Food for Thought
Main image by Amelia Fullarton
This week, we lift the veil on some of our favourite foodies kitchens; an endless source of inspiration for us to get on the pots and pans and prepare a home-cooked meal in the intimacy of our surrounds. We see how both form & function play a part in curating the perfect space to pull up a chair, pour a glass of wine and most importantly - eat.
Sophie wears IN BED Embroidered Linen Apron in pickle. Above, the table is set with IN BED 100% Linen table cloth in natural, paired with Embroidered Linen table runner in pickle. Images by Nicole Squelch.
Sophie McIntyre, Melbourne
Club Sup was imagined deep in the throes of Victoria’s lockdowns - a time where most of us had no choice but to cook at home, with many local haunts closing their doors. When it was time to meet for a meal once more, Club Sup began in a Fitzroy gallery - the concept: six friends come to dinner, each with a guest they could introduce to the group. 25 supper clubs later, across both Sydney and Melbourne the interactive dinner party is responsible for forming many new relationships, and even the odd romantic one.
In the comfort of her own home, Club Sup founder Sophie McIntyre cooks to the seasons in her all-white Melbourne kitchen. Next door in Sophie’s dining room, rows of glassware and liquor line the shelves (we like to think of these as party favours collected from dinners past). A generous communal dining table sits centre - fitting for a cook whose food philosophy revolves around connection, and the sacred act of sharing a meal with friends old, and new.
Joaquin and Gaetan dine with IN BED 100% Linen napkin set in natural. Images by Daniel Almazan Klinckwort.
Joaquin Cardoso, Mexico City
In Mexico City, food breathes life into the busy streets with its endless eateries, including Joaquin Cardoso’s Loup Bar in Cuauhtémoc. At home, the kitchen is Joaquin’s natural habitat, where he prepares delicious meals to a soundtrack of his impressive record collection which sits proudly alongside his wooden dining table.
Lyon, France was where Joaquin ‘really fell in love with natural ingredients and the relationship they have with society and with nature’. His kitchen table (and home), framed by a canopy of greenery, is shared with his partner Gaetan, a natural wine importer. Their meeting was not only a match made in heaven, but the catalyst for opening Loup: an intimate bar combining their two loves; produce-driven food and new wave wines.
Images by Amelia Fullarton
Carter Were, Lismore
Proof that you don’t need a huge kitchen and fancy equipment to make magic is chef and mother, Carter Were. Her Lismore home has benefited from a few minor renovations, a knocked down wall and paint job here and there - but the beauty is in the perfectly appointed, light-filled kitchen where Carter prepares meals for her young family while recipe testing for her much-adored cookbooks, published with twin sister Harry.
The subtle curves are what drew us to this Northern Rivers kitchen, evident in the cabinetry, walls and bench top. They hug the diminutive space just as Carter does her brood of young children who watch on as she cooks beautiful, unfussy meals inspired by her travels, and life as a full-time mum.
Images by Amelia Fullarton
Cass McCarthy, Billinudgel
Miraculously, Cass’s cabin kitchen was the birthplace of her son, Finn. It was also the birthplace of her business, First Year of Food; a resource for new parents on embracing nourishing, wholesome cooking & lifestyle practices. While they have since moved on to become full-time farmers in Ireland, we wanted to revisit this idyllic home and story as we rekindle our own pursuit of the simple life.
Timber cladding provides the bones of Cass’s Northern Rivers kitchen, with windows that look out onto a vast landscape and garden, home to almost all of her ingredients. Working within a small space, Cass observes that her utensils need to be ‘beautiful and practical’, exhibited by a collection of her grandmother’s ceramic bowls, mortar & pestles from her travels in Italy & Indonesia, and a bread urn gifted to her parents for their engagement. Each of these holds a personal history and serves a purpose, requisite for a place in Cass’s kitchen.
Nestled beneath Stephanie's extensive bowl collection is IN BED 100% Linen table cloth in Pine Gingham. Images by Phillip Huynh.
Stephanie Stamatis, Melbourne
A treasure trove is how we would describe art director & stylist, Stephanie Stamatis’ home kitchen. Piles of jars housing pickles & condiments add layers of interest to her 1960’s kitchen, along with curiosities procured from a lifetime of collecting; jewel coloured glassware, vintage swizzle sticks, fried egg fridge magnets and lovingly folded table linens.
Stephanie proclaims her ‘heart is in the intersection of food and still life’, evident in her works that juxtapose half-eaten apples with fine jewellery, created for collaborators such as Kinfolk Magazine and chef Ellie Bouhadana. A mid-century blank canvas creates space for Stephanie’s ample souvenir collection that is too good to retire behind cupboards and drawers, instead it is all on display - a true feast for the eyes.