and splashback. Offering another striking example of a design contrast, the dark, earthy base of 5820 Darcrest is enriched by tiny spots and sediments with a veil of organic brown and green tones, like erosion on a rocky hillside. Enhanced by a Honed finish, this beautiful surface creates a sophisticated and unexpected statement.

Aligning with Inglis Hall’s belief that kitchens are a lifetime purchase and should be designed to stand the test of time, Caesarstone offers a lifetime warranty on all its residential indoor surfaces. This outstanding warranty gives customers the certainty that their product remains safe, durable and timelessly beautiful for years to come, cementing Caesarstone as an unparalleled investment in style, substance and quality. Resistant to stains, scratches and heat, Caesarstone surfaces are easy to look after and maintain. More durable than natural stone, these designs are the perfect choice for busy spaces, whether it is a multi-functional showroom or a family home.