Compact kitchen makes bold statement

This highly functional space is by Colin Wright of Porcelanosa Studio

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The peninsula is supported by concealed steel and a fine aluminum frame. A narrow Corian countertop and negative detailing a solid aluminum strip around the cabinetry beneath the countertop surface help create a floating effect. Keeping the floor clear makes the entire space seem larger.

With the right design, even a small kitchen can make a big impact, as this project shows.

Designer Colin Wright of Porcelanosa Studio says the project was influenced by the original kitchen in the same spot.

"The existing kitchen had an ungainly boxed soffit below the ceiling, and an equally unattractive corrugated steel backsplash. Because we didn't know if these elements were concealing services and ducting, I chose to incorporate a wall cavity to allow for any potential obstacles, and the repositioning of all services."

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Geometric forms define this new kitchen designed by Colin Wright, who teamed precast concrete wall panels with cabinets by Porcelanosa Group in Marengo oak and white lacquer.

The wood framing was clad with concrete panels that resemble a rendered concrete wall. This complements the new concrete floor, enhancing the minimalist, industrial look the owners wanted.

To bring a sculptural feel to the wall, Wright introduced a long niche, and extended the lower concrete wall beyond the upper paneling.

"This helps to dovetail the kitchen with the dining area," he says.

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Highly functional kitchen by Colin Wright of Porcelanosa Studio

The cabinetry, which is by Porcelanosa Group, reinforces the sculptural look a long peninsula turns at right angles to create an L-shaped work top. The main cabinets feature a dark Marengo oak veneer, while the peninsula and overhead cabinets are a matte white lacquer. Together they create a strong visual composition.

"The peninsula sits on a narrow aluminum frame, but is supported by steel within the cabinetry," says Wright. "However, the overall effect is of a light, floating element that is nicely juxtaposed with the owners' heavy, rustic wood dining table. The effect is enhanced by negative detailing on the Corian countertop an aluminum strip runs beneath the countertop, so it appears to float. This also meant we could have recessed pulls on the doors to keep the look very streamlined."

Storage is maximized by the cabinetry and high-end hardware systems.

Credit list

Kitchen designer
Colin Wright, Porcelanosa Studio (Sydney)
Gamadecor by Porcelanosa Group featuring Marengo oak and matte white lacquer
Storage systems
Concrete by Concreative
St George
Kitchen manufacturer
Porcelanosa Studio
Corian by Manooga
Oven, cooktop, refrigeration and dishwasher
KBDI NSW Kitchen Design of the Year – Medium Kitchen 2013

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