Bold and sculptural kitchen with no fussy detailing

How to create a kitchen that has its own dramatic presence and yet doesn’t detract from the views beyond – openness and simplicity are key

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​​​​​​​Bold and sculptural with no fussy detailing, this kitchen by designer Davinia Sutton makes a strong interior focal point without actually detracting from the living area’s expansive outlooks.

In contemporary interior design, the kitchen is almost always central to the living spaces – but then so are the views. Such was the scenario for this kitchen, by designer Davinia Sutton.

The homeowners wanted a kitchen that was uncluttered and that had an urban edge – a chic design with hardy, bold materials. As part of the brief, they also asked for a scullery where any mess was out of sight from the living space, as well as ample wine storage.

“Forming part of an architectural space for entertaining, this kitchen was designed to be on display,” says Sutton. “However, the living area also has views to a striking city/seascape. So the aim was to keep the kitchen clean-lined and open to avoid it detracting from the scenery.

“Paradoxically, this was achieved with a simple, strong palette comprising expansive white benchtops contrasting dark-stained wood veneer cabinetry and a blonde wood floor.”

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​​​​​​​To the rear of this kitchen by designer Davinia Sutton, the pantry countertops tuck into side niches within the ancillary space – keeping mess out of sight from the living area. The wine cellar is on show straight ahead.

The body of the kitchen is a T-shape galley space, seamlessly incorporating the appliances into the main work zone. Integrating most appliances, apart from the minimalist ovens and hob, ensures the design is sharp and uncluttered.

In addition, the kitchen’s clean lines, shadow details and simplified design, plus the clever mix of horizontal and vertical lines creates a crisp, urban aesthetic.

To the rear of the kitchen, the large pantry is given even more space by having its work- surfaces and storage tucked into side niches. So while the scullery is on show to the living area, the work surfaces and shelving are not.

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​​​​​​​In this kitchen, a frosted glass door can close off the pantry, leaving only a ghost impression of what lies beyond.

In addition, the entire area can be concealed from the main living area by closing a frosted glass cavity slider when required. The choice of translucent glass ensures a sense of connection to the kitchen even when the door is shut.

Completing the pantry zone is a dramatic wine cellar, offering a striking backdrop to draw the eye past the working area of the kitchen.

“The end result is a kitchen design that’s sleek, streamlined, and a focal point without outweighing the breathtaking outlooks.”

Credit list

Davinia Sutton, Detail By Davinia Sutton
Cabinetry hardware
Inset pull handles by Katalog
French White Oak
Kitchen sink
Stainless Steel Quadra
Schweigen, ceiling mounted
Wine fridge
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Kitchens – Runner-up
Main kitchen – Laminex Allure Ash timber veneer; scullery – Ameron 269 Chalk White lacquer
Caesarstone, Pure White
Scullery splashback
Low iron glass and Resene paint in Grey Friars
Lot by Dornbracht
Gaggenau Induction
Miele, integrated
Miele, integrated

Story by: Charles Moxham

Photography by: Stephen Goodenough

21 Jun, 2019

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