Divide and rule streamlined entertainer's kitchen by Leonie von Sturmer

Streamlined entertainer's kitchen by Leonie von Sturmer
Story by: Charles Moxham
Kitchen designed by Leonie Von Sturmer of Von furniture, interior design, kitchen, product design, table, white
Kitchen designed by Leonie Von Sturmer of Von Sturmer Design featuring marble benchtops, sleek cabinetry, long drawers, two ovens and refrigerators, and a computer riser.

One way to bring a more human scale to a large kitchen is to break down its forms visually. This might mean adding counter surfaces in two contrasting materials, or finding a fresh way to frame the cabinetry.

This kitchen, by designer Leonie von Sturmer, forms part of a rear-of-house extension that incorporates the outdoor living space and pool to create one long entertainer's area. Von Sturmer says the owner wanted the kitchen to look pristine when entertaining, so all appliances are integrated or relegated to the walk-in pantry, which acts as a discreet workspace.

"I finished most of the kitchen surfaces in white to merge with the greater volume, but I also added contrasting materials that anchor the kitchen and help delineate it," says von Sturmer.


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Kitchen designed by Leonie Von Sturmer of Von Sturmer Design featuring marble benchtops, sleek cabinetry, long drawers, two ovens and refrigerators, and a computer riser.

"The large L-shaped island plays a central role in this. For the long cantilevered section, I chose a durable engineered stone in white this part of the island is used as a breakfast area for the children and includes seating for four.

"However, the shorter counter is a built-up marble slab in black, which gives the impression of a dense, heavy worksurface. This is the area of the island the grownups often gravitate to over drinks. This section has a furniture-like appeal and is an appropriate entry point to the kitchen from the living areas. As a result, the island appears as two separate but connected elements."

The bank of wall cabinets is another substantial element within the long run of rooms. This piece has also been tamed by material contrast here, a stained-timber canopy frames the entire cabinet block, breaking up the serene expanse of white.

Kitchen designed by Leonie Von Sturmer of Von product design, tap, white
Kitchen designed by Leonie Von Sturmer of Von Sturmer Design featuring marble benchtops, sleek cabinetry, long drawers, two ovens and refrigerators, and a computer riser.

"It was important to balance these two forms because the design is so pared back. However, the owner also wanted plenty of storage, which can be tricky in a minimalist kitchen. To solve this, I added large-capacity drawers throughout even the glass backsplash slides back to reveal additional shelving."

Jul 29, 2011

Credit list

Interior designer
Ria Gleeson, Burning Red Design
Cabinetry
Stained oak; Resene BlackWhite lacquer
Hardware
Blum; Grass
Taps
Gessi Oxygene from Metrix for island; Paini Cox tap in scullery
Oven, ventilation
Smeg
Countertop hardware
Computer riser from
Feature lighting
Custom by Burning Red Design from ECC
Kitchen designer
Leonie von Sturmer DINZ, NKBA, Von Sturmer Design
Splashback
Glass with integrated cupboards
Benchtops
Sahara Noir marble from Granite Workshop; CaesarStone in Ice Snow, from E Stone
Kitchen sink
Custom stainless steel, fabricated by Crosbie Stainless
Refrigeration
Leibherr, integrated
Flooring
Tiles from Jacobsen
Table setting
Bauhaus
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