Light industrial touches link this apartment kitchen to its wider heritage environment

Black subway tiles, dark cabinetry and crisp white countertops give this apartment kitchen its dramatic presence

Story by: Charles Moxham Photography by: Patrick Reynolds
Dark cabinetry surfaces in this kitchen work well countertop, floor, flooring, interior design, kitchen, room, gray, black
Dark cabinetry surfaces in this kitchen work well because the space has plenty of natural light.

Often with a kitchen design, the cues for the aesthetic are drawn from the wider setting. This apartment kitchen is in a new mixed-use building in a sensitive heritage area. The facade's tiled elements reference existing historic shopfronts in the vicinity and the kitchen continues this feel.

Project architect Andrew Smith worked closely with kitchen designer Lara Farmilo at Poggenpohl to achieve the exact look required.

"I chose a glazed subway tile in black for the splashback to echo the exterior tilework," says Smith. "And, building on this, we wanted the whole kitchen to have a light-industrial touch."

To achieve this, Farmilo says they chose the Poggenpohl cabinetry in a Black Satin lacquer finish with aluminium negative details.

advertisement


On this new kitchen project, the kitchen is architecture, floor, flooring, house, interior design, interior designer, living room, loft, gray, black
On this new kitchen project, the kitchen is on show from most areas of the apartment and includes ceiling-height cabinets that draw attention to the apartments high stud, while offering a wealth of storage. The kitchens black lacquered cabinet fronts continue the industrial tone of the wider apartment interior, which features concrete, wood, metal and glass throughout. Designer glass pendants complement the industrial surfaces.

"The metal detailing and the Cameo White Corian countertops offset the dark cabinetry," says Farmilo. "Satin lacquer also has a slight reflective surface which helps bounce light around the living spaces."

On show from all areas, stairs included, the kitchen needed to have a 3D sculptural quality.

"To accentuate the height of the interiors, we wanted the cabinetry to reach to the ceiling. This could have been tricky given the high stud but Poggenpohl was able to accommodate this aspect into the design. The rangehood with its marble-look tile front also reaches to the ceiling."

However, Smith says they avoided overhead cabinets to enhance the overall sense of space.

A picture of white, black and metal trim, architecture, countertop, interior design, kitchen, real estate, gray
A picture of white, black and metal trim, this kitchen by Paul Brown Architects and Poggenpohl Akzente offers a light-industrial touch the black splashback tiles connect with the exterior shopfronts of the mixed-use retail and apartment building. Clean-lined, with strong sculptural forms, the contemporary kitchen includes plenty of benchspace.

The waterfall island offers ample storage and prepping and breakfasting surfaces, while its cantilevered benchtop appears to point out to the deck and the scenery beyond.

"Two windows on the back wall also had a strong influence on the layout," Farmilo says. "One of these enabled us to add a light-filled study area in a rear corner of the space."

Nov 02, 2017

Credit list

Architect
Andrew Smith,
Cabinetry
Black satin lacquer finish with negative detail by poggenpohl
Cabinetry handles
Negative detail handles by poggenpohl
Water dispenser
InSinkErator
Kitchen designer
Lara Farmilo, poggenpohl akzente
Benchtops
Cameo White Corian
Kitchen sink
Totara Marketing
Awards
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA)

advertisement

advertisement

advertisement

advertisement

Similar stories

Sixties home is opened up and modernised as part of a savvy renovation

Calm, relaxing and friendly – such was the outcome when this1960s home was renovated by Becroft Howie Architects using a subtle Resene palette Read more

Style meets ergonomics – Salice from Fit offers a cabinetry hardware solution with a difference

Space is always at a premium in the kitchen – and so is a sense of style. The two come together neatly in the advanced Eclipse Pocket... Read more

Latest books

Commercial Design Trends Vol 34/02C

Whether you’re travelling for work or pleasure, your hotel experience can either make or break your trip. Our market report in this issue looks at the changing world of hotel design – from five star establ... Read more

Home Trends 3401

If you're designing a bathroom for a new home or renovating your existing one, you'll quickly discover how involved the process can be.It's not only the challenge of how to fit the different functional zones into the often limi... Read more

Home Trends 3306

Renovating a tired and dated kitchen will not only add to your enjoyment of cooking – it can also totally transform the way you use all of your living spaces, indoors and out. But where do you start and what's actually possible... Read more

Related profiles

Blum New Zealand

Our fittings solutions make opening and closing furniture a mesmerising experience and bring enhanced user convenience to the entire home - in particular to kitchens. More than 7,100 employees work hard all over the world to pe... Read more

Architecture Smith + Scully

Architecture Smith + Scully is an award-winning, New Zealand Institute of Architects registered practice. We aim to create contemporary architecture that enhances and enlightens our clients’ daily lives with engagi... Read more

FIT(Access Group)

Fit offers a range of intelligent solutions that bring design, style, space, efficiency and organisation to the inside of kitchen cabinets. Read more