Episode 3 takes presenters Lisa Aspeling and Danilo Acquisto to a luxurious holiday home in Plettenberg Bay to see the second of 2 imported kitchen design finalists in the Caesarstone Kitchen of the Year competition. They are received by designer Sam Edmeades and company owner of Inside Living (Garden Route), James Hart, since the homeowners are based in Johannesburg. Sam designed this luxury kitchen with fellow designer, Paul Raymer, who was unavailable for the visit. Look out for some distinctive European kitchen design trends alongside the Pure White Caesarstone surfaces, and for how Inside Living expertly blended the kitchen design into the home’s overall design style! Now that you've got an overview of the gorgeous setting of this finalist kitchen, it's time to drill down into the nitty gritty of the design. DESIGNERS' INTERVIEW, PLANS & IMAGES What was your first impression of this kitchen when you received the contract? When we received the plans and saw what kind of home was being built we were really excited. How prescriptive was your client for their kitchen design? We received a basic colour scheme and a few images of the look the client was after but we had carte blanche with the actual design. How did you manage to implement their ideas with your creative flair and insight? We took their colour and texture palette and started playing around with different and interesting forms. What were the challenges that you faced in designing this kitchen, and how did you overcome them? Because of the open plan scale of the area we weren’t left with much wall space to work with, especially after placing all the integrated appliances next to each other. So we basically had to create a very workable island. Were you intentional in trying to incorporate new trends into your design? I don’t think we intentionally tried to incorporate too many trends at the time but we stuck to the idea of using natural materials, neutral colours and modern linear forms which always work well. One thing that we did want to include was a ‘herb box’ on the island. Could you point out to us some of your design elements in the kitchen? Balance, symmetry and repetition in all areas on elevation, specifically the tall unit back elevation and wine bar, to create a subtle backdrop. The asymmetrical island then creating a real focal point with cantilevering lines and intersecting forms. Different thicknesses in the stone used and a contrast in material use and texture, for example, wood versus stone. Were you surprised to be one of the eight finalists? To be honest we knew this kitchen was something special and really created a wow statement so we sort of knew it would do well in the competition. If you’re renovating or building a new kitchen, make sure you visit www.caesarstone.co.za to pick out your perfect Caesarstone countertops for the kitchen design of your dreams! What were your favourite elements of Sam and Paul's kitchen design? Let us know in the comments below!
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