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A bold, black, faceted island echoes the home's cladding, with kitchen and bar functionality tucked behind closed doors

Designed by Michael Cooper, Michael Cooper Architects

From the architects:

The brief from the owners was for the kitchen to serve as an entertainment hub for the living area, be a stand-out feature and still provide the functional requirements of a working kitchen.

The island, being the centrepiece of the space, needed to be a dominant element within the room. 

The dramatic angles of the island are an iteration of the exterior of the house, which itself is derived from the surrounding dune scape.

The angles of the island face were thoughtfully curated so that the island still allows comfortable seating.

The crown cut American white oak cabinetry behind the island was designed to provide a seamless contrast – becoming a backdrop to the island while not over complicating the space. 

A black porcelain splashback and scullery door to match ties the whole space together. 


Black linear Halliday & Baillie handles have been used with Blum Aventos and Blumotion Tip-On hardware to hide the integrated appliances and create a seamless look.

Floor to ceiling cabinetry has been designed to maximise storage and conceal a bar unit that has the same material palette as the kitchen.

A Hafele pocket door system has been used to slide cabinet doors back into the cabinetry and to allow the bar to be open and become a key part of the entertaining space.

Opposite the bar, an adjacent wine fridge under the island bench reinforces the entertainment capability of this kitchen.

The scullery functions as a secondary kitchen, allowing food to be prepped and dishes to be stored when guests are present.

With the scullery closed off and absorbed into the background, the kitchen is left with clean elegant lines and the island again stands out in the room.

Credit list

Cabinetry hardware
Blum Tandembox; Hafele Hawa Folding Concepta
Lighting
Inlite Delta LINK S 3 92733 DIM8; Eco lux down light
Taps
Zenith Hydroptap celsius all-in-one Arc MT2790, matt black finish
Cooktop
Bosch 600mm induction hob
Refrigeration
Kitchen: Fisher & Paykel Integrated fridge-freezer 900mm; Scullery: Fisher & Paykel fridge-freezer 635mm, ice / water
Wine fridge
Liebherr, integrated, under-worktop
Awards
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Kitchens – Runner Up
Cabinetry
Kitchen – Bestwood natural wood veneer American White Oak 19mm with 2 pot clear lacquer; Scullery – Prime Panels melamine Sovereign Oak timberland finish; Island – satin lacquered paint finish
Benchtops
Perimeter and scullery – 6mm stainless steel; island – Florim 12mm black matt porcelain, from Archant
Splashback
Florim 6mm black matt porcelain
Oven
Fisher & Paykel 600mm oven pyrolytic, black, 11 function
Ventilation
Fisher & Paykel 900mm rangehood, integrated powerpack
Dishwasher
Kitchen: Fisher & Paykel Integrated double dish drawer 600mm; scullery: Fisher & Paykel double dish drawer 600mm
Flooring
Hermpac super solid engineered oak flooring, colour – concrete, 220mm wide planks

Designed by: Michael Cooper, Michael Cooper Architects

Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: Eve Razey

19 Sep, 2021

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