Monochromatic, matte and minimalist. Guy & Jules Sebastian’s new urban contemporary kitchen is grand in scale, and built to impress with its architectural appeal and high end finish.
As one of the most important rooms in the house, the vision for the Sebastian kitchen was to create a sleek, open-plan centrepiece, in keeping with the ultra-contemporary style of the entire house. A key feature of their build is the atrium, which floods the kitchen and living area with natural daylight, and the design of the kitchen needed to draw upon the benefits of this to full effect.
The brief to Freedom Kitchens was to bring this aesthetic vision to life, whilst ensuring the kitchen has the most functional and efficient layout for a busy lifestyle. Guy and Jules also wanted to create a true ‘entertainer kitchen’ with the capability to host lots of family and friends, and include a butler’s pantry to hide away mess.
For their appliances, Guy and Jules had a few extra pieces to fit in. They clearly take their food and wine seriously, as a full-size wine fridge and dedicated dry-aged meat fridge was on the list. Other major appliances they had chosen included a large French door fridge by SubZero, plus two ovens and a cooktop range by Gaggenau, supplied by Winning Appliances.
Plenty of storage, especially drawers, was important, whilst keeping the look of the joinery sleek. Guy and Jules were also set on dark and contemporary cabinetry, to complement the other urban industrial type materials planned for the space, such as concrete floors and walls.
The Design Solution
The starting point for Freedom Kitchens was to nail the kitchen layout, ensuring that the design could incorporate everything that Guy and Jules envisioned.
To this end, the Freedom Kitchens designer modified the plan for the space into a more open, L-shaped layout. The generous 3.8m x 1.5m deep butler’s pantry was positioned parallel to the kitchen, and given two access points, to create the ideal sense of flow and connectedness.
The sleek joinery showcases cabinets from Freedom Kitchen’s Designer range, in the colour Black Ultramatt. Its silky smooth pure matte finish has anti-fingerprint properties – a handy feature for keeping their cabinetry looking clean, with their young boys. The cleverly hidden, integrated Peak handles also work to keep the look sleek, streamlined and clean from finger marks.
The cabinetry was meticulously measured to accommodate their fridge with a completely flush finish, along with the side by side ovens.
Their wine fridge and dry-aged meat fridges were given prominent positions in view from the dining space, to showcase them as talking points when entertaining.
The stunning centrepiece of the kitchen is the statement island bench, which has been designed to be as long as possible within the space.
Measuring in at a huge 5.6m long, it features a U-shaped overhang to allow seating not only on the long side, but also around both ends, seating up to 12 people – the ultimate entertainer island!
A large island bench also presents opportunity for further storage, so lots of soft-close drawers and compartment trays have been incorporated underneath. Despite the abundance of drawers, the Freedom Kitchens designer has cleverly kept the sleek look of 2 drawers where there is really 3, by putting hidden Internal Drawers into the top ones.
These are essentially a ‘drawer within a drawer’ so externally it looks like one, but internally it features a cutlery drawer on top of the bigger bottom drawer for plates.