Clean-lined two-tone brown and white kitchen connects well with surroundings

This contemporary kitchen packs in a wealth of functionality but at the same time presents a strong, pared-back aesthetic

Story by: Charles Moxham Photography by: Red Images Fine Photography
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This minimalist kitchen has recessed cabinet handles while the wrap-around countertops help to keep the cabinetry forms simple.

Balance is pivotal in kitchen design, whether in terms of material choices or even in regard to the space allocated for cabinetry or floor space. This kitchen balances both these factors and also finds a mid point between on show and discreet.

Designed by Craig Steere Architects with Mark de Rozario as design architect , the Corian and veneer kitchen reflects the crisp, modern lines of the home itself.

“As well as offering clean lines, it also echoes the rest of the house in terms of its material palette,” says de Rozario. “The Navurban veneer of the cabinetry is repeated on the batten screen that separates the kitchen from the entry and on other cabinetry through the home.

“And, the crisp white Corian on the bench-tops is also seen on the bathroom vanities.”

The two-tone palette mainly comprises the white benchtops framing the veneer cabinetry. However, in a pleasing inversion of this, the perimeter bulkhead is in the same Navurban veneer and frames the white splashback.


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Limestone tiles provide an elegant floor surface to complement the Corian surfaces and Navurban veneer in this contemporary kitchen by Craig Steere Architects. The barbecue area mirrors the indoor perimeter cabinetry – a cavity slider that doubles as a splashback can be drawn aside to create a servery window between the indoor and outdoor kitchens.

The kitchen also works well with its close surroundings. While the screen provides partial separation from the lift area, the kitchen is open to, and only a few steps from, the dining area.

And it has a strong connection to the outdoor barbecue area, too. A cavity slider splashback window draws back out of sight to create a servery out to the al fresco cooking area.

“The owners also wanted extended sightlines to the outdoors so only the wall cabinetry in this ground floor area is above waist height.”

Due to the broad use of the veneer and Corian the kitchen has a warm, natural appeal. However, it also creates a minimalist aesthetic through touches like the recessed handles on the cabinets and the wrap-around countertops, which simplify the cabinet forms even further.

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This minimalist kitchen has recessed cabinet handles while the wrap-around countertops help to keep the cabinetry forms simple.

“The benchtops aren’t strictly waterfall,” says de Rozario. “At a closer look, the chunky sides are matched with a slim benchtop that is separated from them visually by a 4mm join.”

And the kitchen is as hard-working as it is well connected. Despite presenting a simple face to the dining area it includes a generous scullery at the rear, a cellar, a coffee station, large prep areas and the usual complement of appliances.

Aug 14, 2018

Credit list

Architect
Mark de Rozario, Craig Steere Architects
Cabinetry hardware
Blum, Hafele, Hettich
Kitchen sink
Franke
Oven
Asko
Ventilation
Qasair
Dishwasher
Asko
Lighting
Alti Lighting
Cabinetry
Navurban Windsor veneer board; custom cabinetry detail by cabinetmaker Eurotrend
Benchtops/splashbacks
Corian
Taps
Abey Armando
Cooktop
Miele
Refrigeration
Liebherr
Floor
Steel ball blasted Spanish limestone supplied by Milano Stone
Awards
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Kitchens – Highly Commended
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