Belgians are renowned for their minimal, clean-cut designs, particularly in the kitchen. Antwerp-based studio AM Designs have crafted a compact kitchen using raw materials, pure forms and discreet storage solutions. Aside from the visible stovetop, all appliances have been cleverly integrated into a neat joinery system on the left side.
Collingwood Apartment by Rob Kennon Architects
In Collingwood, Melbourne, Rob Kennon Architects have skillfully converted a three-storey warehouse into a modern apartment built for entertaining. The apartment’s kitchen has been cleverly tucked under the stairwell, closed in by a curved brass wall. A window nook has then been added to extend the space out towards the street – combining two clever manipulations of space.
MJ Residence by Seear-Budd Ross
New Zealand practice Seear-Budd Ross have addressed this Wellington kitchen like a piece in a puzzle. The travertine benchtop and walnut joinery intuitively wrap around the bordering garden, forming a natural connection to the outdoors. Everything about the compact yet open space feels instinctual, from the 90-degree angles of the benchtop to the material palette to the drawers and cupboards.
You would expect a large, open kitchen in a beach house just north of Sydney that sleeps up to 16 guests. Brad Swartz Architects, however, have taken the unconventional route and opted for a modest kitchen designed to be a discreet ‘backdrop’ to the living area. This way, the living area is uninterrupted, increasing the sense of space.