Although Simeoni designs a cross-section of homes, from renovations to new homes, the words ‘non-kitchen’ rarely surface in the initial briefing. “Predominantly, the kitchen is the focal point, as it is here, but generally there’s more bench space for preparation and always an exhaust fan, even if this is concealed. Lower windows in the glazed feature wall flip out with the touch of a switch for additional ventilation,” Robert says, who received numerous awards for this renovation. “Here, we could free up the kitchen and make it feel integral to the dining area. It’s quite sculptural, but still functional,” he adds, who was mindful of the placement of appliances and their ergonomics.
Our kitchen is definitely a kitchen, with great appliances that deliver all the right things. But it’s also a kitchen designed more like a gallery, where utilitarian features, such as the cantilevered bench, become art in itself.
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