Smith & Smith Kitchens Project 19
Designed by Sue Bracy for Smith & Smith Kitchens, this fresh and light kitchen is sure to make family cooking easy and enjoyable. Smith & Smith Kitchens’ clients wanted a modern space that could easily cater for a young family, as well as offer extra ‘wow’ factor. Featuring substantial stone benchtops and a butler’s pantry, this design fulfills the brief, and more.
Sleek and contemporary, the expansive natural stone island bench is the hero of the kitchen. The island provides the ideal location for the family to gather, where the children can play, complete homework or eat a light snack. It also ensures ample room for plating meals.
The highly functional kitchen is divided into designated zones with seamless ﬂow. With a wet area, cooking zone, and food-preparation section, multiple people can use it smoothly and simultaneously. With a butler’s pantry to support the main space, clean-up is simple. Small appliances can be stored on the matching stone benchtops, without cluttering up the kitchen itself. There is also a dedicated wine fridge, which is perfect for entertaining.
Positioned directly above the island bench, a trio of copper pendant lights contrast beautifully with the abundant pale stone for a definitively modern aesthetic. Reﬂected in the polished stone, the smooth, round designer lights also serve to highlight the clean, sharp lines of the kitchen. The window splashbacks introduce plenty of light and offer picturesque views of the garden. The verdant greenery and burnished copper, combined with the dark wooden ﬂoorboards provide the perfect counterpoint to the bright, modern white stone and cabinetry, for a harmonious result.
For the cabinetry, the clients wanted a seamless, handle-less design. In response, the company carefully integrated the high-performance Miele appliances. The dishwasher is cleverly concealed behind a panel of mock drawers, while small appliances that are used frequently find a home within the butler’s pantry. The Miele oven and stovetop provide a sharp contrast with the light stone that surrounds them, creating an anchoring focal point for the kitchen. The company used J-grip drawers, painted in Dulux ‘Natural White’, to achieve the handle-less look, and this style has the added advantage of being less prone to fingerprint smudges than push-to-open drawers.