Form meets function
Designer, Pieta Fletcher, of Palazzo Kitchens & Appliances, sets the scene for an industrial-style kitchen that delivers both style and substance.
HOW DID YOU TRANSLATE THE CLIENT’S VISION INTO THE FINAL OUTCOME? As an architectural designer who designed her own home, Jenni had very clear ideas about what she wanted: an original, modern kitchen with clean lines and industrial overtones. Jenni was particularly drawn to our concrete reproduction melamine, so we experimented with different colours and textures to create this striking, architectural look.
HOW DID YOU EFFECTIVELY MARRY FORM WITH FUNCTION? It was important that the kitchen design allowed for that all-important connection between the cook and guests; so we created an area where people could stand or sit, that avoided the overhang usually seen on kitchen islands. Because space was limited, I had to consider how to maximise functionality, without encroaching on the surrounding areas, all while adhering to the particular style Jenni wanted to achieve.
WHAT MAKES THIS KITCHEN DISTINCTIVE? The unique design of the island is a stunning focal point – with the angling of the backboard, juxtaposed with the semi-floating feature bar which intersects with it. Also, the positioning of the island draws the eye out over the dining area towards the panoramic hilltop views beyond.
WHAT MATERIALS WERE CHOSEN & WHY? The kitchen island is made using an acrylic Corian, in Raincloud, which we colour-matched with the melamine cabinetry in Concrete Repro. The warmth of the timber provides the perfect foil to the raw industrial concrete and crisp white benchtops, and these textures work well in tandem without appearing too busy.
HOW DID YOU OVERCOME ANY CHALLENGES THAT AROSE? The greatest challenge was the available space we had to work with once the walls were up. As they had changed from the original plan, we were tasked with reconfiguring the units along the back wall in order to accommodate a different sized fridge, all without compromising on functionality.
A Q&A with homeowner, Jenni Snowdon
What was your design brief? I was after something relaxed with a sense of fluidity and a subtle industrial vibe. It also had to accommodate small gatherings, where people can engage in conversation with the cook, yet not get in their way. And, not being the tidiest of cooks, I needed something that could hide away a little mess.
What is your favourite aspect? I love the way the kitchen connects with the living space, and how the walk-in pantry has been integrated into the space – easily accessible, yet conveniently hiding any mess behind the sliding door. I also love the angled carcass that sits under the kitchen island; a subtle feature, which softens any harsh lines and leads the eye towards the expansive views over the city.
Why did you engage Palazzo Kitchens & Appliances? I loved their showroom, which offers up a myriad of possibilities that helped inspire the choices I made for my own kitchen. Palazzo also offered some interesting colours that I hadn’t seen elsewhere. In the end I chose this particular colour palette, which Pieta had seen in Germany (where all Palazzo kitchens are manufactured), for its industrial flavour.
Describe your experience working with Palazzo’s design team. Pieta took a genuine interest in my needs and really listened to what I was after. We both enjoyed the creative process, bouncing different ideas off each other to find the best solution, which we were thrilled with.
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