What you see is not necessarily what you get with this year’s selection of kitchen finalists. As butler’s pantries become standard, materials in the main part of the kitchen have become even more luxurious, as spaces segue into living and dining areas. Check out the latest trends.
This jewellery box of a kitchen is as functional as it is beautiful, with a copper undermount sink and matching mixer tap fitted into the island bench designed to tie in with the copper finish overhead cupboards. Aimed at young families and empty nesters, the space is fitted with a 700mm cooktop serviced by a splashback finished in a bronze hexagon tile.
Sometimes it’s the details that separate the good projects from the great. This kitchen has been designed to flow seamlessly from workstation to living space. Appliances, including a fully integrated fridge and a separate wine fridge, are streamlined to give a polished effect. Materials are chosen with an eye on luxury, with a Caesarstone benchtop along the wall and a Calacutta Oro marble island benchtop but the whole look is pulled together with gold detailing in Abet laminate Satinata 874.
The owners of this heritage-listed home in Sydney did not want a traditional kitchen but they did want one that would honour the age of the house. Taking their cues from the fluted base of the vintage stack out the front door, the designers created an all-white island bench with a pleated base — a subtle nod to bygone eras. The soft edges reference the archways present in other parts of the house. Given the predominantly white palette, this kitchen relies heavily on texture, with a stone splashback and joinery detail.
This new kitchen and the butler’s pantry beyond has been designed to age gracefully, with a careful mix of modern and classic elements. Because of the complexity of the space, the joiners were part of the conversation from the design phase onwards, ensuring that the concept the designer envisioned could be executed. Central to the space is a concrete benchtop with inset servery space, while the stone splashback, lit from above and below, provides a dramatic backdrop.