Contemporary kitchen forms part of a larger modern renovation to a heritage home

This kitchen downplays its functionality, letting sculptural forms and materials draw the eye

Story by: Charles Moxham Photography by: Michael Kai
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Sculptural and solid in marble and wood, the island in this kitchen stands out in contrast to the matt black wall behind it. The polished concrete floor ideally complements both the natural wood and the veined Carrara marble.

This clean-lined kitchen, designed by architect Matthew Murfett of Mitsuori Architects forms part of a larger modern renovation to a heritage home.

“The owners wanted a comfortable and functional family kitchen to reflect the wider contemporary, minimalist aesthetic and also their preference for black joinery,” says Murfett.

Two key zones comprise the new kitchen – the main, open-plan workspace and, alongside, a utility-pantry-laundry room. The latter doubles as a mudroom and informal entry to the home. 

“The main kitchen area creates a backdrop to the family living space while the pantry and utility area is concealed behind a timber wall and remains largely out of sight,” Murfett says. “The refrigerator and freezer are both contained within the side wall that divides the rooms."


”Integrating the appliances behind the wood wall allowed for an uninterrupted six-metre long kitchen perimeter bench at the back of the kitchen proper – another requirement of the brief."

The rear benchtop, splashback, cabinetry and wall ovens are all completely black – providing a recessive end wall to the open-plan space. 

“The benchtop and splashback are in Dekton, used to create the matt black finish and also tie in with the fireplace hearth and an external seating element in the same material,” says Murfett. 

Standing out in contrast to the matt black wall is the white Carrara marble island – the centrepiece of the kitchen. From the living area this appears as a monolithic sculptural element. The substantial marble benchtop operates as a worksurface, while the lower, cantilevered wooden bench serves as a breakfast counter.

The kitchen’s hidden pantry, fully integrated refrigeration and matt black rear wall together downplay the kitchen’s functionality visually.

May 11, 2018

Credit list

Mitsuori Architects; design team: Matthew Murfett, Melissa Lim and Rhodri Thomas
Hafele Table and benchtops
8mm Dekton ultra compact surface; Carrara marble natural stone; American Oak veneer; and Caesarstone in the utility room
Oven, cooktop
Wine fridge
Cabinet hardware
2-pac paint with matt finish and American Oak veneer
Dekton Kitchen sink
Fisher & Paykel
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Kitchens – Winner





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