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A benchtop that won’t stain and will withstand hot dishes is highly practical for cooking up a storm. The owner of this house loves to host family and friends for informal and formal gatherings, so Stukel Architecture selected Dekton® for the kitchen benchtops due to its durability and suitability for food preparation and cooking.

“Sharing a meal is an important ritual in the client’s life and the kitchen was to be very functional, in addition to having aesthetic appeal,” says Daniel Stukel Beasly, director and architect of Stukel Architecture.

Stukel designed the kitchen for three modes of use: preparing casual meals for a few; a gathering place for close friends and family; and catering larger dinner parties and events. Different thresholds between the kitchen and neighbouring rooms – formal living/dining to one side and informal living/dining to the other – support these three modes of use.

An open connection between the kitchen and informal living is for smaller, casual and intimate gatherings, while a steel and glass screen between the kitchen and formal dining separates the service area and creates a ‘back-of-house’ for formal dinner parties and larger events.

Stukel selected materials for their durability and aesthetics, ensuring they would withstand frequent entertaining and make cooking easier, while bringing lightness and elegance to the space. “Durability of all materials was a high priority in the design and we investigated the best products on the market,” says Stukel.

Dekton® Entzo benchtops are inspired by Calacatta marble and have gold veining that complements the timber joinery. Dekton® is resistant to scratches, stains, UV rays, fire and heat, making it easy to put hot dishes on the benchtop straight from the oven and not have to worry about spilt liquids. Large-format slabs allow for seamless surfaces and the thin profile is in keeping with the streamlined timber joinery. Black fixtures, frames and hardware provide contrast and the brass splashback adds a touch of luxury.

The material palette continues in the bathroom with Silestone® on surfaces susceptible to moisture and wear, and timber on the draw fronts. Silestone® Blanco Stellar on the bathroom vanities has a thin-edge profile, subtle natural colouring and is seamlessly mitred. “As with the kitchen, we were interested in a refined and delicate look of stone surrounding the timber elements, and the result is more like a ceramic fixture rather than a heavy slab of stone,” Stukel says.

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