The black joinery clad in a 12mm black Dekton benchtop delivers a dynamic industrial vibe to complement the light timber and white joinery, which includes an integrated fridge. Perpendicular to the island is the utility space, with both an integrated wine fridge and dishwasher, and large sink within the kitchen area. Past this point into a scullery/laundry is a second sink, washing machine and additional storage.
But there was one item for the kitchen the client was especially interested in: an integrated coffee machine.
‘It was a major draw card for a machine, which is used as frequently as it is, to be easy to use and match the rest of the appliances so nicely,’ Olivia says, adding that below the coffee machine and steam oven are warming drawers, which are used to keep coffee cups and plates warm and ready for use.
Olivia believes the lure of integration is that it complements the open plan layout that is still hugely popular with modern families.
‘The integration of appliances plays a big part in ensuring the kitchen is still useable, but also aesthetically an extension of the living or dining space,’ she says. ‘This is why integrated appliances are more popular now, and there are plenty of great options on the market, depending on your requirements.’
Integration is much more than just hiding away appliances; it has some very real practical benefits too.
‘They’re a great inclusion within kitchen designs for cleanability purposes,’ Olivia explains. ‘The way integrated appliances are used in order to create a consistent stream of cabinetry can ensure there are no awkward gaps between appliances and cabinetry which are hard to get to.’
This article was compiled with contributions by Winning Appliances and GIA Bathrooms and Kitchens.