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This 1930’s Art Deco Duplex home over the years became run down and had a very poor layout with the kitchen being delegated to a small corner of the home, and like many of these homes, had a lean-to added on in the 1950’s which looked mismatched. The client was at a complete loss as to how to best utilise the space and she had the added stress of a neighbour who was not willing to agree to any changes outside the homes current exterior dimensions. The design brief was simple, the kitchen needed to incorporate the SMEG FAB fridge and space to entertain.

The old kitchen and laundry space was transformed into a bedroom and the new kitchen was placed where the old bedroom was situated; as this space extended out through the lean-to which was reconfigured to fit within the Art Deco style. This enabled large bi-fold doors to be fitted opening out onto the patio area, allowing interaction with guests in summer or enjoying the garden views in winter. Inspiration was taken from the curves of the fridge and the façade of the home to create a very contemporary Art Deco styled kitchen. By using Corian® in Cameo White, the curved back wall and Island were created and mirrored with the overhead cabinetry. The Island has a series of draws providing ample storage. Visually the Corian® top needed to look Art Deco; this meant a great deal of engineering went into creating the cantilevered end for a seating area to cope with the extra weight.

The cabinetry was finished in a White Gloss lacquer and to continue the Art Deco theme, appropriately styled handles and the Renzo Piano oven by SMEG were added. The existing timber flooring was restored and bought back to life through-out the home. LED lighting around the base of the kitchen and above the cabinetry provide ambient light, but also transforms this space at night taking on another visual experience.

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Design By: Mal Corboy
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