Kitchen Closeup | Kensington Park by Stefan Vignogna
Joinery designer Stefan Vignogna takes est through the details of an elegant kitchen renovation for a heritage villa in Kensington Park, Adelaide.
Bespoke kitchen and joinery designer Stefan Vignogna’s latest project injects a modern aesthetic into a century-old home in Adelaide’s inner eastern suburbs. In keeping with the home’s historical features and existing footprint, the new kitchen combines age-old materials and simple silhouettes for a pair of avid cooks and entertainers.
We sat down with Stefan Vignogna to learn more about how he combined the essence of old and new in the kitchen and how tactile and contrasting materials play to the home’s history.
Stefan Vignogna specified Dekton – Portum stone throughout the kitchen, with 12mm thickness on the backbench for a streamlined appearance.
The home presented an outdated and impractical kitchen before Stefan Vignogna’s intervention, with profiled doors, decorative hardware and minimal storage space. Home to a couple who enjoy cooking and hosting their grandchildren, Stefan says the brief was simple; a durable yet sophisticated kitchen. “The homeowners were after a minimalist design with excellent ergonomics – something that would greatly contrast their previous space,” Stefan adds.
Period features like the intricate architraves are balanced with crisp white plantation shutters with brass hinges, tying in with the brass found in the leather-wrapped joinery handles and gooseneck kitchen tap. Stefan leant on the enduring palette of walnut and stone as the foundation for the new kitchen, honing a traditional aesthetic through this gentle contrast.
Warm Toasted Oak floorboards by Royal Oak Floor contrast the cabinetry – a deep brown laminate with a subtle woodgrain embossing throughout. “The cabinets feature tones of black, grey and brown and ensure a relevant colour palette for years to follow,” Stefan explains. “Also, the client can accompany new furnishings easily within this colour scheme,” he adds.
“By using clean lines balanced with classic colours, the result is a space which sits somewhere in the middle, between the old and new.”
– Joinery designer Stefan Vignogna
Dekton – Portum clads the custom island unit, concealing utensils, cookware and dinnerware.
It wouldn’t be an entertainer’s kitchen without premium appliances. Stefan specified an integrated Fisher & Paykel French door refrigerator for a seamless finish, paired with glossy black Miele ovens. The real hero of the kitchen, however, is the striking engineered Portum by Dekton stone bench. Selected by Stefan for its versatile colouring and classic appearance, the monolithic island bench is clad on all four sides in the stone, together with the splashback, backbench and rangehood. “Portum is perfect for this home as it features a refined white marble look, similar to that of a Statuario or Calacatta marble,” he says.
Inspired by Portobello marble from Brazil, Portum by Dekton is part of the brand’s Natural collection from Cosentino, recreating the well-loved marble look without the constant maintenance required with natural stone. Instead, Portum features an off-white base with light grey flecks and veining throughout for a hardworking heat, scratch and stain-resistant benchtop that doesn’t compromise aesthetically.
Stefan Vignogna says rich and textured materials are the key to introducing a new kitchen into an older home. “By using clean lines balanced with classic colours, the result is a space which sits somewhere in the middle, between the old and new,” Stefan adds.
The Kensington Park kitchen by Stefan Vignogna exemplifies a less but better approach to design. Stefan has cultivated modern elegance in a heritage home, ensuring this kitchen will stand the test of time for the avid cooks that live there.