Renovated kitchen responds to Italian country architecture

A couple of decades ago Italian design influenced many of our homes, from the architecture to the interior design. This authentically styled Italian country villa had a kitchen in keeping with tradition, but it lacked functionality and was starting to show its age, says designer Shane George of Kitchens By Design.

The designer was subsequently commissioned to design a new kitchen for the family – a more up-to-date version that would still be sympathetic to the house style. And it needed wow factor.

“My clients regularly entertain large groups, so they needed a kitchen that had an excellent workflow – almost semi-commercial in nature,” George says. “But it also needed to feel intimate and welcoming when it was just the family.”
The clients provided detailed lists of items that needed to be stored and the way the space should be used. “They also gave me an extensive list of appliances to be incorporated in the kitchen,” he says. “And there was the specific challenge of working with solid masonry walls, ceiling and floor – none of which could be used to channel the services.”

To meet this expansive brief George created a large U-shaped kitchen with a central island. “This is a very hardworking kitchen, capable of accommodating a number of cooks at one time, with efficient flow in all the work centres,” he says. “It can also cater for large groups with ease, while still being a lovely family kitchen.”

The designer specified a rich and varied mix of materials and fittings to give the kitchen a relaxed, cafe feel that works well with the architecture. The perimeter benchtops are Antique White granite, while the island top is Dekton surfacing material in the colour Keranium. The splashback features white bag-bricked patterned tiles, with Laminam behind the hob. Appliances include high-end Miele cooking appliances and Liebherr refrigeration.

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The kitchen was the runner-up in the NKBA Supreme Kitchen Design award announced this weekend.