G UE.studio Presents LM023

A Small Kitchen with Big Impact 

Nic Gossage

Nestled within a 1980s townhouse, in the heart of Sydney’s inner west, LM023 by G UE. is a compact yet impactful kitchen influenced by material synergy and architectural principles of form and function.

James Guerrisi is the founder of G UE, a Sydney-based design studio that values line and form in small spaces. The studio embodies a mood of utilitarian simplicity to forge tangible interactions between people and spatial arrangements.

Embracing a reductive approach to the programme, G UE.’s process was informed by the daily routines of the client. This offered opportunities to dispel conventional notions in order to achieve a tailored and considered outcome.

The townhouse’s original kitchen layout suffered from impractical cupboard placement and appliance positioning, resulting in a reduction of usable bench space. At the core of the client's brief was the creation of a high-performing kitchen that integrated into the existing infrastructure of their home.

A hallmark feature of the kitchen is the bespoke pantry, which conceals the daily essentials behind expansive pivot sliding doors. The doors feature custom linear stainless-steel handles designed by G UE. and produced by CJ Anderson. The utilitarian design not only elongates the space but also unifies the stainless-steel planes. Their intentional imbalance of weight adds a tactile dimension to the experience of using them.

Every detail, from the carefully chosen finishes to the existing elements of the home, was meticulously considered. The porcelain bench sourced from Artedomus, Japanese ceramic tiles from Academy Tiles, and wall lamp from Volker Haug, complemented by stainless steel accents, harmonise seamlessly to create a cohesive and inviting space. Furthermore, they serve as a subtle homage to the client’s affinity for Japan, their former home.