Contemporary, open-plan kitchen with battens on island and variety of benchtops

Modern, two-tone kitchen by designer Natalie Du Bois with pantry, green glass splashback, and stainless steel toekicks
Story by: Charles Moxham Photography by: Kallan MacLeod
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Divide and rule this kitchen renovation by Natalie Du Bois has several dedicated zones, including a television station tucked in beside the island.

Multiple dedicated work zones and multiple surface finishes could be tricky to juggle in a kitchen project. However, it's just these kinds of challenges that bring out the best in a designer.

For this project, by designer Natalie Du Bois, the client wanted a multifunctional kitchen that would release them from the constraints of their tired, u-shaped kitchen designed in the eighties.

"By reconfiguring the space occupied by the existing kitchen and laundry, we were able to create a number of dedicated work zones an area for preparing hot and cold drinks, a private pantry, and a discreet television area, together with bar seating and an informal dining area while still preserving the laundry," says Du Bois.


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This walk-in pantry continues the two-tone theme of the kitchen, with the drinks station set beside it, just out of public view. Handle-free cabinetry adds to the minimalist look.

For the overall look and feel, the client requested a white-themed kitchen contrasted with dark timber. However, they were open to using texture and colour to create interest.

"We introduced both in a variety of ways, including contrasting white lacquered cabinets with both the horizontal-battened charcoal stained door panels and the mitred battens that wrap around the central island."

In addition, a variety of benchtop materials was used for the different work zones. Dark granite on the back bench was chosen to highlight the serene marine green glass tiles on the splashback above and to allow the hob to blend in. The pantry is kept clean and minimalist by the combination of a crisp white engineered stone benchtop matched with charcoal timber cabinets and pale green lacquered back panels and coloured glass.

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Beside marrying a number of textures and colours, this kitchen also reflects a wealth of painstaking detail for example, the mitred battens run right round to the back of the island.

"We placed emphasis on the island taking centre stage by using Princess White quartzite in a textured, leather finish. This stone has soft green tones that pick up on the sea green of the splashback directly behind the island," she says.

The natural wood floor grounds the two-tone design, while the shiny stainless steel toekicks complement the tapware and ovens.

Mar 11, 2016

Credit list

Designer
Natalie Du Bois,
Carcasses
Stained American Oak to interiors of top cabinets and pantry units; other carcasses in white melamine
Sinks
Main kitchen Sergio UBD 790; drinks area, Sergio UB S250
Hardware
Blum Intivo, Blum Servo and Blum Aventos
Toekicks
Brushed stainless steel
Lighting
Cabinets, LED strip lights; pendants, Flos
Dishwasher
Asko
Beverage centre
Vintec
Cabinetry
High gloss cut and buff lacquer; stained charcoal timber panel; quarter-cut American oak battens
Benchtops
Island, leathered Princess White quartzite; perimeter and drinks area, Honed Angola Black; pantry, Caesarstone Snow
Tap
Dornbracht Tara Ultra with rinsing spray
Handles
Scalloped negative detail
Bins
Drinks area, Hideaway bin; main kitchen,Hafele Euro Cargo with Servo Drive
Splashback tiles
Mint by Southern Cross
Refrigerator/freezer
Liebherr
Waste
InSinkErator
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