Black and bold, this kitchen makes a strong visual statement

Modern surfaces, up-to-the-minute cabinetry and advanced hardware all come together in this family and entertainer’s kitchen

Matt black cabinetry sets the scene for this architecture, cabinetry, countertop, kitchen, major appliance, black, white, Impact Kitchens
Matt black cabinetry sets the scene for this all-mod-cons kitchen by designer Rod Huizenga. The ends of the island are partly in left-over wood flooring and connect with the further use of wood in the adjacent lounge.

Dramatic, black and beautiful, this kitchen by designer Rod Huizenga was the ideal response to the architectural home it forms part of.

“I have worked with the owner on several other projects and she likes to use the very latest products to make her kitchens as functional as possible,” says Huizenga. “In addition, she’s always keen to push the design boundaries.

“With this in mind, I took several approaches to melding the kitchen into its modern setting, such as selecting a black velvet cabinetry finish which adds an air of refinement to the design,” says Huizenga. 

“I matched this dark surface with contemporary sleek benchtops and mirror splashbacks, which both reflect light and give a sense of space. Other material elements include, warm timber highlights and a polished concrete floor – giving the space a light-industrial feel.”

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​​​​​​​The hall corridor to the right plays a significant role in this kitchen by designer Rod Huizenga. The hallway has floor-to-celing cabinetry and leads to the scullery behind the kitchen. The black kitchen – with black counter stools – is contrasted with pale concrete floors and white sheer curtaining.

The island bench is naturally a focal point for entertaining, and so is a hero of the design.

“I suggested the use of a modern engineered stone for the island benchtop for a couple of reasons. Dekton was capable of creating the thinner edge we wanted and offers the convenience of being a completely heat proof surface,” Huizenga says.

 “To create the end elements supporting the benchtop, I combined new timber frames with central panels made from leftover timber flooring. The natural wood tones also tie in with the use of wood in other areas of the interior.

The kitchen is decidedly uncluttered, with a wealth of dedicated storage and functionality tucked away in the tall cabinetry that lines the adjacent hallway and in a full walk-in pantry directly behind and accessed via the hallway.

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​​​​​​​Set just below the slender Dekton island benchtop, a chunky butler’s sink adds a rustic touch to this kitchen’s light-industrial feel.

“The floor-to-ceiling hall cabinetry utilises Concepta hideaway doors. When opened, these bi-fold doors slot back out of the way into the cabinet body. One set opens to reveal the breakfast prep zone complete with dedicated shelves and drawers, while the next set fronts a coffee station, with instant hot or chilled water on tap.

“The fridge and dishwasher are integrated, as are the waste bins. And in a final labour-saving touch, cabinets in the kitchen and pantry have space-saving, drawer-within-a-drawer systems. There’s even a retractable door on the oven.

“Modern features and dedicated zones make the kitchen ideal for family or entertaining.”

Credit list

Rod Huizenga, Impact Kitchens
Dekton Sirius, by Cosentino; Caesarstone in Organic White
Fisher & Paykel, integrated
Leibherr, integrated
Black Gooseneck with vegetable spray and LED light, from Waterware
Polished concrete
HIA Australian Kitchen of the Year
Stylelite Carbon Velvet doors & panels; Polytec Prime Oak WoodMatt to shelving in butler’s pantry
Mirrorshield, by Tekform
Whirlpool Induction
Robinhood, undermount
Ribbleton, butler style
Hot water tap
Dulux Natural White

Story by: Charles Moxham

Photography by: Anjie Blair

23 Mar, 2019

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