The design brief for Art Chef was to provide interior design solutions for a kitchen with butler’s pantry that frames the panoramic landscape for wonderful clients – an art curator, and cattle farmer/timber artisan – who have a love of architectural and sculptural form and function :
Strive for a seamless integration of materiality that reflects the owners’ love of the natural environment, art and sculpture; Do not contradict or overpower the panoramic views of the Greater Blue Mountains in the beautiful Kanimbla Valley; The kitchen is to ideally act as an art gallery to view the ever-changing landscape and to be an organic but dark-toned palette; Ideally use timber sourced on the property. Solve the circulation problem of limited access into the butler’s pantry and provide a visual feature from the front entrance. Provide concept, 3D drawings, plans and elevations, materials, finishes, lighting and product selections; Kitchen and butler’s pantry are to be constructed on site and project managed by owner.
Through hand sketches, site visits and 3D modelling the asymmetrical sculptural island bench provided the perfect art chef solution!
Art Chef - Design Concept
A kitchen designed to frame the panoramic landscape for wonderful clients – an art curator and cattle farmer/timber artisan – that embraced form and function with bravery gave us free range on concept and creation – enabling a seamless integration of materiality that reflects the owners love of the natural environment, art and sculpture.
Surrounded by panoramic views of the Greater Blue Mountains in the beautiful Kanimbla Valley, the kitchen acts as a gallery to view the ever-changing landscape. An organic colour palette was drawn from natural stone and timber found on the property. Textural surface variation is playfully discovered as natural light dances over the graphite drawer fronts, sculptural benchtop and appliances and fittings.
Commercial grade materials such as Navlam natural timber veneer and Dekton Laos were used to provide durability and functionality whilst seamlessly integrating with the site and the materiality of the rammed earth architecture by six b design.
The asymmetrical island bench created essential circulation into the butler’s pantry and provides a plinth like sculptural feature as a major focal point upon entering the home, concealing the essential wine fridge and a plethora of multifunctional storage!
Kitchen design by St James Whitting – Kate St James & Catherine Whitting
Joinery construction by Zarrella Kitchens
Paint: St James Whitting coloured by Resene
Original Artworks: Gang Gang Gallery
Photography Marian Riabic
Sharon Howard - Curator Gang Gang Gallery Lithgow
We really appreciated the opportunity and love living in the new house with our beautiful art chef signature kitchen and butlers pantry.