Modest footprint, maximised impact

A crafted wood cabinetry look, pared back design and restricted overall material palette give this modest-sized kitchen a strong presence

A wooden table, wooden bench seating and a
A wooden table, wooden bench seating and a wood ceiling all connect with this warm, modest-sized kitchen's timber cabinetry.

Designed by McMahon and Nerlich

From the architects:

This compact kitchen is an exploration in designing for small-footprint living, suitable for the trajectory of our suburbs in exploring more sustainable higher densities.

Extensive studies were undertaken to design the best location for the kitchen and stair elements.

With such a small footprint, this aspect of the design was critical to its success, and every millimetre is accounted for.

The design utilises the kitchen as the heroine, and the cabinetry itself is used to conceal the balanced elements of stair to the left and powder room to the right.

Given the kitchen's intentionally limited colour choices, even
Given the kitchen's intentionally limited colour choices, even the dramatic matt black tapware takes its colour cues from its immediate surroundings.

The materiality of the kitchen was explored through a seductive and contemporary colour / material palette of black porcelain and timber.

Reducing the material palette to these two bold elements creates an impact that belies the room’s modest size.

A monolithic-slab island is detailed to enhance the thin porcelain edge.

This contrasts with the timber veneer cabinetry behind, with its timber feature grills. The cabinetry is bookended with tall integrated elements incorporated on each side of a recessed black porcelain splashback with flush back power points.

The timber ceiling picks up on the cabinetry materiality, amplifying the textural effect.

The rear of the island bench holds integrated dishwasher and discreetly detailed storage.

A Franke undermount sink in Fragonite Onyx was
A Franke undermount sink in Fragonite Onyx was an ideal companion for the dark-toned Dekton benchtops.

Credit list

Architectural firm
Kitchen cabinetry
Evernex Deep Grain Oak with Black interiors
Cabinetry hardware
Linear Standard Trim oak handles; Blum soft-close hinges & drawer runners in Invtivo Black
Kitchen sink
Oven and cooktop
Refrigerator and dishwasher
Fisher & Paykel
Micro Top Ecofloor in Grey
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Kitchens – Runner Up
Rob Nerlich (design lead); Kate McMahon
Cabinetry and cabinetry handle manufacturer
D&C Joinery Clayton
Benchtops and splashback
Dekton 12mm Domoos
Scala Pullout Sink Mixer, Black
Fujitsu VRF System 12KW Heat / Cool
Power points
Roman Pendant 2160 LED and Mondo DL DUO GU10 Black, both from Masson For Light

Designed by: McMahon and Nerlich

Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: Shannon McGrath

25 Jul, 2021

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