design et al are delighted to announce that Sheree Stuart Design have been shortlisted for Kitchen Over £50,000 Award within The International Design and Architecture Awards 2018.
This sleek penthouse kitchen makes the most of a small space with a design that is big on luxury. The modern design fits beautifully with the architecture of the penthouse and the fantastic panoramic views of downtown Toronto. The kitchen blends wood, glass, concrete and steel in a seamless and highly functional design that also includes five integrated Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances. The focal point of the space is a modern island with a waterfall edge and under island lighting to highlight the wood millwork. This kitchen showcases a great collaboration between a client, designer and the trades. The best part of this project was said to be collaborating with the client who has a keen eye for design. The owners live in Toronto part-time (summers only). They wanted their kitchen to look and feel different from their more traditional kitchen in their Florida bungalow home. They also enjoy cooking and entertaining friends, so a high-end kitchen with luxury appliances was extremely important.
This design was truly a collaborative effort and although there were challenges, magic did happen. New possibilities emerged and took shape. Although this kitchen is small it is big on design. Sheree Stuart Design have utilised all the space available with high-end cabinetry and clever design details, such as high-tech interior cabinet systems. The luxury Sub-Zero & Wolf appliances, including wine fridge, enable the owners to entertain and enjoy their cooking experiences. This kitchen also benefits from an incredible amount of natural light. It was important to everyone that the lighting be equally amazing. This kitchen has up lighting above the cabinets to showcase the concrete sloped ceiling, lighting under the cabinets and lighting under the island to show-off the millwork.
The unique and modern design of this kitchen fits beautifully into the wider environment. The penthouse has 360 views of downtown Toronto, featuring breathtaking views of the CN Tower and lake. The kitchen is open concept and connected to the living and dining room which are modern with influences of Japanese design. The designers worked with their millwork teams to complete the cabinetry and a metal fabricator for the custom range vent (and large-scale metal fireplace in the living room which is not shown). Any renovation is not without its challenges. The main challenges for this renovation were largely due to the fact that walls were unmovable (most are concrete and load bearing). As such, there were great limitations on the kitchen layout. Sheree Stuart and her team solved this by making the main wall cabinets deeper and taller to accommodate more storage. They also added a pantry system on the north wall and increased the size of the island. High-tech interior cabinet systems were installed for the pantry, garbage/recycling, tray storage, and spices.