A furniture-look cube shaped island connects kitchen and living in this design with dining also a strong part of the equation

Designed by Davinia Sutton, Detail By Davinia Sutton

From the designer:

The homeowners desired a kitchen that would be somewhere their family and friends would want to linger.

The design needed to respect their architecturally designed home – a functional, uncluttered kitchen which stayed true to the boldness of the striking modern architecture and cityscape views beyond.

The kitchen is located to the side of an open plan living space and incorporates a dining zone.

Taking advantage of this spatial placement, the kitchen design is set out in an L shape format.

A long bench encompasses the length of the back-wall area and houses the wash, cooking and prep zones.

Practical storage is hidden below benchtop level, minimising clutter and maintaining clean, simple lines, a look enhanced by the use of integrated appliances. 

On the adjacent wall, tall elements are grouped together to retain a modern aesthetic.

These house refrigeration, wall ovens and an essential working pantry requirement.

The pantry is hidden behind bi-folding doors, enhancing the access to the on-bench storage space.

A cube shaped island bench in the foreground houses an extra prep surface with site lines to the cityscape views.

The island, detailed like a piece of furniture, links the kitchen zone to the living with the use of a dining element.

Intercepting the prep bench, the solid table provides an interesting contrast in form and anchors the dining element within the space.

A restricted palette of American white oak timber paired with the matt white lacquer joinery fronts provides a sense of warmth to the main kitchen design.

Matt dark porcelain was selected to be a practical worktop and splashback surface.

Attention to detail can be seen in the aged liquid metal finish applied to the island fronts. This moody finish plays on the juxtaposition of form in the island elements.

The result is a design that incorporates the use of colour, light and texture to enhance the space and modern form – essentially, the kitchen uses strong structural forms to complement the modern architectural context in this family home.

Credit list

Cabinetry hardware
Blum and Hafele
Kitchen sink
Oven; cooktop; dishwasher; refrigerator; wine fridge
Fisher & Paykel
Matt paint lacquer – Liquid metal; and American white oak veneer
Dekton and Custom American white oak
Solid American white oak, from Timbers of New Zealand
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Kitchens – Highly Commended

Designed by: Sutton working

Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: Stephen Goodenough

08 Aug, 2021

Pocket systems for new space concepts

Home kitchen bathroom commercial design

Latest Post

21 Apr, 2024

21 Apr, 2024

21 Apr, 2024

We know the Specialists

Related Book


Here's all the inspiration, ideas and information you need to get started on your Kitchen

Read More

Similar Stories