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Dark and moody with an industrial level extractor in the mix, this kitchen creates a thoroughly modern workspace within a classic villa

Designed by Shane George, Shane George Design

From the designer:

This kitchen, in an historic, double-storey villa in Ponsonby, was given a thoroughly modern makeover. 

My homeowners, who are in the food industry, used the words, ‘dark’ and ‘moody’ when describing the look they wanted. 

Both are keen cooks, so this dictated the appliance selection and its functionality.  

Hence the four cooktop modules: gas, grill, teppanyaki and induction – an industrial scale extractor was also needed.

A particular challenge for this kitchen was to accommodate the industrial scale extraction system. 

The large ducting is housed and hidden in the top cabinetry and runs down to the underfloor motor units. 

Also in the ducting area, a trough was formed to hide the pots for the extensive indoor plants on view.


A new space was allocated for the kitchen which is basically in the centre of the home – the dining/family room flows from the kitchen at one end, and from there out to the rear yard, with its pool and pool house.

The opposite end of the kitchen is a formal living room accessed through glass French doors.

This kitchen is open to view from the rest of the living areas, so a pared-back, integrated aesthetic was also required. 

The Negresco granite island reads as a solid block of stone, with ‘hidden’ seating for two at one end. 

A bank of open-grain, dark-stained Ash timber cabinetry sits behind the island, containing the integrated fridge, cooktop and storage. 

Above the cooktop blackened steel plate doors hide the extractor while next to the chimney bricks, a slide-away door hides a small appliance garage.

Early on, my homeowners talked about wanting a strip of plants above the cabinetry, not only to soften the mass of cabinetry, but also to accentuate the height of the room. 

As part of this, an integrated stainless steel trough was manufactured to accommodate the plant pots.

Credit list

Cabinetry hardware
Blum; Katalog handles
Flooring
Existing, refinished
Kitchen sink
B & F
Oven, cooktop, refrigeration, dishwashers
Gaggenau
Awards
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Kitchens – Highly Commended
Cabinetry
Custom
Lighting
Buster and Punch; LED
Taps
Perrin and Rowe
Ventilation
Rangehood Solutions

Designed by: Shane George Design

Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: Olivia Atkinson

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