As consumers become more sustainably conscious, the typical kitchen design has been turned on its head by revered Italian kitchen brand Snaidero.

The company recently unveiled its first Australian project to feature precision-engineered porcelain fronted joinery at Seafarers, the new Yarra River waterfront residences in Melbourne developed by Riverlee.

Designed and crafted in Italy, the fully integrated Snaidero kitchens at Seafarers combine porcelain benchtops with beautiful lacquered joinery to create an eco-friendly, high-end quality finish that is unmatched in the local market.

When designing the Seafarers kitchens, the Snaidero research and design team worked closely with Italy’s most renowned designers and architects, including Paolo Pininfarina, Massimo Iosa Ghini, Michele Marcon, Lucci & Orlandini, Gae Aulenti, Virgilio Forchiassin and Angelo Mangiarotti.

The team looked for a material that was sustainable and innovative yet still functional for the kitchen environment. The end result is porcelain stoneware made from natural raw materials including clay, with the manufacturing process producing little waste with the raw materials and water used able to be recycled.

Embedded in the company’s philosophy is its dedication to sustainable practices and processes with the use of low emission panels, water-based lacquers, energy-efficient technologies and social and environmental certifications.

Porcelain is also one of the most resistant construction materials in the world and is recognised as having the longest lifetime potential of any building finish due to its ability to withstand chopping with sharp blades, hot liquids such as oil and wine, or scalding pans straight from the stove.

“Porcelain is a beautiful material that comes with variety, it will never be perfect like plastic but it can be perfect in the way that it is never homogenous – just like timber, a material that naturally has knots in it,” said Roberto Dreolini, Snaidero sales director in Asia and Australia.

Operating for more than 70 years, Snaidero is a name that has become synonymous with innovation, luxury and holistic design and today, is one of Italy’s leading brands.

Recognising how physical and emotional landscape and lifestyles often guide trends within the kitchen, Snaidero views the kitchen as the heart of the home, acting as a reflection of how we live, consume and appreciate.

“The kitchen is a place to be proud of, it is a place to enjoy, to make friends and to cook; in Italy, we often take the kitchen with us when we move and this underpins our quest to create something unique but functional,” said Dreolini.

Developed by Riverlee, Seafarers Residences are the first to feature precision-engineered porcelain-fronted joinery, complete with high-end German Gaggenau and Eurocave appliances, and illuminated LED drawers. The relationship between Riverlee and Snaidero formed over a six-year period following a shared vision of delivering a superior level of craftsmanship in projects undertaken while minimising the environmental impact.

Seafarers Residences will be an exclusive collection of 123 premium riverfront apartments, touted as Melbourne’s first international hotel-branded residences, and will offer residents unlimited access to the luxury amenities and services of Australia’s first 1 Hotel, including a state-of-the-art wellness centre; spa, swimming pool, sauna, full-service fitness centre and retail and hospitality selections.

Alongside the hotel perks, residents will also have access to exclusive residents-only amenities, including a 500sqm rooftop garden terrace, dining rooms, library and a private lounge – all managed and immaculately maintained by the hotel.

Designed by Fender Katsalidis and featuring interiors by Carr, Seafarers offers a selection of one, two and three-bedroom residences with prices ranging from $825,000 to $5,000,000.

For more information please visit: seafarers-residences.com.au

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