Check out the kitchens in line for the 2020 Smeg Tour prize

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Smeg has announced the shortlist for its prestigious Smeg Tour competition, celebrating the best of local design talent. 

To be considered, candidates were required to submit a new-build or renovation project that was completed between January 2018 and August 2019, featuring Smeg products. 

The winner will have the opportunity to win return flights to Venice for the prestigious 2020 Venice Architecture Biennale and a coveted spot on the Smeg Tour.

The competition has seen entries from architects and interior designers from across Australia – let’s take a look at the 10 considered.

Bondi Apartment — Ricci Bloch Architecture + Interiors, NSW

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This contemporary family kitchen sees a combination of granite with white-washed and lacquered timber lend itself to a sophisticated beach vibe.

Twin Smeg Classic built-in ovens offer understated elegance, industrial style and cooking capability while adding to the polished aesthetic.

Brisbane Riverbank House — Owen Architecture, QLD

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A more relaxing space with expansive communal cooking and dining areas allows for multiple social interactions between family and guests.

The kitchen is cleverly arranged in workstations with spaces defined by material – stainless steel for washing and preparation, and marble for cooking.

Camp Hill Cottage — Owen Architecture, QLD

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This bright, white space brings together elements of luxury, practicality and relaxation. Expansive fold windows allow light to fill these generous spaces, while casual banquette seating and a wide island for preparation and dining anchor the environment.

lm & Stone — DKO Architecture, VIC

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In contrast to Camp Hill Cottage, this kitchen has a darker, lavish tone. The area flows on from a collection of anomalous one, two and three-bedroom split level terrace style apartments, inspired by New York City loft apartments, offering an industrial design aesthetic with flexible living spaces. 

Lilyfield House — studio203, NSW

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A deceptively uncomplicated, simple family-friendly kitchen is cleverly zoned to provide several spaces for different functions to occur simultaneously – from food preparation to dishwashing and breakfast. The palette of hoop pine and white on birch forms a quiet backdrop to the sophisticated Smeg Classic built-in oven and cooktop.

Little Hutt House — eph studio, WA

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Bringing a more industrial aesthetic within an urban oasis, the integration of nature and materials offer an efficient and inviting space.

The area is completed by an induction cooktop, integrated rangehood, tall tank dishwasher, Smeg Dolce Stil Novo oven, and compact speed oven.

Manchester Terrace — Retallack Thompson, NSW

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Here, the restrained palette of birch, oak, and stainless steel creates a sense of calm, lightness and warmth. Simplicity is brought to the fore with the use of a Smeg Linea gas cooktop — a focal point within the continuous stainless steel benchtop.

Sandy Point House — Kennedy Nolan, VIC

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A more rugged yet homely style, this kitchen’s aesthetic expression is both passive and dramatic with muted, natural colours and a soaring, undulating timber ceiling. 

A cohesive open plan comprising living, dining, and cooking is enhanced with the timeless elegance of a Smeg Classic built-in oven. 

Scotland Island House — Sam Crawford Architects, NSW

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With bluestone tiling and wood finished, you can see the inspirations of the surrounding water and bush in this kitchen. 

Statement dual benches provide ample preparation space, while an integrated dishwasher and Smeg Classic stainless steel oven blend effortlessly into the joinery.

Winship Cottage — Owen Architecture, QLD

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Don’t let the ‘Cottage’ in its name fool you, this is a contemporary, commercial-esqe kitchen. Fitted with stainless steel, ceramic tile, and marble, only the open plan living space is reminiscent of an original cottage.

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