Frankenprey HouseContemporary Kitchen, Sydney
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6. Dream: Solid timberSolid timber surfaces allow you to take full advantage of the natural beauty of a once living product. If you’re choosing a timber, be it veneer or solid, ask if the source of the timber is FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified, which ensures that it comes from a responsibly managed forest, and protects our natural environment. It’s important to remember that the product will need to be finished to protect the natural material. There are a few types of finish products, like timber oils and polyurethane sealers, which vary in gloss level. I always tread with caution when using polyurethane. While it is more durable than oil, it can be really easy to apply, so much that it can turn a beautiful natural material into a shiny blob. If you’re going down the poly path, ask for the finish to be minimal, so you can still see the grain underneath the sealer. PROS: If you do manage to scratch the surface, the top can be sanded and refinished to look as new! This is difficult to do in small pieces, and generally better done as an entire surface. CONS: As timber seasons, the moisture content diminishes. Because of this, sometimes timber can warp and bend once made because the product is still seasoning and reacting to changes in its moisture content. WHO DOES IT WORK FOR?Timber is always a good, safe choice, great for country kitchens and family kitchens.10 kitchen islands for families
Contemporary designers such as Tom Dixon have also echoed a sense of Modernist design in their lighting ranges. Tom Dixon’s Beat lights, with their curved metal pendants, show a sense of craftsmanship and design austerity, much like what was celebrated by Modern designers of the time.Tom Dixon’s lighting is classed as contemporary design, although it was inspired by the Modern design movement, because it was created in the last decade.
19. Flowing space (Castlecrag, Sydney, NSW)In this Sydney cellular brick bungalow, the kitchen functions as a pivotal area connecting indoor and outdoor areas in terms of style and function. An exposed feature wall, dramatic lighting, a mixture of textures and sleek, clean cabinetry lines create a down-to-earth appeal that’s ideal for sustainable living.