Matt black kitchen with an industrial edge

The substantial black and white-veined island countertop and island front panel give this kitchen an instant sense of relaxed luxury.

Photography by: Anthony Turnham Snap Photography

Designed by: Kirsty Davis Kitchen Design

From the designer:

For this kitchen, by designer Kirsty Davis, the homeowners wanted a matt black design with an industrial edge, clean lines and contrasting moody textures. 

As part of this, the kitchen had to work well with and achieve balance with a black steel balustrade above directly above it.

"In response we designed a minimal, balanced kitchen with symmetry playing a big role in keeping the look simple and uncluttered," says Davis.

"Several touches contributed to the pared back look, for example, we angled the top edge to under-bench doors and drawers to achieve a handleless aesthetic along with adding a strong negative detail to build texture."


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To make the island a standout feature, we clad the front of the island and the waterfall benchtop in a beautifully textured black stone with prominent white veined lines – the stone also connecting with the wider home’s striking balance of black and white.

This is very much a working kitchen as well as an entertainer's kitchen, and the substantial walk-in pantry is to the side of the space, separated by a large, full-height black pivot door. 

It was important to the owners that when this door is pulled back, the pantry looked like a continuation of the kitchen. To achieve this Kirsty Davis used the same materials for both spaces. 

This had the second benefit that the kitchen seems even larger than it is when viewed from different angles of the home.

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The polished concrete floors anchor the dark kitchen without competing with its dramatic tones. 

Similarly, the wall cabinetry is matt black and the perimeter benchtops are a charcoal stone which softens the black. 

So both the wall cabinetry and the rear stone benchtop take a back seat literally and metaphorically to the feature, centrepiece island.

Completing the picture, black sinks were used in both the kitchen and pantry to create balance with the dark joinery and the dark stone benchtops.

"The owners selected a lovely warm copper tile for the splashback areas which brings added warmth into the design. 

"The splashbacks are set off nicely with warm LED lighting."

Sep 16, 2019

Credit list

Designer
Kirsty Davis Kitchen Design
Cabinetry hardware
Stefano Titus drawers, Blum hinges
Splashback
Tile sheet
Kitchen sink
Heritage Aoraki 550-10 Nero, undermounted
Kitchen island benchtop and front panel
80mm thick Compac Unique Marquina, mitred with waterfall ends; 20mm thick Compac Unique Marquina front panel of island – both from GBC
Fridge, freezer, bar fridge
Baumatic
Cabinetry
Dezignatek acrylic fronts, black matt, with A40 angled fronts
Handles
Heritage hardware Cassino black handles for integrated fridge
Kitchen and pantry main benchtops
20mm thick in Compac Smoke Gray, from GBC
Pantry sink
Heritage Aoraki 860-20 Nero, undermounted
Ovens, hob, rangehood, dishwashers
Asko
Lighting
Stefano Orlati extra bright warm white LED strip lighting
Awards
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Kitchens – Highly Commended
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