Spaces We Love: Inspiring Kitchens from the VISI Archives

Spaces We Love: Inspiring Kitchens from the VISI Archives

COMPILED BY Julia Freemantle PHOTOS Elsa Young/Frank Features; Dook; Greg Cox/Bureaux (Manuel Villanueva, Warren Heath/Bureaux; Armelle Habib (Bagnoli Architects); Anson Smart (Greg Natale); Jody D’Arcy (Neil Cownie); Cathy Schusler (Ian Wrightson); Elsa Young/Frank Features (Michele Throssell);


We’ve given you ideas for your bathroom, so it’s time to spark ideas for your new kitchen, here are our favourites from the homes featured in VISI over the last few years.

Above, Architect Antonio Zaninovic and interior designer Tara Bean returned this 1960s house to its roots, while creating a comfortable, liveable space that celebrated its site.

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Exposed trusses in a rustic double-volume space are the epitome of country charm – a dose of drama with plenty of soul, created by the homeowners. The use of an extra-long kitchen island balances out the enormous space, while tartan fabric and weathered cabinet doors allude to the idea of nostalgia.

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W Design Architecture Studio and Adéle van der Merwe have achieved a seamless flow between inside and out in this gorgeous beach house, and created a sense of expansiveness with a simple, sophisticated execution of natural finishes on a large scale.

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This Pieter Mathews of Mathews + Associates showpiece in this Modern Irene Home demonstrates the power of contrast. Rough-hewn concrete against sleek glass, and simple lines and dark cabinetry illuminated by a statement light installation, all achieve balance and impact in a space that makes an impression and lends itself to special occasions.

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Ingenious use of concrete – a material often seen as sterile and flat – by More Design’s Manuel Villanueva results in different tones and textures. It’s complemented by the warmth of timber and metallic accents (repurposed chestnut ceiling beams and brass taps), with personality added by way of vintage furniture and an artisanal feature light.

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An eclectic mix of freestanding items, from the storage to the stove and all the furniture, means that this kitchen is one of a kind – quite literally. No two pieces are the same, down to the array of mismatched chairs – and the charming collection of salvaged and vintage finds is in keeping with the industrial-style, aged finishes of corrugated iron and rough face brick.

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In this Melbourne Home, this magnificent textural feast by Greg Natale combines intricate woodwork, busy geometric tiles, rich marble and metallic accessories for a look that’s certainly opulent, yet manages to feel grounded, thanks to the balance achieved by the use of natural materials.

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In a Melbourne home, Stefan Bagnoli of Bagnoli Architects used brass on an epic scale to clad an entire kitchen unit. This is countered by the fresh, crisp, ultra-glossy white units opposite it, and the warmth of the polished timber floors.

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The panelling in this welcoming space by architect Neil Cownie is a masterclass in joinery. Sinuous, elegant and organic, it demonstrates how much scope there is to use timber imaginatively. Tan bar stools colour- matched to perfection amplify the golden tones.

A clever detail by interior designer Ian Wrightson that might not immediately be obvious is how he’s extended the black of the cabinets into the ceiling beams, making the room feel bigger and more coherent.

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Michele Throssell is a master of layering natural textures. In this holiday home in Zimbali, she’s referenced the seaside location with pale, driftwood-like timber, subtle mother-of-pearl shades and organic forms inspired by the ocean.

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Light is the star of the show in this clean and contemporary barn-inspired home by GSquared Architects, designed simply but sculpturally using monochrome tones.

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The kitchen is the heart of this contemporary city take on a farmhouse, designed sustainably by owner/architect Friedrich Strey largely using reclaimed materials.

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A merging of two cultures —the owners’ Hlubi and UK roots — and a collaboration between two architecture firms (KSR Architects and TCNO Architects) was the basis for a warm, sociable space designed for the family to gather in this Knysna home.

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This Pretoria home’s steel-and-glass conservatory-like structure illuminates the spare and pared-back kitchen.

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Joe van Rooyen’s reinvention of a stone river cottage incorporates an informal, central gathering space that straddles the line between raw and refined, and features a symbiotic mix of local and international design.

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