Feast for the Senses

A selection of kitchens to satisfy the appetites of design lovers.

Where we live tells a story about who we are and where we’ve come from. For YSG’s founder and principal, Yasmine Ghoniem, the decoration of her own Bondi apartment speaks of her upbringing in Australia, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. The richness of these memories manifests in the kitchen through custom green joinery, creamy marble benchtops and a hand-painted patterned floor. The eye is rewarded for a journey upwards with an eclectic collection of sculptural pieces bringing flair to what is, at its core, a functional space – although with so much to see here, you’d be forgiven for not noticing.

Joinery custom by YSG made by Xpert Joinery
Lower cabinetry “Deep Reed” by Dulux
Benchtop “Calacatta Manhattan” from Med Marble
Floor custom patterned hand-painted by Creative Finish

Folk Studio’s renovation of an artist’s home in Curl Curl, NSW was also, fittingly, a process of curation. In this small footprint, every move had to be strategic: thus a minimal yet functional kitchen configuration of open shelving with a palette of American walnut and handmade ceramic tiles (see page 28). “We often love the idea of open shelving as it allows our clients to display their treasured items and makes a kitchen feel more personal,” Folk Studio adds.

Splashback “Eztier1505 Nieve Punto” by Tiles of Ezra
Joinery custom American walnut by The Mill, designed by Folk Studio
Hanging rail and tapware ABI
Appliances SMEG

“A super kitchen for the domestic chef, great living spaces both inside and out and lots of storage” went the brief for the kitchen of this Yarraville, Melbourne project by Brave New Eco. This open plan kitchen/dining space channels a retro vibe with a palette of browns, oranges, yellows and greens. The herringbone-patterned terracotta tiles were handmade in New Zealand and bring a sense of earthiness to the glamour of the green kitchen surfaces. Here, every item quite literally has its place: the drawer and cupboard system was custom designed for what it would store. Consider the brief (well and truly) met.

Tapware Brodware City Stik in “Brushed Nickel”
Oven, pizza oven and cooktop Steel Genesi range
Benchtop and splashback Minokoyo Japanese mosaic from Academy Tiles

This Melbourne Victorian cottage has been brought to life anew with Art Deco detailing by Kim Kneipp. The sweeping curves for which the style is beloved wrap around the kitchen, which has a modern edge courtesy of fittings and finishes like recycled Australian timber, brass trims and mosaic tiles. And how could we not mention the island bench? This sculptural number obscures the clutter of the quotidian and contains a secret “Deco-esque antiprohibition cocktail bar”.

Kitchen island ZP Woodworks
Pendant Studio Lehmann
Mosaic Artedomus INAX “Yohen Border”
Appliances Fisher & Paykel

Clients seeking to revitalise their long-serving family home enlisted Cantilever Interiors to update their kitchen, laundry and pantry fit for a new phase of life. Cantilever’s Tableau system was just what was needed, with its masterful blend of freestanding and fixed components to suit any lifestyle. “We understood that a love of cooking, sharing food with family and friends and a deep desire to maintain quality of life led decision-making,” Cantilever reflects on the project. This called for reconfiguration of the plan to deliver a mixed-use laundry and pantry that heroes the kitchen with its sleek palette of light grey and soft timber.

Appliances V-ZUG
Tiles Mutina
Benchtop stainless steel and Dekton by Cosentino

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