This dramatic kitchen's strong, simple lines showcase the beauty of marble while sliding doors conceal a scullery with touches of the same rich stone

Designed by Morgan Cronin, Cronin Kitchens

 From the designer:

 Client brief

This kitchen design was the first step towards a family villa undergoing a complete renovation. 

I was engaged early on to re-design the kitchen within the existing 17-year-old space. 

The only structural change was removing the wall separating the laundry from the kitchen to allow for a walk-in scullery. 

The scullery was to be the more practical space, concealed behind sliding doors, while the kitchen was to be the showpiece. 

My homeowners wanted a modern, minimalist ‘architectural’ look with warm materials and tones. 

They loved the look of marble and wanted a marble sink to be a feature on the island. 

The island was to be treated more like a piece of furniture than a kitchen, with seating at one end. 

Many of the appliances had already been purchased.

Soon after the new kitchen was designed, an architect was engaged to update the back-end of the house, which included improving the skylight above the kitchen and consistent ceiling levels throughout the kitchen and living room. 

Designer’s response

The beauty of natural stone certainly makes the required statement on the island, with cantilevered seating at one end balanced by a heavy stone block (with integrated sink) at the other, while all appearing to hover delicately above the floor on just four, fine black-metal posts.

To continue the drama, all of the oak cabinetry has mitred corners and is designed to line up with the 3.3m ceiling height. 

The expansive width of the kitchen’s back wall is exaggerated by a lack of interruption and minimal detail.

Credit list

Cabinetry hardware
Blum Terra Black Legra Box drawers with Servo-drive opening; walnut cutlery trays and utensil dividers; knife block and bottle tray set; Blum black hinges; Hafele NinkaOne2Five anthracite bins 2 x 26L; pantry doors folding on Hettich Wing line bi-fold track
American Oak (existing)
Kitchen – Paonazzo honed marble, from SCE Stone & Design; scullery – Ikon Sink station IK8750 (430mm x 750mm)
Miele oven; Miele combi/steam oven; Miele warmer drawer
Qasair integrated extractor
F&P integrated tall single dishdrawer; Miele fully integrated (x2)
¼ Cut Oak, wire brushed veneer on MREO board, 19mm thick from Prime Panels; all oak stained and coated with a clear matte finish polyurethane by Wallace Furniture Finishers; overcupboard doors – clad in 6mm low iron etchlite with painted backing to match Resene Bokara Grey by Image Glass; 3mm thick mild folded steel with matte black ace powder-coat finish by Wrought Iron Specialists; black melamine on MREO board from Mulford Plastics
Benchtop and splashback
Paonazzo honed marble, from SCE Stone & Design
Brightlight LED, warm white COB fitted within Lowline 01 matte black channel
Taps/water dispensers
Kitchen – Cea Design Satin Stainless MIL202S, pull out spray, from Elemento; hot/cold water dispenser, Dornbracht Tara Ultra in stainless steel finish’ from Metrix; scullery – Cea Design Satin Stainless MIL203S, pull out spray, from Elemento
Miele induction
Miele integrated fridge/freezer; Miele integrated fridge/freezer with ice; Liebherr integrated underbench pull-out fridge
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Kitchens – Runner Up

Designed by: Morgan Cronin, Cronin Kitchens

Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: Kallan MacLeod

21 May, 2023

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