Truly unique brief inspires a truly unique design
Throughout the design process we considered this kitchen to be the heart of a growing family’s home. It would need to seamlessly flow with the striking finishes and attention to detail, which could be seen throughout the rest of the house. We did have the rare opportunity with this new build to propose that the kitchen be more than just a functional and practical working space.
We were presented with initial plans which designated the kitchen and living zones.
We responded to our open-minded clients, making suggestions in regard to the layout and the resultant flow within the space. It was our opportunity to design something that was truly unique.
The initial brief requested an enclosed wine cellar which initially was concealed when entering down the hallway. We suggested a glazed room which would act as a focal point before entering into the living area. The elegant presentation of the wine cellar sets the scene for the spaces that follow.
The open-plan living space beyond is full of light, activity and unique features.
To integrate the living and kitchen zones we incorporated the fish tank, built within the joinery. This feature serves to connect the two spaces. The fish tank is a moving piece of artwork which has inspired the design of the kitchen.
With the dramatic spaces and features designed within this house we suggested that the kitchen demand some attention of its own. In its own right it evolved to become a space which featured the island as a ‘piece of furniture’ – almost sculptural, picking up the existing themes offered by the fish tank of buoyancy, motion and reflection which contrast against the modern, streamlined linear aesthetic within the space.
Within the kitchen we incorporated well-made joinery, state-of-the-art appliances as well as exquisite materials and finishes. There is a strong sense of cohesion created by acknowledging the design decisions made throughout the house.
By maximising the use of space, we were able to deliver on the need for storage. Floor to ceiling cabinets fills the kitchen, to provide a clutter-free space. Everything can be placed away out of sight and the addition of a scullery is a huge advantage. Additional storage has been designed within the scullery as well as another dishwasher and sink for food preparation.
Finishes and materials have been selected to give the space a luxurious feel – white polyurethane joinery, stunning ‘Superwhite’ marble kitchen bench, exquisite timber veneer and mirror splashback have been chosen for this purpose.
To enhance the linear quality of the kitchen we decided against handles, instead incorporating finger pull design. In addition to this design decision we have integrated the appliances so the eye is drawn across the space uninterrupted. The SMEG Oven is slick and lineal in quality to match the kitchen. The mirror splashback ties in nicely with the appliance.
The island was a challenging design component for the space. Picking up on the themes of ‘energy’ and ‘buoyancy’ inspired by the fish tank we designed the island as a ‘stand alone’ piece of furniture. There is a sense of weight created by the thick feature marble bench (‘Superwhite’ with grey tones) and this is counteracted by the feeling of weightlessness created by the mirrored bar back. The timber extension appears to float between the two materials as it cantilevers into the space beyond anchored by the marble column that extends to the floor.
As well as being sculptural in nature the island is multi-functional incorporating pull-boy bins, integrated dishwasher and double under-mounted sink. We haven’t assigned any seating to the island, instead it serves as a space to mingle when entertaining.
All in all each material, finish and element create a strong, streamlined, clean aesthetic. Ample storage is provided without detracting the eye from the fabulous fish tank and creative form of the island. Excellent durability has been considered to create this luxurious, yet practical entertaining space for a growing family.
Finishing touches include the gorgeous shiny copper pendants that hang over the island. Their buoyant, rounded form contrast against the strong linear nature created throughout the kitchen. They again echo the themes created by the fish tank, helping to reflect the surroundings, like the mirror bar back and splash back.