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The World’s First Million Pound Kitchen

23rd November 2012
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The million pound kitchen by Claudio Celiberti. All images by Sean Gardiner

Yes, you read it right. It’s a kitchen and it costs one million pounds. So for all those of you who have racked up a bill for a £50,000 kitchen, frankly, you haven’t been trying hard enough.

The ‘Fiore di Cristallo’ kitchen was designed by Claudio Celiberti, who is, apparently, inspired by the earth’s natural resources and, according to his website, likes to challenge our preconceived ideas about design and function to create interiors that unite luxury and function. And money, clearly.

A spokesman for Mr Celiberti said that he didn’t set out to create the most expensive kitchen “it just turned out that way.

“He wanted to create the most beautiful kitchen he could and it was about the materials he used. Then it just ended up costing that much.”

As it does.

the copper cupboards and crystal handles

So for those of you sniffing disdainfully about solid gold taps and the like, let me tell you that a million pounds won’t even get you gold taps. Oh no. These are chrome. Although they were designed by Philippe Starck. And they’re covered in crystal – because that’s really practical when last night’s lasagne is proving difficult to dislodge from the Pyrex  – and they cost £1,600. Which is a relative drop in the ocean let’s face it.

detail of the murano crystal handles

As for the rest of the kitchen, that was made largely out of copper and crystal. The cupboards are lined with solid copper, which is, according to the designer, a mineral acknowledged for its hygienic qualities as it “inactivates harmful microbes”.

Each of the 27 cabinets, which cost over £400,000 to design and hand craft, also has a 9mm crystal door and handle, carefully made to an intricate and bespoke template, he says.

The rest of the kitchen features a crystal island worth £36,850, a £6,850 stone worktop, and a crystal basin costing £2,680. The centrepiece  is a Swarovski Crystal and cristallo di Murano chandelier, designed by Mr Celiberti himself, at a cost of  £26,400.

“It instantly draws attention to the kitchen, bouncing light off the reflective crystal surfaces.”

The crystal island which cost over £36,000

The one million pound price tag also includes over £24,000 worth of appliances from Gaggenau as well as a £5,000 fridge, a wine climate cabinet worth £2,762 pounds and a £1,714 coffee machine.

Mr Celiberti said of his creation: “Fine craftsmanship is diminishing and being replaced by shortcuts that focus on speed and reduced budget, rather than quality and beauty. As a visionary designer who is committed to perfection I wanted to create a bespoke space that pushed boundaries, exemplified beauty and defined ultimate luxury. The end result is a kitchen that is not only functional but also a work of art with each cut, component and flourish being nothing short of perfection, even down to the finest detail.”

So there you have it. The world’s first million pound kitchen. There’s an eight month waiting list by the way. Just in case you were thinking of ordering one.


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  • Emma 18th November 2016 at 12:12 pm

    Wow, that’s a lot to spend. And not for me actually even if I had a million pounds to spend on a kitchen, it wouldn’t be one that looked like this. It’s a bit too bling. Particularly the island. Although I have to admit the copper fridge is rather gorgeous. Reckon it would look great with a plainer aesthetic and maybe your leather handled cupboards, Kate?

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