The Nest kitchen designed by Studio Doherty for Laminex is a seriously fun space.
The design references mid-century modernism and American diner aesthetics. Neutral kitchen cabinetry allows for a bold application of contrasting features surfaces, paired with interesting shapes that provide visual interest and superior function.
Homeowners can easily draw inspiration from the Nest kitchen with the following advice from Mardi and the exact product breakdown. Here’s everything you need to know to get the look!
Function is everything
Maximising space is at the forefront of the Nest kitchen designed by Studio Doherty with first time renovators and young families in mind.
The layout and use of durable materials speaks to this brief, creating a dynamic kitchen with clever joinery solutions.
Rather than a traditional dining table, Studio Doherty designed a built-in dining booth that provides a casual seating area and the opportunity to engage with guests while cooking.
Studio Doherty owner and director Mardi Doherty says the booth blurs the boundary between the kitchen and dining area, creating the illusion of a larger space.
‘Often smaller homes or apartments don’t have space for people to sit up on stools at an island bench plus a dining table, so integrating a dining nook so close to the island bench was the next best thing!’ Mardi says.
‘We also added a wall mounted pantry to the left of the kitchen, which acts as an extension to the kitchen space, while looking like it could belong in the living room.’
Additional storage is provided on an overhead kitchen shelf, upper and lower kitchen cabinetry, and sleek joinery concealing the integrated fridge.
Use colour with confidence
A small kitchen doesn’t require sacrificing colour, but using this strategically as not to overpower a space.
‘It’s important to balance neutral tones with one bold confident gesture that provides drama and interest,’ explains Mardi.
The Nest kitchen employs this technique, showcasing a predominantly neutral material palette offset with light, playful, and warm colours on the surrounding joinery, cabinetry insides, and benchtops.
‘The Kalamata pantry creates a darker, richer backdrop to the living arena.’
Mix and match finishes
The Nest kitchen integrates a variety of low sheen, matte and tactile finishes to subtly differentiate zones and create a more interesting interior.
Woodcut Pearl White flooring constructed with European oak serves as a calming base for eclectic furnishings and tableware, including sculptural ceramics, textural art, and colourful crockery.
Experiment with shape
Play with every inch of your available kitchen space through the introduction of various shapes.
The curved dining booth in the Nest kitchen is visually stunning while maximising floor space for improved function and flow. The benchtop is likewise curved to accommodate this sculptural form.
‘The fact that Laminex can bend so much made it so easy to create a sculptural island bench. It works so well because it’s so damn practical and fun!’ says Mari. ‘We imagine this space being used for dining, working, entertaining, and as an additional food prep area.’
A cylindrical structural pole and adjustable wall lamp serve as additional sculptural elements for a cohesive interior scheme.
Learn more about the Laminex x Studio Doherty collaboration, and order free samples of the finishes used in this kitchen here!