In the constant search for new trends and products I come across a lot of average and a lot of predictable cookie cutter design. 9 times out of 10 projects that make me eagerly lean forward and peer at my screen are from Australian designers. Our life styles and climates are so similar that the design signature transfers easily to New Zealand.
The Australian Interior Design awards short list has been published and not surprisingly features many of my favorites, Templeton Architecture, MIM Design, Robson Rak Architects to name a few.
A new discovery for me is Heartly Their entry Fairfield House is so simple yet packed with detail …. which is my definition of good design.
Hours of planning, detailing and a team of skilled craftsmen is required to deliver simple refined design. Often when you are standing in the space you don’t initially see it but you certainly feel something different.
It’s almost about what is missing …. in these images it is the absence of skirting and architraves (negative detailing), square stopped ceilings, full height window joinery, asymmetric rangehood verses lighting feature in a clean functional kitchen.
Take a browse through Heartly portfolio and each time you will see whats missing
Images by Jack Lovel
I’m a long time fan of the work of Sydney Design Studio Arent & Pyke, I love their clean aesthetic, eye for detail and their use of colour.
Barcom Terrace project is a sympathetic modernization of an 1800’s boarding house all of the images are gorgeous but the 3 that catch my eye are below…
The unexpected use of concrete to create bench seating that then cleverly flows into the fire hearth grounds the room, the squab and cushion combination on the bench seat is again thoughtful. Default decision (as discussed on my previous blog) would be to have the squab full length with a multitude of cushions … I love the thoughtful detail of the short squab and the combination of cushion shapes the over-sized wall mounted lamp adds an intimacy to the space.
The kitchen sits majestically at the other end of this open-plan space, the steel framed joinery housing the Scullery not only visually separates the space but entices you into a space that is traditionally hidden
The industrial mix of the concrete plinth and black fittings with elegant wispy white fabric and marble ……
Superbly Photographed by Tom Ferguson
English based deVOL Design Studio and Kitchen Showroom is housed in a 16th century Water Mill – craftsmen that hang out in a beautifully restored building that’s over 400 years old are bound to produce incredible things – these guys sure do, deVOL bespoke cabinetry is stunning!
Cotes Mill is 4 floors of oohing and aahhhing from antiques in the cellar to an entire floor showcasing each of their signature designs; the Air Kitchen a modern take on Retro, Shaker Kitchens a testament to hand crafted tradition and Classic Kitchens.
I’m a long time fan of stylish country kitchens I love the timeless character and tiny detail they offer. White is a typical (predictable) choice for this style of kitchen how inspiring to see the deVOL signature depth of cabinet colour I love the effect of repeating the colour on the walls as well. Stormy Charcoal Grey combined with Brass fittings, elegant stone and fine detailing is perfectly balanced.
This home is an elegant combination of delicate antiques and raw industrial elements linked by the most amazing window and glass ceiling
These striking Interiors are the work of Interior Designer Katty Schiebeck of Barcelona.
I love the simplicity of these spaces. Great Design will always appear effortlessly simple when in fact the spaces are loaded with sophisticated detail.
This is a kitchen of two halves – on one hand you have slick modern cabinetry while within the same space the Island features traditional paneling and plinth detailing. The simplistic material and colour pallet adds a timeless strength to the space.
The unexpected combination is striking.
Schiebeck’s simplistic minimalism is evident in the Bathroom as well. The clever repetition of shapes is subtle – rectangular vanity boxes and cube lighting, the shower space almost goes unnoticed but for the simple glass screen.
In a word ……..elegant.
Ohhh this is way to good not to share and well I did warn you that I would have to feature more work by the AMAZING Minosa Design Studio, so here it is……….
Admiring these images it’s hard to believe the background story, incredibly this 1920’s Heritage Listed home in Sydney’s Crows Nest stood abandoned for 10 years, unfortunately more than enough time to be virtually destroyed by squatters still the clients managed to see past the wreckage and believe they had found their forever home.
Client brief for the kitchen was for ‘something different – not run of the mill, must include a 4 meter Island bench and access to the Laundry. Function was paramount but with an uncompromising sleek aesthetic.
There are sooo many things that get me excited here – ah I just love to see good design! OK first up the super fine bench top profile that simply folds into the waterfall ends of the Island, combination of White, Charcoal and Grey beautifully softened by the Walnut veneer. Integrated handles, ambient lighting………….
Love, love, love the simplistic method of incorporating the dining table and the adjacent window seat area – a very clever use of space keeping family and guests out from under the chefs feet but still part of the action. The walls are clad in giant 3 meter x 1 meter tile adding a soft patina to the room.
As requested access to the Laundry has been included, the entrance is cleverly concealed with Walnut veneer cabinetry, the Walnut is extend to incorporate the fridge, pantry and wall ovens – the depth and glow the Walnut exudes is magnificent.
What’s not to like?
White seems to have become the default “go to” Kitchen colour over the last couple of years – it’s clean and timeless, what’s not to like right? Well tentatively step out of your comfort zone because trust me I have found a visual feast that might just change your mind, these kitchens by Jamie Blakes of Blakes London are inspirational.
Cleverly placed bursts of colour are repeated on all of the Blakes London projects, although each time the colour of choice is bold it always sits harmoniously within the room.
The Victorian Terrace Project boasts a Stunning combination of Deep Rich Royal Purple and Brass – delicious!
The hero piece of the South West London project is the elegantly rich herringbone timber flooring, the Navy Blue island cabinetry combined with Mitsy Grey is Contemporary Classic along with the simple choice of extending the subway tiles to the ceiling and encompassing the fire place rangehood.
In each situation colour has added an inviting warmth and depth to the spaces….are you brave enough?
As we gallop towards the festive season time spent dreaming of the perfect kitchen seems to increase, all the little niggles that you’ve had over the year seem to amplify, the drawer runners are sticker, the cupboards don’t cope with the mountain of food you brought back from the supermarket and the rubbish seems to multiply as soon as you turn your back!
So while you dice, season and stir hold those thoughts and make a list of all the things that don’t function in your kitchen then make a wish list, start a scrap-book of styles you like, remember the new kitchen needs to sit well within the architecture of your home, when its finished it should look like it belongs.
How the kitchen looks is important but beyond that is how functions, it must be a practical space with careful planning storage can be optimised even within the smallest of spaces. The clever folk at Blum have a fantastic range of products that do just that, hardware that transforms the space under your sink
SPACE TOWER larder units, customised to any width and configuration make easy access pantry storage. ORGA-LINE cutlery and utensil divisions provide a place for everything. Soft-close BLUMOTION allows drawers and doors to close softly and effortlessly.
Blum have two inspiring showrooms, locations here, that are well worth a visit. It’s a opportunity for a try before you buy experience of their practical DYNAMIC SPACE systems. Believe me there is no going back once you have seen whats on offer.