Minimalist family kitchen with black wall cabinetry and wood-framed island

Pared back new kitchen has wood accents, white herringbone tiles, brass suspended rangehood and a concealed breakfast bar and cabinetry

In this kitchen, by owner and designer Annika chair, countertop, floor, flooring, furniture, interior design, kitchen, product design, table, gray, white
In this kitchen, by owner and designer Annika Rowson, the suspended brass hood offers a bold contrast to the matt black wall cabinetry and picks up the subtle tones in the white Corian benchtop.

In terms of design presence, less can be decidedly more, as this kitchen by owner-designer Annika Rowson demonstrates.

"The brief to ourselves was to design a functional kitchen that would blend into the open-plan living space," says Rowson. "It had to have a furniture-like appeal, yet also service the needs of a busy family."

Mid-century modern was the influence for the kitchen's aesthetic, in keeping with the home's architecture so simple, clean lines and natural accents were important.

This kitchen achieves an abstract quality with all cabinetry, countertop, cuisine classique, floor, furniture, interior design, kitchen, gray
This kitchen achieves an abstract quality with all functionality, apart from the ovens and tap, screened from sight.

In response, Rowson created a galley kitchen, with a matt black back wall that all but disappears from sight. This lets the generous 4m-wide feature island with white herringbone tile front stand out.

"The island's crisp Corian countertop in Cirrus White sits on a Keruing frame with slab ends. This rich-toned wood adds a natural touch and complements the floor-to-ceiling sheer white curtains," says the designer. "The herringbone tiles balance the cool polished concrete floors, and add an artisanal touch these were all individually laid by hand.

"My favourite feature, however, is the custom reflective suspended brass hood."

A matt black wall of perimeter cabinetry and architecture, cabinetry, chest of drawers, countertop, cuisine classique, furniture, interior design, kitchen, real estate, table, gray
A matt black wall of perimeter cabinetry and South-east Asian hardwood Keruing ends on the island contrast the highly polished concrete floor on this Annika Rowson design.

Then there's the kitchen's sheer wealth of functionality. The rear wall conceals an integrated fridge-freezer, a pantry with a pocket door and five storage drawers, and a breakfast-entertainment bar backed with the same herringbone tile as the island.

The island has its own share of discreet functionality, too, with a flush induction hob, dishdrawers, storage, recycling and a sink. The sink's Corian sides blend with the countertop when viewed on an angle.

Credit list

Annika Rowson, Rowson Kitchen & Joinery
Blum Legrabox Black Servo Drive, Servo Drive Aventos; Hafele Concepta pocket doors
Marbled concrete
Gloss white mosaic in herringbone pattern, from Tile Warehouse; tiling by Align Tiling
Hafele Matt Black sink mixer, from Zip Plumbing
Electrolux Maxisense
Fisher & Paykel integrated fridge/freezer
Water dispenser
Parex hot tap
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Kitchens – Highly Commended
Perimeter cabinetry
Matt black Bestwood melamine
Corian Cirrus countertop, from Evolution of Surfaces; Keruing hardwood frame with slab ends
LED strip lights with diffuser strips, by Hafele
Kitchen sink
Corian DU023 in Cirrus White, from Evolution of Surfaces
Bosch Series 8
Custom brass suspended hood with custom filter grills and motor system by Rivet
Fisher & Paykel integrated DishDrawer
Wine fridge
Delonghi beverage fridge

Story by: Charles Moxham

Photography by: Gina Fabish

27 Jul, 2016

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