Out of the past

This contemporary kitchen renovation combines an industrial look with a nod to the home's original 1890s aesthetic
Story by: Charles Moxham
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When introducing a 21st-century kitchen as part of a renovation of a classic villa, a single feature can be enough to connect the workspace with the home's rich architectural history.

The owners of this 120-year-old residence asked kitchen designer Natalie Du Bois to create a cooking space with an industrial look as part of a whole-house update.


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"I designed a stainless steel rangehood to establish the look," says Du Bois. "This material is repeated on the benchtops and in a deep band on the front of the island."

Furthering the aesthetic, the backdrop to the kitchen is formed by a wall of concrete-look tilework, which also acts as the backsplash.

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View of contemporary renovated kitchen featuring timber floors, island with table that extends out, stainless steel benchtops, tiled backsplash, stainless steel appliances, recessed lighting, and lacquered cabinetry.

A breakfast bar provided the opportunity to reference the home's origins.

"Original wood floorboards were recycled and reused as the surface of a table that extends off the island and is used as a breakfast bar," says Du Bois. "The curved table legs play up the contrast between the old and the new, while the white surfaces bring a neutral influence."

Feb 08, 2011

Credit list

Kitchen manufacturer
Lighting
LED above and below rangehood
Cabinetry
Two-pot satin lacquer matched to Resene Alabaster
Splashback and wall tiles
Venis Styl from Jacobsens
Taps
Minta by Grohe
Ventilation
Custom designed by
Dishwasher
Asko
Water dispenser
Steaming hot tap
Wall coverings
Half Joanna by Resene
Flooring
Existing floorboards
Benchtops
Stainless steel from SJ Crosbies; timber bench made from existing floorboards by Terry Neal
Kitchen sink
Linea
Oven, cooktop
Ilve
Refrigeration
Samsung
Waste disposal
InSinkErator
Bar stools
Charles Ghost bar stools by Philippe Starck for Kartell
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