With its wealth of functionality behind closed cabinet doors, this dramatic kitchen presents a clean architectural presence to the wider living spaces

Designed by Bespoke Kitchens by Joanne Godding

From the designer:

The main owner requirements for the design and our response:

To create a space that didn’t scream kitchen – it needed to be discrete in terms of function and purpose

Most appliances were either integrated, placed behind the large sliding doors or positioned under bench. 

The only appliance on view was the steam oven – this was positioned as a prompt to the children that they can also use the kitchen to cook.

The space is long and narrow. 

This was exaggerated by lining the back wall of the kitchen with beautiful handmade tiles. 

These tiles are a mastery in form. 

The delicate nature of the brass light fittings provides a juxtaposition to the strict uniform nature of the tiles. 

The lighting adds depth to the room and a strong focal point to the overall space – and the shadows created are magical.

The colour palette is a selection of muted tones and textures – with the brass light fittings as a contrast.

To include a scullery where they could have a separate work zone and clean up zone 

Given the elongated shape of the room, we couldn’t fit a separate scullery into this space without compromising the overall footprint of the kitchen and the main thoroughfares. 

So, a separate work and clean up zone was positioned behind three large sliding doors. 

When closed off, this gives the space a seamless pared back look. 

When open, it exposes another work zone. 

With the placement here of a second sink, dishwasher andmicrowave, this is a high use, high function area. 

It is also the main area for pantry storage, small appliances, glassware and recycling bins.

Have casual seating within the kitchen area as the main dining room is in another part of the house

The large, cantilevered benchtop provides a dramatic end to the kitchen, which can be viewed from many important focal points within the house. 

This also allows the family to comfortably sit around the table. 

By pushing this benchtop to its limits, it also pushes this social area into other living spaces – helping the kitchen to be the hub of the home.

The kitchen space provided distinct challenges:

The elongated space

Instead of trying to correct this, I decided to exaggerate this element with the strong focal point created by the tiles and the long linear central Island, which is highlighted with the custom-made lineal light above – adding drama and interest.

The large, cantilevered timber benchtop further enhances the elongated nature of the space.

The different ceiling heights in conjunction with the ceiling details

I didn’t want the cabinetry to follow the line of the ceiling. 

Instead, I wanted the ceiling batten detail to remain as a nod to the era of the house. 

However, with a soaring ceiling height I wanted the wall of cabinetry to be streamlined and not overwhelmed with the proportions of the room. 

A solid wall and pelmet help define this area – this is finished in a textured finish to help distinguish it from the other cabinetry.

Credit list

Wall and framework
Metalier Coatings
Hob area: Kaufmann Keramik Soap Tiles, from The Tile People; sliding door pantry – Santamargherita Dark Metropolis, from Archant
Zenith All in One, Matt Black finish; Buddy X with pullout, Brushed Brass finish
Fisher & Paykel
Recycled Kauri floorboards, in herringbone pattern, from Goodwood Flooring
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Kitchens – Highly Commended
60mm squared framed doorstyle to tall units; plain doorstyle to all base units
Sink, hob and sliding door pantry – Santamargherita Dark Metropolis, by Archant; cantilevered timber top from BMC
Kitchen sink
New York range, by Ikon Commercial
Wine fridge
Island – bespoke by Lightplan; hob feature lights – Austere by Lightplan.

Designed by: Bespoke Kitchens by Joanne Godding

Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: Mark Scowen

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