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Semi-industrial family kitchen puts focus on raw natural materials

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Black cabinetry, steel elements and untreated wood come together in this rustic meets loft-style kitchen with walk-in scullery

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Industrial surfaces and a raw, honest feel might call to mind a trendy New York-loft style kitchen. However, the same rugged materials and simple approach can be equally well suited to, say, a rural kitchen.

This black kitchen by designer Kyla Hunt of Carlielle Kitchens shows how. The kitchen forms part of an architecturally designed home with expansive rural views, the black, pavilion-style home sitting in contrast with the green, rolling landscape.

"In keeping with this, the owners wanted the open-plan living space – kitchen included – to have a bold look, which would complement the exterior of the home and create a moody, dramatic interior," says Hunt. "This translated into an industrial loft-style, with a focus on raw, natural materials."

And raw materials there are in abundance.

Taking a tonal cue from the owners' caramel-coloured leather chairs, the designer introduced a rough-sawn macrocarpa wall to wrap around one end of the long kitchen island. This creates a striking contrast to the black cabinetry in a dark-stained Black Onyx veneer.

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This upstand also adds warmth and texture, and provides screening – eliminating the view of clutter around the sink area from the living spaces.

The list of industrial materials continues with stainless steel used on the rear benchtop for a hard-wearing surface that flows onto the window sill for a seamless look. The window glass forms the splashback.

In the scullery, the benchtop is finished in stainless steel-look Formica. This was a more affordable option here than actual stainless steel, plus the scullery benchtop is not subject to such heavy use.

With a large family to cater to, including four adult children, the kitchen also needed room for several people to work in the space at once.

"To this end, the sink is towards one end of the 4m island, maximising the remaining bench space and providing for breakfast seating," says Hunt. "And the modest, understated scullery creates a space to hide away small appliances and maximise kitchen storage."

Having the galley-style kitchen blend with the wider interior's black-painted walls, timber ceiling and character concrete floors accentuates the contrast and texture of the material palette.

First published date: 15 December 2017

Credit List

Designer Kyla Hunt, Carlielle Kitchens
Builder Van Der Putten Construction
Cabinetry Neptune Cabinet System – Prime Recon Veneer – Onyx planked, finished in Clear satin polyurethane; timber wall – macrocarpa, rough sawn; scullery – Melteca Black Pearl shelving
Cabinetry hardware and internal organisation Blum soft-close hinges, Blum Tandembox Antaro drawers, and Blum bins
Benchtops Stainless steel; Antique Brown Granite – honed; Stainless Steel Formica Laminate – Velour finish
Splashback Window glass
Sink Burns & Ferrall
Taps Nova Black Gooseneck mixer
Ovens, hob, ventilation, dishwasher Miele
Awards Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Kitchens – Highly Commended