SSdH, Edition, JCB and Studio Bright have been announced winners of the 2023 Smeg Tour Competition, recognising outstanding kitchen design. Each winner receives return flights to Venice to attend the prestigious 2023 Venice Architecture Biennale and join the coveted Smeg Tour.

The jury, who selected the four winning projects based on innovative design and creative use of materials and appliances, comprised of Venice Architecture Biennale commissioner for Australia, philanthropist and architecture supporter, Janet Holmes à Court, award-winning architect, John Wardle, Vogue Living editor, Rebecca Caratti, Australian Institute of Architects general manager, Michael Linke and Smeg Australia head of marketing, Livia McRobert.

SSdH for Kerr (featured) is a stripped back warehouse apartment with a robust kitchen with a warm and textured material palette. Custom stainless steel benchtops and Smeg Classic appliances add a nod to the commercial kitchen, sitting in contrast to the expressed timber detailing to create a contemporary yet functional environment.

Edition for Napier Street (above) delivers subtle curves and character that counter a colourful kitchen flush with embellishment and tactility. Smeg Classic ovens are perfectly aligned with textured, coloured veneer, while a gas cooktop enveloped in luscious green marble, creates a culinary zone that is both practical and harmonious.

JCB for Divided House (above) is anchored by an eight metre island, which offers a flexible and hardworking altar for culinary and work pursuits. The practical design includes large format and entertaining-friendly Smeg appliances: gas and induction Portofino freestanding cookers, wine cellar, built-in steam and speed ovens, integrated dishwasher and fridge/freezer. Three cylindrical rangehoods, finished in a palette referencing Australian Eucalyptus, complete the design.

Studio Bright for Garden Tower House (above) utilises every surface and corner to create a culinary and dining space to support family life and offer calm. The high quality finishes palette is complemented by black Smeg Linea oven and cooktop, picking up other accents while creating a contemporary edge in the calm environment.

“Smeg is proud to be celebrating these talented Australian designers, and recognising their work on a global scale,” Livia McRobert said.

“All of the entrants were impressive; however these four winning projects perfectly embody the Smeg values and design principles. We’re thrilled to be hosting them on the coveted Smeg Tour, and to showcase the history of the brand to the next generation of design talent.”

In May, the winners will attend the exclusive Vernissage opening of the Biennale before a visit to Smeg’s headquarters in Guastalla. They will also experience the cultural and culinary delights of the Emilia Romagna region.