The positioning of key zones from food prep areas to butler’s pantries all play a foundational role in establishing functionality. “Good space planning with the end-user front of mind helps balance form with function,” Alice says. “I like to start with listing everything the client wants and how much storage they need, then I plan out the kitchen according to these specifications.” The designer often focuses on the placement of ovens, fridges, sinks and dishwashers as they are the most-used elements. “I always start with function then I move to create a look and feel around it,” she says.
The client’s brief behind Alice’s most recent project, a Toorak Home redesign, was to create a kitchen where they could cook incredible meals whilst entertaining friends. Alice’s clients love to indulge in cooking and entertaining and so an area where they could host pre-dinner cocktails without it interfering with their cooking zone or feeling “too much like a kitchen” was essential to informing this highly personalised space.