An exotic Macchiato quartz stone led the material design choices for this contemporary kitchen – the result is a calm yet stand-out aesthetic

Designed by Carlielle Kitchens

From the designer:

Project summary

Originally the owners requested an industrial styled kitchen with black & white cabinetry, marbled bench tops and steel accents. 

However, once they saw the unique Macchiato quartz their plan changed, with the interior scheme adapting to complement the colour tones in the stone. 

The result is a kitchen with a calm and natural palette that flows through the home's living areas, laundry, and bathrooms.

Design highlights

The majority of the kitchen and scullery feature recessed negative detail handles so as to not detract from the cabinetry – however bronze handles were chosen for the integrated fridge & dishwasher to add a warm accent to complement the quartz, veneer and selected tapware. 

Corian Glacier White was used for all the benchtops throughout. 

The main reason for this was to make use of Corian’s seamless joins due to the length of the back benchtop that spans from kitchen to scullery, with no barriers. 

The Glacier White Corian kept the material elements to a minimum, highlighting the Macchiato quartz as the main feature of the kitchen with its use on the kitchen splashback and island.  

Floating shelves were introduced to create a more airy, open feel above the bench while not restricting the natural light filtering through the full height window. 

The shelving not only breaks up the section of wall cabinets but also allows the owner to add visual interest through display items. 

The shelves added another textural dimension using the Vidaspace Shinnoki Cinnamon Triba veneer, which complements the coffee-coloured veining through the Macchiato quartz and contrasts against the lighter coloured timber floor & ceiling.   

The homeowner requested a charging point to eliminate the need for tablets etc to sit on bench – a Hafele docking drawer was added to a drawer in the scullery to meet this requirement. 

We also introduced a drop down Evoline port in an overhead cupboard to remove the need for any power points in the granite splashback.  

Within the design process there was much discussion with the builder of how to handle the transition across the full height window. 

The 30mm thick quartz splashback of the kitchen changes to 12mm tiles of the scullery, at the junction of the window jamb and the benchtops. 

Credit list

Cabinetry hardware
Blum soft closing hinges; Blum Tandembox Antaro Silk White soft closing drawers; Blum HK lift up mechanisms; Blum pull-out bin set; Hafele docking trio to drawer
30mm thick macchiato quartz with polished finish and book match join – supplied by Universal Stone; designded, fabricated and installed by SCE Stone
Armando Vicario, from Franklins
Fisher & Paykel
Water dispenser
Zenith Hydrotap
Stefano Orlati
Fronts & panels – Melteca Malibu with satin finish; floating shelves – Vidaspace Shinnoki Cinnamon Triba pre-finished veneer; internals – Carlielle Neptune System
Corian Glacier White, 50mm, mitred
Kitchen sink
Corian, from APT
Oven, cooktop, ventilation
Neff, from Kitchen Things
AEG / Fisher & Paykel, from Harvey Norman
Bespoke bandsawn engineered oak timber
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Kitchens – Highly Commended

Designed by: Carlielle Kitchens

Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: Jamie Cobel

24 Sep, 2023

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