It was really important for the clients that the space not only looked good but would be functional and produce a contemporary single flowing open area which served all their purposes. Our clients love to entertain so it was also key that the kitchen was to be the centrepiece of the space, allowing for casual connection and providing the perception of space. They also wanted the kitchen to appear sleek and functionality almost invisible in the space.
Our goal was to create the kitchen as a bespoke furniture piece that would sit comfortably within a high-quality living and dining space. The emphasis was on innovative kitchen concealments and being inconspicuous. Entry via that front door reveals the charm of a flowing historic terrace house emphasising a contemporary renovation.
The island is the centrepiece of this design providing a soft curved, period marble effect benchtop and slated curved horizontal side panels which were recessed to provide casual seating and a sense of depth. The cooktop is ingeniously built into the benchtop providing a seamless surface.
The integrated extraction in the bench system allows for great function and nonobtrusive lines. The handle-less deep storage cabinetry with overhead recessed lighting unassumingly merges into clean lines. The use of timber oak doors on the back wall cabinetry provides a subtle refined texture. The wash-up area sits in between the ovens and the right the integrated fridge and pantry. Task lighting and the main ceiling recessed LED lighting delivers continuous illumination.
The clients have a big passion for gastronomy and great food, so a powerful rangehood was a must! We ended up going with the combined cooktop and extractor from Bora. For the oven, steam oven and fridge, we went with the sleek stainless steel design from Sub-Zero and Wolf.
The benchtops are the workhorse of the kitchen and probably the most important finish in a home. Having worked with Neolith Solid Surface in previous projects and seeing how well it stood up it was an easy decision that we had to go with Neolith again. We went with the colour ‘Calacatta Luxe’ which is inspired by the world-famous Italian Carrara Marble, Calacatta Luxe takes the pattern to the next level, turning up the contrast for dramatic effect. Calacatta Luxe combines striations of dark greys, inky blues, tobacco browns and subtle golds for a mesmerising vein, contrasting against a bright white background - perfect as a centrepiece for the benchtop and splashback.
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