Smith & Smith Cabinets
This beautiful and playful contemporary kitchen designed by Laly Renehan was constructed by Smith & Smith Kitchens. The composition, balance and subdued colour palette combine to deliver a functional and personalised space. The kitchen was built to accommodate the clients’ five young children, with functionality of the space taking top priority. For this reason, the design was split into zones to allow for maximum efficiency – including a food preparation area, a wet area, a cooking space and food storage.
A white splashback with glossy subway tiles delivers a refined industrial appeal. The black line across the top of the tiling aligns perfectly with surrounding elements to outline the cooking and food preparation zones, as well as amplify the height of the ceiling. The kitchen features a beautiful mix of country and industrial design elements. The lofty ceilings of the Edwardian weatherboard cottage give an air of grandeur to the humble country styling.
The clients were involved throughout the design process and added their own creative personality to the kitchen. The inclusion of the blackboard against the stairs provides a useful and fun addition for their children. The whimsically large cutlery art on the wall opposite shows the clients’ unique artistic flair, as does the reclaimed factory sign, oversized clock, and stools, which are cohesive with the industrial aesthetic of the kitchen.
To create a space where a family could congregate, Smith & Smith Kitchens included a 3m island bench. The island was centrally positioned to create a sense of arrival in the space. It was placed on the existing wide-oak flooring, which is complemented by the stools. Painted in Dulux black, the island bench blends seamlessly with the rest of the kitchen. The Caesarstone ‘Clamshell’ benchtop contrasts strikingly with the dark base of the island.
Smith & Smith Kitchens included exposed-filament Edison light bulbs in the design, which hang over the island bench. All of the finishes were kept matte to be consistent with the industrial tone. The shaker-profile two-pack cabinetry features Dulux ‘Lexicon’ paint in a matte finish, which blends beautifully with the blackboard.
The drawers are all fitted with soft-close mechanisms, while the cabinetry doors along the back of the island bench feature press latches to ensure the safety of the young children. The corner cabinet has a Häfele revolving carousel for easy access. The microwave is strategically concealed within the island bench to ensure the stove remains the centrepiece of the kitchen. The cabinetry also hides the hands-free, electronic-opening Häfele bins, which are placed at bench-level for optimum sanitation.
The kitchen is 3.2m x 5.5m, with the ceiling measuring 3.3m. Smith & Smith Kitchens experienced some difficulty removing the existing built-in pantry and replacing the cornices with a gutter-style Victorian cornice due to the tall ceilings. The team used careful planning and on-site problem solving to ensure all obstacles were overcome with efficiency.
No overhead cabinetry was included in the design to ensure the kitchen felt spacious. The drawers within the stairs feature brushed nicked handles, which add a touch of sophistication. The butler’s sink is centred under a large window that allows abundant natural light to enter the space. The elements of stainless steel are mimicked in the Samsung double-door fridge and the Miele dishwasher.
Smith & Smith Kitchens’ next kitchen design focuses on balance and functionality. The design had to be classical yet contemporary, as the kitchen is visible to a formal dining room, informal meals area, and a family room. Attention to detail was paramount for this project. Smith & Smith Kitchens created a custom-made door to suit the clients’ tastes and cabinetry that would balance the impressive appliances was an important consideration. Smith & Smith Kitchens customised the door profile for the design using a flat door with a small bevel on the rails. The cabinetry features two-pack gloss polyurethane in ‘Antique White USA’.
During the renovation, the pantry and laundry were reconfigured to be within easy reach of the kitchen, ensuring the room is both visually superb and highly practical. The same high-class cabinetry finishes flow between the kitchen, butler’s pantry, and laundry.
Internal pull-outs behind the large base drawers help to achieve functionality, while still maintaining the classical look of the space. Overhead cabinets have been designed to appear as two rows of cabinets, yet they are a single tall cabinet, which is easier to open and provides more room.
The focal points of this kitchen are the imposing chimney mantle and the elegant island bench. The 2.8m-high cabinets accentuate the chimney’s powerful, substantial presence, while the 60mm island bench is hand-edged from variegated beige marble. The cabinetry pays homage to those that can be found in the chateaus of France’s Loire Valley. Enhanced by the kitchen’s soft beige walls and marble floors, the cabinetry is complemented with fluted columns, fluted moulding, and decorative kickboards.
The pictured kitchen was built as part of a luxurious new home. The challenge was to transform the homeowners’ ideas into a functional, contemporary, integrated space. Tall, built-in cupboards along the internal wall hide the integrated fridge and freezer, while the cooktop and Qasair feature rangehood are on full display on the island bench. As the kitchen is part of the open-plan family living space, a visual division in the kitchen zone was created with a second island bench.
As well as the fridge and freezer, other top-of-the-range appliances have been integrated into the joinery, including two dishwashers, a 900mm under-bench oven, and a wall oven/microwave combination. All doors are soft-close, while the drawers have a full-extension soft-close system.
The crisp, clean lines and simple colour palette of the white, high-gloss two-pack polyurethane contrast with the textured finish of the dark timber-look laminate. Italian Calacatta marble has been used extensively to wrap the two island benches with waterfall ends. The kitchen also features a smoke mirror splashback behind the undermount sink.
Smith & Smith Kitchens has maximised storage space by including multiple generous-sized drawers with organisational products such as cutlery and utensil inserts, a spice insert, inner pantry drawers, and a large concealed twin bin below the sink. A walk-in scullery incorporates additional bench space for smaller appliances, as well as overhead open shelves, under-bench drawers, an under-bench fridge, and a separate sink fitted with a Billi instant boiled and chilled water tap system.
Smith & Smith Kitchens is a company that takes pride in its ability to provide homeowners with beautiful cabinetry for all rooms of the home. From kitchens and bathrooms to studies and libraries, there is no limit to the talented team’s abilities. Established more than 30 years ago, the Smith & Smith Kitchens team is comprised of designers, interior designers, and architects. Servicing the Melbourne metropolitan area, Smith & Smith Kitchens has proved itself as an industry leader time and time again. With the capacity to create exceptional spaces in any style, there is very little the talented team can’t achieve.