The designer/homeowner also wanted the kitchen to be flooded with light all through the day, which required windows on all three walls.
“To achieve these things, we introduced new windows into the kitchen – specified with black stained frames, unlacquered brass latches and window stays to match the original windows in the home,” the designer says. “To maximise window height, we added steel plates over window headers to meet structural codes.”
Modern ventilation technology allowed for the cooktop to be placed in front of a window, providing the cook with views while cooking.
Another key part of the material palette, a character walnut island benchtop brings warmth and patina to the workspace. And the interiors of all the cabinetry and bar cabinets are crafted from the same dark walnut, as are the floating wall display shelves, bringing harmony and consistency in the design.
“Semi-industrial metal touches – both warm and cold – abound,” says Robertson. “Vintage industrial stools have a patina on their legs that matches the custom graphite laminate featured on both the front of the fridge and the oven door.
“Plus, hand-patinated brass wire cabinet door mesh matches the brass hardware, and window accents and lends a rustic feel. Custom light fixtures throughout the kitchen merge the patinated steel, warm brass and walnut.”