Eclectic charms

Affordable materials balance tone and texture with a sense of play in this kitchen
A view of a kitchen, wooden flooring, cream countertop, cuisine classique, interior design, kitchen, room, under cabinet lighting, gray, black
A view of a kitchen, wooden flooring, cream walls, white cabinetry and draws, white stone benchtop, glass backsplah, many accessories, stainless steel oven and hood, black hob, glass shelving, many spot lights.

Sometimes creating a bold, unusual interior involves a delicate balancing act. Out-of-the-ordinary materials or unusual combinations that find linking elements allow disparate parts to work as a unified whole.

The brief handed to architectural designer Ross Sta Maria for this project was to create something unusual a contemporary, open-plan space that combined a modest budget with a sense of fun.

"I addressed this by working with a variety of modern, economic materials that tied together in different ways tonally, texturally and thematically," says Sta Maria. "There is an industrial feel as well, lightened by a 1950s, retro element."


A view of a kitche and dining areas, architecture, ceiling, countertop, interior design, kitchen, gray, black
A view of a kitche and dining areas, wooden flooring, wooden dining table with black seats, white circular light mounted from the ceiling above the dining suite, cream walls, wooden blinds, white stone bechtops, glass shelving and backsplash, white cabinetry and draws, many accessories, wooden sliding doors to beyond, stainless steel hood, oven, dishwasher, sink, faucetry and fridge, black hob, spot lights.

In thematic terms, the use of mini orb on the island and Archistone on the wall of the nearby dining area wall are strong linear elements that provide a rustic, outdoor link.

"In a sense, there is a feeling of the rural comes to town with these elements," says Sta Maria. "In turn, the use of CaesarStone benchtops augments the natural feel of the Archistone facade. This is enhanced by the choice of warm, brown-toned tiles and the expanse of wood on the sliding cabinetry doors."

Another thematic influence is a retro, almost Austin Powers feel, he says.

A view of a kitche and dining areas, architecture, ceiling, countertop, interior design, kitchen, gray, black
A view of a kitche and dining areas, wooden flooring, wooden dining table with black seats, white circular light mounted from the ceiling above the dining suite, cream walls, wooden blinds, white stone bechtops, glass shelving and backsplash, white cabinetry and draws, many accessories, wooden sliding doors to beyond, stainless steel hood, oven, dishwasher, sink, faucetry and fridge, black hob, spot lights.

"This is most notable in the light-hearted amorphous cutouts on the inner island bench," the architectural designer says. "Another element to the brief was flexibility of use, hence the open-plan space, containing both kitchen and dining area. The introduction of two islands also contributes to the space's flexibility.

Principal elements find balance right across the greater kitchen area through the use of similar-toned materials. The mini orb's sheen is reflected in the refrigerator, range hood and other appliances, the lazy Susan on the front island, and the cabinetry's brushed metal laminate.

"The idea was to give an owner on a modest budget a little of everything," says Sta Maria. "Even the wine holders punched out of the cabinetry add a jaunty, almost nautical feel."

Aug 16, 2005

Credit list

Kitchen designer
Phu Le
Window and door hardware
Affinity from Galvins
Benchtops
CaesarStone in Glacier
Splashback
Painted glass from WA Glasskote
Lighting
Lightingales
Taps
Dorf
Refrigerator
Kleenmaid
Kitchen manufacturer
Precision Cabinets, Acca Stone
Cabinets
Laminex in Mushroom Linea
Flooring
Tiles from Odin Ceramics
Wallcoverings
Painted by Vania Lawson
Sink
Clark
Oven, stove, dishwasher, ventilation
Nobel
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