Josh Emett's Dream Arclinea Kitchen by Matisse

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Inside world-class chef Josh Emett's Dream Kitchen with the stunning Arclinea. 

“If you look at life the way I do, food comes first,” says Josh. “So much of what I do is about food that when we were renovating the house, of course it was about the kitchen. We wanted it to be really incredible.”

Josh obviously has considerable experience in setting up commercial kitchens, but creating a kitchen that paired commercial flexibility with home comfort took a different kind of detailing. “I know, sort of, where I want everything to go and how I want it laid out,” he says. Josh and Helen’s wish list was challenging but not outrageous — two dishwashers, a huge double fridge and Sub-Zero wine fridge, a scullery to keep mess out of sight, a drying cupboard, and a capacious Wolf double oven. “We put a lot of thought in which way doors open, and how they open, because it makes such a difference to the flow,” says Josh.

The striking visual element of the kitchen is the veined, sand-coloured Taj Mahal quartzite stone (sourced from SCE Stone) used throughout the space, playing off beautifully with the incredible detailing of Arclinea's Convivium against the stainless steel and elm wood veneer cabinetry to achieve the beachy feeling the family wanted.

Convivium is an open space, a kitchen as an agile organised area, where being together becomes something to share anew every day, a place where a whole series of concrete actions – storing, preparing, cooking – are turned into rituals and emotions. Aromas in the kitchen tell of familiar tales or distant places, old recipes are handed down and new ones experimented and most importantly, everyone eats together around the big table. Convivium furnishes the walls of a room that becomes warm, welcoming and functional, with an island-table in the centre and canopy shelves running round the whole room at picture rail height.

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