BLOCK MAGIC

Australian House & Garden - - Insider -

The un­veil­ing of the kitchens on the lat­est se­ries of Nine Net­work’s The Block re­vealed some key style di­rec­tions. Here are our take­aways from the de­signs, over­seen by Free­dom Kitchens:

Space mis­sion In Sarah and Ja­son’s kitchen, the key de­sign fea­ture is the con­trast­ing is­land bench­top in Cae­sar­stone’s Rugged Con­crete (above left). The seam­less in­te­gra­tion of a raised shelf along the rear bench­top, in Cae­sar­stone Stat­u­ario Max­imus, pro­vides ad­di­tional put-down space and frees up the bench/cook­top area.

Time­less black and white A con­trast­ing pal­ette of light and dark cre­ates a so­phis­ti­cated look and feel in Han­nah and Clint’s kitchen (above, top right). Free­dom’s ‘Char­coal Riven’ cab­i­netry and Cae­sar­stone’s mar­ble-look Cala­catta Nuvo bench­tops un­der­pin the el­e­gant, un­der­stated aes­thetic, while a strip of over­head cup­boards in Free­dom’s ‘Pewter’ is an un­ex­pected high­light.

High note Warm de­tails such as this tim­ber cut­lery drawer (above, cen­tre) in Josh and El­yse’s all-white kitchen pro­vide bal­ance in the de­sign, which re­lies on Free­dom’s ‘Sierra Cin­der’ and ‘White’ cab­i­netry. The re­sult is a clas­sic-con­tem­po­rary aes­thetic.

Per­mis­sion to vent Ron­nie and Ge­or­gia savvily po­si­tioned a Neff in­duc­tion cook­top on their is­land bench to main­tain views to the out­doors and liv­ing/din­ing zones (above, bot­tom right). This also pro­motes eas­ier in­ter­ac­tion while cook­ing or en­ter­tain­ing.

Go with the flow Josh and El­yse’s is­land bench (right) is piv­otal to good spa­tial flow and easy ac­cess to the but­ler’s pantry. The ori­en­ta­tion max­imises floor space and pro­vides vis­ual con­nec­tion to the liv­ing/din­ing zones and out­door space. Wrapped in Cae­sar­stone Noble Grey, the is­land of­fers a large sep­a­rate work sur­face with gen­er­ous pro­por­tions.

Ma­te­rial mat­ters Con­crete, mir­ror, mar­ble and tim­ber each de­fine a zone in Sticks and Wombat’s kitchen (be­low).

Full-length join­ery in Free­dom’s ‘Valetta’ tex­tured con­crete con­ceals a Bosch fridge and freezer. Mir­rored kick­boards cre­ate a ‘float­ing’ ef­fect. free­domk­itchens.com.au #

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