Kitchen renovation adds new functionality and personality

This reinvented kitchen combines strong, simple forms with a strong, simple colour palette features include improved connections and ample storage

Story by: Charles Moxham Photography by: Johnny Angel
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Rear wall cabinetry in white glass with a gloss finish contrasts both the new, improved island with a matt black glass finish and the black-painted bulkhead in this contemporary, two-tone kitchen renovation by Pepper Design.

Keep it strong, keep it fresh, and keep it simple could be the drivers behind the design of this dramatic kitchen, designed by Nikki Rankin at Pepper Design.

"Prior to this refit, the existing kitchen had uncharacteristically not been tired or dated," says Rankin. "On the contrary, it was bright, white and smart but, it lacked storage space and a sense of connection to the adjacent outdoor space."

Working within the same footprint, Rankin introduced the require functionality and added personality to the new kitchen.

"The rear wall of the kitchen has a long window and this led the overall design," says Rankin. "We created a slender powder-coated black steel frame and shelving around the black window frame to create a display shelf and hide the rangehood."


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As part of this kitchen renovation, the reinvented island is longer than the original one and runs almost right up to the sliding doors, strengthening the link to the outdoors and providing a service point for the deck which is often used for entertaining.

The rangehood body is in a porcelain marble-look finish and stands out as a feature. The minimalist base cabinets are comprised of compartmentalised drawers which together with the pantry provided the required storage.

"The flush-mounted induction cooktop adds to the overall minimalist effect."

The island has been lengthened and simplified, resulting in a long countertop that increases the feeling of space. And by eliminating the seldom used circulation space between the sliding doors and the shorter existing island the designer was able to improve the flow from inside to out and create a servery to service the deck."

The slender island and rear benchtops are both in heat-proof Dekton, making ideal landing surfaces for pots straight from the cooktop or ovens.

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On this project by Pepper Design, the existing wood veneer side wall with integrated pantry door in the same finish is original and was retained as a warm counterpoint to the crisp cabinetry. Existing travertine floors connect with the warm wood veneer and the smooth glass finishes, furthering the natural feel. The recessed aluminium pulls on the cabinetry contribute to the kitchens pared-back appeal.

The large island also offers a wealth of functionality, including a dishwasher, trash compactors and even a step ladder that slots seamlessly into the toekick.

In terms of the kitchen's bold palette, the rear cabinetry is in white high-gloss Poggenpohl Glass, contrasted by the matt black Poggenpohl Glass for the island.

"The simple palette and minimalist forms give the kitchen a geometric feel," says Rankin. "It's almost as though the island block has been plucked out of the window space behind."

Jul 15, 2017

Credit list

Nikki Rankin, Pepper Design
Cabinetry lighting
Kitchen sink
Oven, refrigeration, dishwasher
Trends International Design Awards
Glossy white and matt black glass by Poggenpohl; existing veneer cabinets
Travertine tiles
Marble from Maximum Statuario, window glass
Gaggenau full surface induction
Water dispenser





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