The focus of this big, bold kitchen is the beautiful island bench. This being a new build, the options were limitless, but the owners wanted a large, period-style design with plenty of storage. The sheer size of the space was a challenge, but alternating shades of white and a butler’s pantry in which to tuck away clutter keep the overall look streamlined and extremely versatile.

Favoured items can be easily displayed in the glass-fronted wall cabinets,  which are a perfect idea for passionate decorators, and the huge space allows for plenty of bench space — a passionate home cook’s dream! A generous retro chimneypiece placed around an upright stove and inlaid with quartzite  provides a touch of the grandiose, but the design is ultimately brought back to the modern era by clever use of sleek modern appliances and accessories.

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