Inside Julia and Sasha’s kitchen from the Challenge Apartment, which scored full marks and blew the judges away
The kitchens showcased in the 2016 season of The Block have been nothing short of spectacular. Just when we thought we had seen it all, Julia and Sasha’s kitchen from the Challenge Apartment was revealed on last night’s episode of the Block, and it blew everyone—including the judges—away. This kitchen received a perfect score of 40/40, giving Julia and Sasha the first pick of the all-important auction order.
We checked in with The Block Judge Darren Palmer with the help of our friends at Freedom Kitchens, for an insight into his thoughts on this stunner of a kitchen.
“This showstopper embodies an emerging trend from this year’s EuroCucina – New Heritage – where contemporary design celebrates heritage style, while incorporating touches of modern luxury,” said Darren.
“There are so many standout features in this space, but the one that strikes you first is the stunning backlit Caesarstone Concetto White Quartz island bench. It’s suspended above the mirror kick – showcasing a monolith of backlit glowing quartz.”
“The real beauty of this style of kitchen is the fusion between old and new. This approach is respectful to the heritage of The Block building, with features like the shaker style doors and the rustic library ladder – giving the space the feeling of old-world charm. However, the functional elements are strictly 21st century,” said Darren.
“Embracing the new, the futuristic aspects of the kitchen create the perfect space for the modern cook. Top-of-the-range Bosch appliances, impressive features and everyday practicalities – like double ovens – give the kitchen an extra sense of functionality, while remaining high-end.
“And when it comes to hosting, the generous Caesarstone benchtops, Bluetooth sound system, modern black palette and generous storage in both the kitchen and butler’s pantry make it the perfect match for the modern-day entertainer.”
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