Artist in residence

With its contemporary curves and customised parquet flooring, this new kitchen reflects an artistic approach to design

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view of the kitchen benchtop looking into the garden

Small spaces may have limitations, but this doesn't mean you need to compromise your kitchen design. With the right materials and an innovative approach, it's possible to create a kitchen that is quite out of the ordinary.

This new kitchen in a Federation-style home was designed by owners Catherine Wishart and artist Paul Jackson. As the space wasn't large, the couple opted for an ergonomic galley-style layout, with the benchtop facing into the adjacent garden.

"The large windows ensure there is plenty of natural light," says Jackson.

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To provide a counterfoil to the straight lines and right-angles of the Federation style, curved elements were introduced. The window sills, for example, are double the normal sill thickness, and feature tumbled mosaic tiles laid in a curve.

"The curves of the sill and the rounded edges of the tiles help to soften the hard lines within the kitchen," says Jackson. "The large, curved glass door on the cabinetry has a similar role it also mimics a curved wall beside the dining room and helps smooth the transition between the two rooms.

Other cabinetry features a light grey two-pot lacquer, which was chosen to complement both the glass door and the stainless steel appliances. A warm red CaesarStone benchtop contrasts the cabinetry and incorporates transparent flecks of resin that reflect light.

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The piéce de resistance, however, is the customised parquet floor, designed and built by Jackson. This combines several hardwoods in a sculptural pattern.

Credit list

Kitchen manufacturer
Harvey Norman Renovations
CaesarStone from Harvey Norman Renovations
Sculpted timber inlay by Paul Jackson
Newform from European Kitchen Appliances
Curved glass door by Bent and Curved Glass; other cabinets from Harvey Norman Renovations
Thasos white tumbled mosaic
Oven and rangehood
Integrated Fisher & Paykel DishDrawer

Story by: Trendsideas

18 Feb, 2005