Looking at it now, it’s hard to believe that the plot where the home of Alex Michaelis stands was once an old MOT garage. These days, instead of tyres and oily mechanic kit there sits a thoroughly unique and visually captivating property, complete with rounded towers, rooftop terraces and an elegant outdoor swimming pool.

While no less impressive, it’s less surprising when you find out that Alex is one half of renowned architectural practice Michaelis Boyd, whose design-led projects include not only residential new builds but hotels, restaurants and bars around the world including Soho House Istanbul, London’s recently refurbished Groucho Club and 225 apartments in the soon to be regenerated Battersea Power Station.

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At the centre of the vibrant family home is the kitchen, but needless to say this is no ordinary design. A constant hub of activity thanks to Alex and his wife Susanna’s seven children, the space, with is rough plaster walls and sleek Bulthaup island, is connected to the floor above by a fireman’s pole.

Our vision was to create a unique space, full of light and fun,

We wanted the kitchen to be open plan, and somewhere not only to cook in but to actually live and socialise. Our home is a busy place full of laughter, noise and occasionally homework, and the kitchen is where the family and our friends come to be together and to enjoy great food.”

Fundamental to the success of this hardworking kitchen are the Electrolux Grand Cuisine appliances, chosen not only for their striking good looks but their professional level of functionality. “We opted for Electrolux Grand Cuisine because we love the sleek designs, and also because of how intelligent the systems are,” says Alex. “The Personal Chef Advisory Service is brilliant too. It’s great that there’s always an expert on hand to answer questions, help us learn new techniques and improve our skills.” At the weekends they now use the sear hob to cook the family’s super-sized order of bacon and eggs, while the vacuum sealer has been a revolution. “Our kitchen has become more than just a place to cook food,” says Alex. “It is now a place of real creativity and inspiration."