Joining the project at a point where the basic kitchen space had been mapped out on the floor plans, our designers expanded on the initial ideas to really bring the owners’ vision to life. We sought to create a truly convivial space that could be a tranquil cocoon for sitting in solitude enjoying a peaceful morning coffee, but that could also morph into a vibrant place of familial togetherness and dinner parties with friends. Yes, this is a home where the children have grown and headed off to build their own lives, it’s now a place where the parents have earned the opportunity to express their own individuality and sense of self. However, it also remains a place where every family member can return and find peace.
Industrial chic & natural inspiration
Aesthetically, the owners wanted to create an urban warehouse feel, having maintained the exposed steels across the ceiling and finished them in a cool muted blue tone. In order to marry the industrial features with the sophistication of an adult environment and the comforts of home, we reflected the colour in the under-counter cabinetry, whilst adding complementary finishes, including a concrete effect on full height cupboards as well. Meanwhile, the flooring is a rustic, wooden herringbone, so that the whole space straddles the line between well-worn and immaculately sleek.
The large window at the end of the space is the focal point towards which everything is directed. The sunlight is in many ways the protagonist in this space, quietly creating a sense of calm and imbuing it with organic energy courtesy of the trees outside. Our designers maximised the environment and the way it interacts with the view using natural hues as well as surfaces that mirror the world outside, reflecting the light through a four-metre long island complete with storage, a bar area with leather stools, as well as a waterfall effect ‘Clamshell’ quartz countertop.
Form and function
Part of the enjoyment of a truly sophisticated home is the way it works, enhancing daily tasks and experiences and making even the smallest action a joy. That functionality was an integral part of designing this culinary space. Down one side of the kitchen the full height cabinets include two Siemens studioLine ovens – one with a built-in microwave and the other with combination steam-cooking. Towards the back, a double sink includes a textured splashback formed of porcelain tiles with a wave-like finish that offsets the otherwise seamless surfaces. Everything here has its place and purpose, working harmoniously and with a sense of symbiotic ease.
The finishing touches in this home are all about the family’s personality – nodding to its past as a place where people have grown up, but celebrating all that life has to offer now and in the future. An illuminated niche houses cookbooks and preferred liquors now that they no longer need to remain beyond the reach of little hands. Iron shelving has select ornaments on display, and the avant-garde print of Queen Elizabeth’s image imposed over the Union Jack adds personality, individuality and vibrancy to the room, ensuring that above all else, it’s part of a home.