Farmhouse kitchen renovation has steel benchtops, cabinets and shelving

Family kitchen renovation gives more space and light and uses steel plate – steel drawers, steel shelving

Story by: Paul Taylor Photography by: Jamie Cobel
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In renovating this family kitchen, designer Melanie Craig introduced an industrial look through the use of materials such as steel and the stitched leather on the island front and sides.

You might expect a typical traditional design would be the response for a new kitchen in an 80-year-old home on a working sheep farm. But that's not what the owners asked designer Melanie Craig for in this renovation project.

"They wanted something different, but without losing the integrity of the New Zealand farm cottage style," she says. "We went to them with a steel plate sample and the design took off from there."

The result is a structured, industrial aesthetic – a contemporary look that still fits in with the concept and function of a farmhouse kitchen.

Raw 3mm steel plate backing frames the drawer fronts and is layered with an 18mm lacquered black front fixed on top of the steel. Chunky brushed steel handles enhance the distinctive look.

The island stands on a raw blued-steel base and legs. Stitched black leather wraps around the front and sides of the island, giving a textural backdrop to the oak and steel bar stools.


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The existing kitchen in this 80-year-old farmhouse was disconnected from family living. Opening it up has given better flow to the space.

The 3mm steel plate is a recurring element in the design and is also used to wrap the ventilation unit. The open shelves on either side of the unit are steel framed, with an inset, punched steel base.

One of the keys to the functional success of the design was the opening up of the old kitchen and dining rooms to create a much lighter space with better flow.

The transition between these two spaces is marked by a tall glass and timber display unit, which is stained black and waxed, plus low-hung, industrial steel pendants finished in matt black.

Sep 12, 2018

Credit list

Kitchen design
Melanie Craig, Melanie Craig Design
Benchtops
Stainless steel and Glacier Corian
Splashback
White Deli Tile, bevelled edge
Taps
Plumbline New Road Rise Spray
Awards
Trends International Design Award (TIDA) – Kitchens – Highly Commended
Cabinetry
3mm steel plate finished with bees wax; black lacquered MDF; steel mesh
Lighting
Melanie Craig Design Bucket Pendants
Kitchen sink
Mercer
Oven, cooktop, fridge
Fisher & Paykel
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