Kitchen connects to its surroundings through material choices

Tall banks of cabinetry and appliances are demurely set back into the walls in this contemporary kitchen within a revamped cottage interior

​​​​​​​A bronze cabinet door on the island stands house, interior design, living room, white, furniture, leather, kitchen, Biji Architects, cottage
​​​​​​​A bronze cabinet door on the island stands out, while much of this kitchen by Bijl Architects nestles back into the wall planes – harmonising with the wider cottage renovation.

With effective kitchen design, the immediate environment is almost always a key driver. This kitchen forms part of a major cottage renovation that dismantles its classic, claustrophobic feel, instead, opening up the residence horizontally and vertically for dynamism and visual richness.

Architects Melonie Bayl-Smith and Andrew Lee of Bijl Architecture undertook the kitchen as part of the wider space and light-bringing refit.

“We wanted the kitchen to be open to the living area without imposing on it visually or dimensionally,” says Bayl-Smith. 

“As part of this, the perimeter cabinetry and appliances were nestled back into the rear and side walls in a seamless match of 2-pac polyurethane joinery and flat black and crisp white paint finishes.”

​​​​​​​A bronze, white and black palette in this interior design, kitchen, living room, benchtop, CDK Stone, Biji Architects
​​​​​​​A bronze, white and black palette in this kitchen by Bijl Architecture connects to the wider interior.

The understated cabinetry is matched with veined engineered stone benchtops and a drinks station splashback that add colour to the design. The two-tone walls and marble-look surfaces  connect with the living room finishes. Plus, the island’s bronzed cupboard links with the cabinet handles and nearby balustrade and handrail.

“The pendant light creates minimal visual disruption to the space, while the introduced skylight brings natural light into the kitchen.”

Credit list

Melonie Bayl-Smith and Andrew Lee, Bijl Architecture
Solid Oak Vulcano Timber Floorboards with Brushed White Oil finish, from Mafi
Kitchen sink
Barazza Cubo Double Bowl by Abey
Miele, in Obsidian Black
Miele, integrated
Polytec finishes – Black Wenge and Artisan Oak, Ravine Range; Crisp White, Legato Range; Flat Black and Crisp White, Matte Finish Melamine; custom Arcturus oiled bronze door by Bijl Architecture, metal from Astor Metal
Benchtops and splashbacks
Estatuario and Basalt Black Neolith engineered stone from CDK Stone
Darkon custom LED and Brightgreen recessed downlights, profiles and pendants
Armando Vicario
Miele Induction cooktop
Fisher & Paykel, integrated
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Kitchens – Highly Commended

Story by: Charles Moxham

Photography by: Katherine Lu

04 Apr, 2021

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