A Staron solid surface island with fluted surfaces and central pop-up holds court in this kitchen while splashback tiles echo the expansive sea outlooks

Designed by Concepts by Gavin Hepper

From the designer:

Inspired by the dramatic beauty of our coastline, our kitchen showcases innovation in design and functionality to deliver a stunning space for this family to gather.   

It replaces an impractical, 90s style kitchen which had a large bulkhead and rangehood over the kitchen island, obstructing the view.  

Restricted in terms of the relocation of services due to the concrete subfloor, we retained the existing footprint of this large brick rendered 2 storey home.   

As well as a low maintenance family kitchen that is high on functionality and storage, the family also wanted to introduce colour into the space – plus the owners are quite detail orientated with a keen interest in technology.

The centrepiece of this renovation is the kitchen island, providing form, texture and grandeur in its visual impact.   

Exploring the boundaries in innovation-in-design and manufacturing we specified Staron solid surfaces.  

Appearing as one complete solid piece, thermoformed into the flowing curves and sculpted into our design, this incredible piece of furniture is stain resistant, durable and hygienic.  

Details and advantages include the soft curves and opposing angles of the island, a seamless look with cladded drawer fronts and an incredible centre storage element on hydraulic lift.   

Staron has been used on the perimeter benchtop surfaces also, where it is again wrapped and formed around curves and extends down into the sink to provide a truly seamless integration and design experience.

Flush fitting the induction cooktop into the Staron, consistent with the design and flow of the sink, provided a visually seamless plane across the kitchen. 

Our choice of the mosaic/kitkat tiles provides a cohesiveness in colour and a subtle repetition of lines and curves, echoing the ripples and movement of the ocean.

To capitalise on the views from the kitchen we removed the existing servery window, replacing it with a motorised retractable blind, and extended the Staron benchtops from the kitchen sink area through to the servery – connecting it to outdoor lifestyle entertaining.

This kitchen provides the family with true AM to PM versatility – the island centre lift-up designated to the breakfast zone for the kids, the working kitchen, and a customised bar/entertaining section too, concealed behind pocket doors that can be closed off when the bar is not in use.   

We also incorporated the Hettich Avantech You drawer and storage systems to maximise storage capacity while meeting organisational requirements and optimising functionality.

Provenance and connection to our homes is very important to us – from taking inspiration from the local, iconic lighthouse and headland to shape the curved fluting in the underbenchto our customised colour scheme of ocean tones that connect with the dramatic ocean seascapes.  

Walk through this well-connected kitchen

Credit list

Cabinetry hardware
Hettich - Avantech You system
Mosaic kitkat tiles by Design Tiles
Staron-integrated Antergra undermount
Floodlight Australia
LG (existing)
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Kitchens – Highly Commended
Laminex, melamine EO, Sublime Teak Chalk finish
Staron Solid Surfaces
Island lift systems
Lincoln Sentry
Industrie Tapwear
Ariston undermount rangehood; curved rangehood box Cladding by That Metal Company
Wine fridge

Designed by: Concepts by Gavin Hepper

Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: Ben Greaves

23 Apr, 2023

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