Great kitchen design is all about balance – be it dark tones set alongside lighter hues or sleek surfaces contrasted with semi-industrial finishes. Sometimes a kitchen has both these connections.
For this dramatic entertainer’s kitchen, the owners asked Nikki Rankin of Pepper Design to create a minimalist design that would match their contemporary, clean-lined home.
“The home, by Chris Vandyke Designs, is in Port Douglas and we were regularly flying up to the site from Melbourne – so it was great to have an experienced builder like Nathan Verri on hand to oversee the work day to day.”
“The owners fell in love with the +Artesio design from Poggenpohl, so it was up to us to blend this into the narrow, elongated space available,” says Rankin. “This included tucking part of the kitchen in behind a prominent blade wall in fair-faced concrete.”
For the cabinetry, Pepper Design chose high-gloss white surfaces to frame the kitchen’s hero element – a dark wood splashback bisected by a run of stainless steel. This strip, another on the cabinetry and a slender metal display shelf together present a semi-industrial touch that connects with the concrete blade wall.
“The stainless steel panels break up the wood surface and also play a practical role – housing the tap, power points and the switches, so maximising bench space,” Rankin says.