Whilst the average cost of a kitchen in the UK is around £8,000, the ‘Fiore di Cristallo’, or ‘Crystal Flower’, costs an eye-watering £1,000,000. Designed by Claudio Celiberti and dubbed the most expensive kitchen in the world, it took more than twelve months to create and was designed to push the boundaries of what is possible in design. But costing almost four and a half times the price of the average UK house, is this kitchen a statement of design or wealth?
This kitchen clearly demonstrates spectacular opulence with Murano Crystal featuring as the material of choice. This world-famous crystal is produced on the Island of Murano by using an ancient and complex process which results in the purest, most perfect crystal in the world. It has been applied liberally across the entire kitchen.
As with more affordable kitchens, the island in the ‘Fiore di Cristallo’ acts as a centrepiece. It has been crafted from solid Murano Crystal and costs £36,850. The price tag and material are not the only noticeable differences compared to regular kitchen islands though. Where solid oak cabinets of more reserved kitchen islands offer storage space for utensils, cookbooks and even ingredients, this crystal island lacks any storage space at all. Rather, its purpose is that of aesthetics and seating.
To make up for the lack of storage space in the island, this kitchen features an impressive 27 cabinets, fronted with yet more Murano Crystal. Each door has been fitted with 9mm handles of the same material which mirrors both the island and frontals, adding continuity to the kitchen. The Studio Celiberti logo has been etched into the front of the handles and clearly demonstrates how much careful planning and detail has gone into the design. The insides of the drawers are lined with solid copper, which was chosen not only for its beauty but also for its hygienic and antimicrobial qualities.
In regards to the most expensive kitchen in the world, Claudio Celiberti explained that he “wanted to create something that had not been done before – using resistant materials such as crystal, copper and stone and combine them to make them look very elegant.” The question is, has the ‘Fiore di Cristallo’ kitchen really “pushed the boundaries of what is possible in design”?
Well perhaps, but there seems to be more emphasis on the price and not the design of the kitchen – the Studio Celiberti website itself calls it the “Million Pound Kitchen” and not their “Magnum Opus” or something similar that would suggest the pinnacle of design.
You could argue that this is a show kitchen, that it is there to take inspiration from and not to be replicated as the whole. You can actually buy the whole design if your budget stretches to it and you are willing to join an eight-month waiting list.
Claudio Celiberti’s commitment to using beautiful raw materials and ensuring the highest levels of craftmanship is something that we at Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets can appreciate. Our own kitchen cabinets and worktops are built by talented and experienced craftspeople who exhibit outstanding attention to detail. Moreover, all of our materials are sourced by ourselves after scrupulous inspection of their quality and environmental credentials. We believe that wood has an unassuming nature and a reserved character that reminds us of the real value of a kitchen – and that is something you cannot put a price on.