Glossy modern entertainers kitchen

This project has two faces a practical family workspace, and all the gloss and presence appropriate to entertaining

Rich orange wood veneer balances jet black engineered architecture, house, interior design, living room, real estate, gray
Rich orange wood veneer balances jet black engineered stone in this open-plan kitchen by designer Jasmine McClelland.

With benchtops and cabinets creating the lion's share of the impact in a kitchen, it's worth taking your time and making material choices carefully. For example, just as a sparkling black cocktail dress instantly conjures up evening glamour, so will glossy black cabinetry.

As the owners of this kitchen have four children and an energetic social life, they asked designer Jasmine McClelland to create a seamless blend of family functionality and entertainment chic.

The kitchen successfully meets both these needs through careful space planning, the choice of finishes, and attention to day-to-day functionality.

"In a sense, this kitchen hides in plain sight," says McClelland. "To downplay the functional aspects in visual terms, we created three main divisions and elements. The central, self-contained bar area, set into the wall, is ideally situated for parties. It is close to the island, which can act as a serving counter, and is only a couple of steps from the dining table.

Appliance alley in entertainers kitchen architecture, glass, house, interior design, window, orange
Appliance alley in entertainers kitchen

"The large island looks much like a piece of furniture or a sculpture, and the perimeter workspace that runs along in front of the window resembles a deep window ledge. This benchtop retreats into a passageway that leads to the laundry and the back door. Most of the storage and appliances are integrated into this area, out of sight of the open living spaces."

The kitchen's dual roles are reflected in the materials. Warm caramel-coloured True-Grain Veneer on the cabinet fronts contrasts with the sleek sheen of the black quartz on the island and bar area. The niche below the cantilevered benchtop is in the same veneer as the perimeter cabinets, and the dark stone is complemented by black blinds and pendant light fittings. This black and tan palette continues throughout the home, including the entry foyer behind a glass wall and in the cabinetry upstairs.

The three sections of the kitchen connect with each other visually in other ways, too.

"To create aesthetic balance, the custom rangehood extends the length of the benchtop beneath. Together with the suspended, cantilevered island bench, this creates a luminous and dynamic room," says McClelland.

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The cantilevered island countertop echoes the custom stainless steel rangehood in this kitchen designed by Jasmine McClelland.

And despite its size, the rangehood also plays something of a disappearing act. Its long, slender form does not call attention to itself, and the reflective stainless steel picks up on its immediate surroundings.

To address the functional requirements, practical elements, including storage and appliances, are set on or near the perimeter of the space. All cabinets feature Blum Servo-Drive hardware. The project won the Kitchen and Bathroom Designers Institute Large Kitchen of the Year Award for 2013.

Credit list

Interior designer and kitchen designer
Jasmine McClelland HIA, KBDI, BDAV, AEDA, Jasmine McClelland Design (Burnley, Vic)
True Grain Veneer in Caramel, 2-pack satin in Dulux Black
Glass Starphire
Blum Servo-Drive touch catches, Blum Orga-Line TandemBox motorised roller door; Häfele floor-mounted accessory pull
Custom rangehood
Cooktop and ovens
KBDI Large Kitchen of the Year, Victoria 2013
Kitchen manufacturer
Quantum Quartz
Halo Spot III, Triple bank
Franke Kubus
Fisher & Paykel; Vintec; Brema
Fisher & Paykel, available from Kitchen Things

Story by: Charles Moxham

30 May, 2014

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