Entertainer’s Delight

Entertainer’s Delight

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David Bartlett
David Bartlett

David’s 2014 KBDi NSW award winning design is a tell tale of perfect balance between stunning backdrop and pared-back minimalist kitchen. The artistry of a minimalist design is in its sleekness, its simplicity and its clean unblemished lines which designer has maintained throughout the design which both aesthetically pleasing and an incredibly functional.

Chalabian’s Northbridge kitchen is the latest award-winning kitchen design by Art Of Kitchen one of best kitchen designers in Sydney. The client requirement was simple- a design that is accessible a family-friendly room with a view and seating for at least five people. In the primitive design the site presented copious challenges which required immediate action like maintaining the view as a feature, minimising the imposition of the staircase, working around the existing angled walls and to complement the stained American Oak flooring.

The designer immediately recognised the potential to create an amazing space that would be both aesthetically pleasing and an incredibly functional family kitchen. The design is seamless that achieves the perfect balance between the backdrop of stunning views and the pared-back minimalism of the kitchen.

An island bench was introduced to create an accessible working space and to open the room towards the backyard and front balcony. The New Age Veneer, ‘Grenada’ was used on the island cabinetry to add contrast to the custom-fabricated stainless steel bench and integrated sink. The moulded bench and integFact_AOKrated sink was designed particularly for food preparation and clean-up. Calcutta Marble-topped dining table was installed at the end of the island that gives the family a beautiful space in the heart of the home to share their meals, or relax after a hard day at work and enjoy the spectacular views.

Modular cabinets are not pre-built but designed by the team which is one of the major competence of the Art of Kitchens. Every design is original and the joinery bespoke. This approach offers a great deal of freedom to the client, and it is also a positive in difficult spaces like the angled walls in this kitchen. The floor to ceiling cabinets behind the island were built around the angled walls and covered in a lighter-toned New Age Veneer ‘Santorini’. Minimalistic kitchen is all about excess storage tucking all appliances behind sleek closets. In this Northbridge kitchen the designer used bench-height draws and storage cabinets to tuck behind the appliances while providing smooth exterior to the cabinets that exudes cool, balanced sophistication. The heady mix of contrasting veneer tones, stainless steel and marble are incorporated to add textural interest and reduce the risk of any one element becoming a dominant feature.

To transport the substantial natural light into the kitchen the floor length glass door is installed also the designer concentrated on creating an innovative and exciting lighting feature that also performs the functional work. It is a bold design that once again manages to beautifully balance some of the more austere elements of the kitchen. The light plane is custom-made of moulded stainless steel with inbuilt LED down lights and is suspended from stainless wires from the ceiling. The light panel also holds cylindrical integrated Qasair Range-hood above the Siemens cook-top which despite the industrial muscularity gives the impression of a floating hood above the island.

About the Architect

David Bartlett is the founder and director of Art of Kitchens a leading Sydney kitchen designer firm. He is a qualified carpenter and licensed builder. As both designers and master builder and has earned the reputation for creating some of Sydney’s finest kitchens. David originally honed his craft working for leading Sydney home builders and architects on projects of every scale and type. Today he is a proud leader of the highly skilled and cohesive team he has built, attributing this to an approach he believes in of employing apprentices and developing them into qualified trades people.

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