Darren Palmer Talks The Block's Best Kitchen
The level of creativity displayed in the kitchens on this season of The Block from Freedom Kitchens has blown me away. Then, just when I thought I'd seen it all, the incredible kitchen from the -Challenge Apartment' was revealed. To me, it was worthy of a 10 – and my fellow judges agreed – scoring it a perfect 40/40!
This showstopper embodies an emerging trend from this year's EuroCucina – New Heritage – where contemporary design celebrates heritage style, while incorporating touches of modern luxury.
There are so many standout features in this space, but the one that strikes you first is the stunning backlit Caesarstone Concetto White Quartz island bench. It's suspended above the mirror kick – showcasing a monolith of backlit glowing quartz.
The real beauty of this style of kitchen is the fusion between old and new. This approach is respectful to the heritage of The Block building, with features like the shaker style doors and the rustic library ladder – giving the space the feeling of old-world charm. However, the functional elements are strictly 21st century.
Embracing the new, the futuristic aspects of the kitchen create the perfect space for the modern cook. Top-of-the-range Bosch appliances, impressive features and everyday practicalities – like double ovens – give the kitchen an extra sense of functionality, while remaining high-end.
And when it comes to hosting, the generous Caesarstone benchtops, Bluetooth sound system, modern black palette and generous storage in both the kitchen and butler's pantry make it the perfect match for the modern-day entertainer.
Standout design features:
The matt black cabinetry makes a real statement and is right on trend
The shaker -Sierra' profiles on the cabinetry add a heritage feel, while still being sleek and stylish
The use of mirror kickboards on the backlit Caesarstone Concetto White Quartz island bench creates the illusion of a floating, glowing box
Clever use of accessories – from the Bluetooth sound system to the walnut knife holder and spice racks – take the space to the next level for the modern entertainer
The storage space in this design is never-ending – from drawers and doors in the main kitchen to the open shelving of the butler's pantry
Cabinetry: Sierra Black Matt & Super Matt Black
Benchtops: Caesarstone Concetto White Quartz, London Grey & Vanilla Noir; and Noir Matt Nano Streamline
Lighting: LED Strip Lighting
Accessories: Bluetooth Sound System, Square double bowl undermount sink, Walnut Knife Holder, Walnut Spice Rack, Sink Drainer, Square Chopping Board & Steel Cutlery Trays.