Designer Focus | Kitchens with Studio Esteta

  • Focusing on the heart of the home, we explore architectural firm Studio Esteta’s approach to kitchen design and discover why ‘maximum customisation’ is paramount.

    Studio Esteta founders Sarah Cosentino and Felicity Slattery are regarded for their bespoke and considered approach to design. The duo tends to steer away from trends – resulting in a more timeless solution for their clients. Working across a broad range of residential and commercial projects, Studio Esteta’s ethos is entrenched in careful spatial planning, thorough detail and unique materiality.

    We sit down with Sarah and Felicity to discover their formula for kitchen design and the importance of tailored solutions.

    Produced in partnership with Blum


    Sarah and Felicity initiate the planning of every kitchen space through careful questioning. “Our kitchen designs are unique to the context of the brief, the site itself, and our client’s specific preferences,” Sarah says. Throughout this exploration stage, the team uncovers essential requirements to tailor an appropriate recommendation – everything from the volume of storage required to the type of dishwasher is resolved.

    The flow is equally important. “Kitchen layouts can vary greatly and depend on several factors, including the scale of a project, existing limitations, budget considerations, and every client’s requirements,” Felicity says.

    To understand Studio Esteta’s signature style in the kitchen, we explore two standout projects: Mornington Peninsula House and Portsea Beach House. At Mornington Peninsula House, Studio Esteta were tasked with visually connecting the home with its natural landscape. The result is seamless integration with its external panorama by centralising the kitchen area and flooding it with natural light. In contrast, the homeowners of the Portsea Beach House sought to maintain their existing kitchen layout, rejuvenating the space to reflect its coastal context.  


    Kitchen materiality is fundamental in every Studio Esteta project. “Longevity, functionality, and practicality are key considerations, particularly for our kitchen designs,” Sarah says. “As the ‘heart of the home’, it needs to operate seamlessly and last the test of time.” The Mornington Peninsula and Portsea projects feature stone benchtops and timber cabinetry, which Felicity puts down to their gravitation towards an honest material palette of natural materials that layer texture. “Natural stones (including marble and granite) add uniqueness and character,” Felicity says. “Timber creates warmth, and brick or tiles further accentuates a more textural approach.” Felicity explains natural stones can be more porous compared with reconstituted options, so the duo always ensure the final specification is made in consultation with their client – and the product is sealed appropriately. 

    Sarah says Blum is their go-to for kitchen organisation and operation. “With such a wide range of high-quality fittings and organisation systems, we can maximise kitchen functionality and operation,” Sarah says. “The quality of fittings and array of design possibilities delivers confidence each kitchen will withstand the test of time – and high volume usage.”

    Integration & Customisation

    A common thread throughout Studio Esteta’s kitchen design is bespoke integration, allowing the space to seamlessly blend with its surroundings by concealing ‘the unnecessary’ elements. Dishwashers and refrigerators, for example, are often ‘tucked away’ behind cabinetry, allowing the space to feel more open. Likewise, kitchen sinks are frequently mounted under benchtops to create seamless sightlines.

    Studio Esteta leans on Blum kitchen hardware and cabinet solutions to enhance the overall flow and function of the kitchen. “Blum enables maximum customisation and integration, ensuring the kitchen is functional, efficient and spatially sound – while also being a beautiful space to enjoy,” Felicity says.

    Portsea Beach House by Studio Esteta features a marble benchtop and splashback, complemented with crisp white cabinetry and a gooseneck sink mixer. One-touch Blum TANDEMBOX drawers with SERVO-DRIVE provide effortless access to kitchen items.

    “Blum’s storage solutions allow us to translate our kitchen designs into efficient, high-quality and practical solutions.”


    – Studio Esteta

    Artwork by Nunzio Milano

    Design Details

    Studio Esteta’s appreciation of both beauty and function carries through all their kitchen designs. For this reason, a combination of products across lighting and kitchen hardware is featured throughout both the Mornington Peninsula and Portsea Beach homes. Downlights, as seen in both homes, are contemporary and practical. Studio Esteta favours brands including Arkoslight for their discreet integration and functionality and enduring tapware, including Brodware, for its long-lasting, low maintenance qualities. For larger appliances such as the oven, the client’s tastes and budget are the main drivers. Mornington Peninsula home features the bespoke Lacanche Classic Oven for its fine craftsmanship.

    Internally, soft close Blum TANDEMBOX drawers with ORGA-LINE cutlery and utensil inserts are often seen in Studio Esteta’s projects for their wide variety of colours, heights and lasting quality. “When space is limited, the Blum SPACE TOWER is the perfect pull-out pantry,” Felicity adds. “The pull-out drawer compartments allow access on all three sides, and the system can be designed to suit varying cabinetry heights, widths, and depths. Again offering versatility to suit the specific requirements of our clients.”

    In Sarah’s words, they approach their kitchen designs knowing they are the focal point of any home. “Hence, our kitchens are designed to encourage congregating, ease of use – and a simply beautiful space to enjoy!”

    Studio Esteta founders Felicity Slattery and Sarah Cosentino

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