Smith & Smith Kitchens
Cool, contemporary and abounding in character, this kitchen was designed by Beth Paron for Smith & Smith Kitchens. Taking its inspiration from the dramatic shape and frame of the arched window, the design features shaker-style cabinets for a chic industrial aesthetic.
The brief given to Smith & Smith Kitchens was for a Hamptons-style design with a sense of originality and ﬂair, which is present in the striking black and white colour palette, silver accents, and the sharp lines of the island bench. Standing proudly at 1200mm deep and 2600mm long, the island bench immediately draws the eye. The expanse of neolith stone in ‘Estatuario’ by CDK Stone instantly provides the ‘wow’ factor the clients sought, with plentiful space to congregate and serve dishes. The kitchen’s clean, uncluttered look was expertly achieved by positioning the sink and appliances on the far wall.
The butler’s pantry enhances what is already a design with functionality in mind. While compact, the space provides ample room for food preparation, and for dirty dishes to be whisked away for seamless entertaining. The ends of the island bench were designed to echo the butler’s pantry door, which is reminiscent of doors within a stable.
With designated zones, the kitchen is supremely versatile and practical. The sink and high-performance Miele appliances are placed along the far wall, and the grand window ensures this area of the kitchen is anything but purely functional. The butler’s pantry is ideal for messy preparation and clean-up with its own sink, and ample room for small appliances to be stored on the benches for easy access.
Plenty of storage was paramount for the clients, and Smith & Smith Kitchens responded with a design that is filled with cleverly concealed storage solutions. Subtle overhead cabinetry against the far wall beautifully frames the window and the splashbacks. Less obvious, but infinitely practical, the 1200mm depth of the island bench offers more storage behind doors that look like panelling. Absolutely no space was wasted in the design, the space under the stairs being utilised to create a cupboard to house stereo equipment.
For a definitively modern aesthetic, the cabinetry was painted in Dulux ‘Casper White’, which contrasts beautifully with the matte black finishes found throughout the kitchen. The shaker ﬂuted-knob cabinetry handles by Castella; the legs of the stools; the treads and rails of the stairs; and the frames of the window all serve to further enhance the contrast. Positioned above the island bench, three silver pendant lights introduce a new hue to the space, drawing the eye to the centre of the kitchen. Showcasing soft, silvery weathered Oregon, the ﬂooring creates a compelling result.
Meticulous care was given to creating the clean lines of the design. The stone splashback reaches the height of the overhead cabinets, creating visual continuity, while the sleek lines continue through to the butler’s pantry. The same high-quality finishes used in the main kitchen were used in the butler’s pantry, ensuring it doesn’t have to be hidden away behind a closed door if so desired.