Contemporary kitchen for two cooks by Darren James

Strong textures in modern kitchen by Darren James, with marble-clad peninsula and stacked solid cedar divider

Story by: Charles Moxham
Strong textures in modern kitchen by Darren James, cabinetry, countertop, cuisine classique, interior design, kitchen, white
Strong textures in modern kitchen by Darren James, with marble-clad peninsula and stacked solid cedar divider

Setting up a new kitchen for a couple who cook together requires deft space planning. It also helps to have two of almost everything.

This kitchen by Darren James was designed for owners who wanted to bring the colors and textures of the outdoors inside. They also requested a layout that would let them both prep and cook without getting under each other's feet. A modest home office was to be another aspect of the renovation.

It was decided to position a new pantry and the study at the end of the kitchen, says James.


Modern kitchen for two cooks cabinetry, countertop, cuisine classique, home appliance, interior design, kitchen, white
Modern kitchen for two cooks

"We found the extra space by appropriating a bedroom that sat a few steps higher. Ceilings were aligned and new flooring was laid to match the existing kitchen floor.

"A lot of the planning was based on the way the couple operate together. In response, I designed a large peninsula with two identical prep stations. Each has its own butcher's block, sink, and an electronic pop-up utility station for knives, spices and oils. Both areas have drainage grooves routed into the countertop to prevent water getting to the cooktop or pop-ups.

"A separate stainless steel workstation on the wall behind is used for larger prep jobs."

Strong textures in modern kitchen by Darren James, cabinetry, countertop, cuisine classique, interior design, kitchen, white
Strong textures in modern kitchen by Darren James, with marble-clad peninsula and stacked solid cedar divider

The design separates the various cooking options a cooktop is on the island, ovens are on the perimeter wall, and a teppanyaki plate and deep fryer are in the scullery.

To bring in a sense of the natural world, James chose marble cladding for the peninsula and avocado-colored tiles for the backsplash. The designer also introduced a panel of stacked solid cedar, stained in Half Walnut, adding texture and creating a warm, inviting nook for the home office.

However, with double prep stations, many cooking options and the stainless steel rear countertop, the kitchen has a semi-industrial feel. The pantry features stainless steel and cedar open shelving, adding to this impression.

Mar 03, 2014

Credit list

Cabinetry
Dulux gloss polyurethane in Grand Piano, handle recess in Black; peninsula cladding, Maroon Venus marble; custom butchers blocks in end-grain Australian hardwood; pantry shelving, stainless steel frame and stained cedar shelves
Backsplash
Avocado tile
Storage systems
Custom stainless steel lift-up system by Ultralift; Blum
Refrigerator and wine fridge
Liebherr
Faucets
Franke Centinox and Maxxis
Flooring
Brushbox solid wood
Hardware
Blum
Countertops
Corian Earth, stainless steel
Ventilation
Wolf; Neff
Sink
Franke Peak and welded stainless steel
Lighting
Lighcore Lighting
Wall coverings
Cedar in Half Walnut stain by Stackpanel
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