Contemporary functionality combines with the good bones of classic cabinetry design

The homeowners loved the look of upmarket Kinloch Lodge and this material-rich traditional kitchen achieved just such a solid, classic aesthetic

Light, white, modern and responsive is one way to go with a kitchen design, while evoking a sense of traditional good looks, solidity and material quality is another. This kitchen by designer Shane George fuses contemporary functionality with the good bones of classic cabinetry design.

“The brief for this kitchen – for a family with four children – was for it to take centre stage in a large extension to an original cottage that sits on the shore of Lake Taupo,” says George. “The owners had already enjoyed traditional kitchens in their previous homes, and wanted to keep with a classic theme for this one.”

Plus, one owner is a big fan of historic Kinloch Lodge, so the couple wanted something that had some drama and presence.

“In fact, to this end, before the design had begun, one owner had purchased a large freestanding range, which he loved, and a large French-door fridge-freezer.”

​​​​​​​This kitchen is spacious and easy to use gray, black
​​​​​​​This kitchen is spacious and easy to use with plenty of bench space, including under the windows to provide natural task lighting. The butler sink is a classic inclusion while the on-show oven and cooktop are from the classic French La Cornue range. The cohesive design also includes crackled sage-coloured tiles for the splashback and brass Perrin & Rowe cabinet handles, along with recessed pulls, further adding to the kitchen’s overall sense of refinement.

Other requests were for an integrated dishwasher and enough space for a second oven for when entertaining. However, luckily no space for a microwave was required, as the owners don’t ever use one.

“To create the classic looks and drama the owners wanted, we used dark-stained, solid oak cabinetry,” says the designer.

The oak wood’s deep brown colour also helped to ground the kitchen within what was an expansive open space with an abundance of natural light.

“Plus, the mix of upmarket bronze knobs and pull-handles on the cabinetry further helped to generate visual interest.”

​​​​​​​This kitchen’s darker tones make perfect sense within gray
​​​​​​​This kitchen’s darker tones make perfect sense within the light-filled surroundings. The wall cabinetry steps out beside the oven, helping to draw attention to the freestanding French appliance, as does the custom aged-metal rangehood above.

Naturally, the chunky granite island bench contributed greatly to the classic air.

Shane George also wanted to make a prominent feature of the beautiful, freestanding range the owner had purchased.

“To draw attention to this appliance, we designed a custom rangehood with a metallic finish.”

In another defining move, the benchtop depth was increased around the stove, helping to pull it forward as a feature. This also helps break up what would otherwise be just a very long run of bench.

Classic crackled subway tiles for the splashback completed the look.

Credit list

Shane George, Kitchens by Design
Titanium granite, leathered
Butler sink, from In Residence
La Cornue Range, from FL Bone; Miele
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Kitchens – Highly Commended
Stained oak, panel door, integrated handle
Drawer runners
Sage Crackle Tile, from The Tile People
Perrin & Rowe, from In Residence
La Cornue, from FL Bone
Fisher & Paykel
Stained oak

Story by: Charles Moxham

Photography by: Jamie Cobel

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