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The starting point for this kitchen was the porcelain island benchtop with its marble pattern and warm veining – other finishes pull the design together

Designed by Kirsty Davis Kitchen Design

From the kitchen designer:

This architecturally designed home had a large existing kitchen and scullery. 

When the owners engaged me, their key points were that they wanted to re design the kitchen and scullery while they were undertaking renovations and extensions to other areas of the home. 

They wanted a kitchen which was brighter, modern but still having a classic, timeless feel – they wanted their island benchtop to be a statement area with pattern and vibrancy to really reflect their love of colour. 

Creating a space that was warm in tone was also really important. 


The scullery was an area where the owners really wanted to open up the space to create a better flow between that and the kitchen. 

For the island benchtop we have used a porcelain which has a marble pattern with warm veining which was really used as a starting point for the whole design, touches of soft matt black, warm cinnamon toned veneer, soft neutral cupboards and warm textured tiles really pull this whole design together. 

I was engaged to assist in the selection of the timber floor and we created a custom stain which was applied to the oak timber which matches perfectly alongside the Cinnamon Triba veneer. 

I also specified the interior paint colours and new sheers/curtains to tie in with the whole design – which creates a cohesive consistency throughout the space.

The island benchtop is wrapped in the striking porcelain Calacatta Luxe ultra soft with a 50mm soft matt black laminate below the extended benchtop to highlight the detailing. 

This also has a steel support within to give structure and strength to the cantilevered extended bench.

The same black detail is also used around the fridge and wall oven area to frame the timber veneer units, along with the feature shelving in the kitchen each side of the rangehood and the scullery shelving. 

We also used the porcelain to clad the rangehood box.

The scullery was an area which was already a generous size but only had a small 710mm wide door as access between the two spaces.

We really wanted to open the whole space up so we created two aluminium framed loft doors which have a vertical fluted toughened glass which was something that the owner had on their wish list. 

When open, the flow between the two spaces is really enhanced by continuing the use of the same products on the joinery and enchtops to really create two cohesive rooms. 

The tiles were also specified by KD Design and the warmth and texture sit well with the tones of the joinery and benchtops.

The owners are happy with the finished result and love working within the space. 

The kitchen provides the functionality that was required but also achieves a timeless, elegant and sophisticated appeal.

Credit list

Cabinetry hardware
Blum Legra Box in Carbon Matte
Flooring
Swinard European Rustic Oak, custom stain
Splashback
Tiles from Next Dore Fusion Sand (75mm x 300mm)
Taps
Kitchen – ABI Elysian in Gun Metal; pantry – Zenith Hydrotap
Cooktop, refrigeration
Fisher & Paykel
Dishwasher
Miele
Awards
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Kitchens – Highly Commended
Cabinetry
Dezignatek vinyl wrap Milan Square Oyster; Vida space timber veneer Cinnamon Triba Shinnoki; Prime Black Velvet laminate
Benchtops
Island – Neolith Calacatta Luxe Ultrasoft; hob and pantry benchtops – Neolith Mont Blanc, Silk
Lighting
Lighthouse Lighting
Sinks
Kitchen – ABI Vita in Gun Metal; scullery – ABI Ohelu in Gun Metal
Ovens
Gaggenau (x2)
Ventilation
Robinhood (x2)
Water dispenser
Zenith Hydrotap
Photography
Anthony Turnham Photography

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