Pendant lights over the island bench add a sense of drama and space in this show-stopping kitchen
“There’s nothing quite like the buzz you get from turning a tired, 10-year-old kitchen into someone’s dream design. This project required a complete gutting of the existing space in order to open it up and allow it to become the natural nexus of the home. Knowing how important it was for the client to have a flow-through area, where all family members and guests have the space to eat and interact, an island bench for both work and play became a necessity.
Once the space for this was designated, the rest of the design centred on functionality, storage maximisation and understated style. To enhance functionality, all the most frequently used appliances — the fridge, oven and microwave — were placed in close proximity to each other and to two large benchtops. A wall of white handleless cabinets surrounding the cooktop stretches out to the outer edges of the kitchen area. It allows for more storage and displays a beautifully sleek facade that is perfectly complemented by the rich tones of the natural materials such as timber, marble and stone.
Designer: Phil O’Brien for Designer Kitchens, in conjunction with Harry Polous Architects and Leigh Boswell of Highgate House
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Originally from Kitchens & Bathrooms Quarterly magazine, Volume 22 Issue 2