Displayed elegance and sophistication
Few limitations influenced the design of this kitchen allowing many of the needs highlighted in the client brief to be met. The main consideration was to match the high-end finishes and details throughout the rest of the house so that the spaces integrated seamlessly. We looked to the modern aesthetic dominated by timeless European trends for inspiration. The modern appeal of doors and bench tops without unnecessary details helped to create a kitchen boasting clean horizontal lines, whereby the eye runs uninterrupted throughout the space. The sleek appeal is highlighted by marrying the use of superior materials (honed Quartz stone, Smartstone and wood veneer) with exquisite joinery detailing (mitred edging within the joinery with shark nosed edges).
The linear aesthetic of the island is broken by the inclusion of the ‘pop up’ nature of raised servery adding an interesting dimension to its solid form. This serves to create additional storage and conceals the preparation zone from the entertaining space. It is tied back into the kitchen through the use of the timber veneer finish which matches the ‘hidden’ entrance to the butler’s pantry. The rich tones of the veneer compliment the neutrality of the cabinets. The use of the veneer satisfies the need for durability (especially for a family home) and contrasts against the floor tiles, white joinery and bench tops. A sense of balance is achieved by the pairing of light and dark tones creating a sophisticated colour palette. The mirror splash back creates yet another surface which helps to tie in the appliances that are exposed within the kitchen. The delightful use of the copper tinted mirror captures the ever-changing landscape outside bringing the outdoors in. The eye is again lead outside by the floating bench (with deep stone drawers) on the back wall of the kitchen acting as a connection between the two zones.
The gorgeous shiny copper pendant lighting above the island add an unexpected pop of colour and on-trend style to an otherwise minimal palette of modern design. It also unexpectedly serves as a contrast to the linear, flowing lines of the joinery and bench tops.
The island has space for seating so there is an informal option provided for dining. This will encourage it’s use to be multi-functional, dictated by the evolving demands made on the space. Be it entertaining, working or watching the children do their homework, the additional joinery will help make the space flexible. This helps the kitchen become the heart of the home linking living and dining zones.
Storage solutions are provided throughout the kitchen - most successfully within the butler’s pantry which is tucked away behind the hidden door that appears as another cabinet. Within the pantry a complete shelving solution has been provided to help keep the kitchen free from clutter. Wine storage has also been included. The use of materials matches the level seen in the main kitchen, the only difference being the white Starphire glass used for a splashback.
The functionality of the kitchen has answered the client’s brief and performs well under all circumstances. All storage needs have been met and ease of use has been aswered through the addition of clever, modern drawer and door systems incorporated within the design.