This composed and refined kitchen appears larger than its footprint size would suggest, while adroitly connecting to the wider living spaces

Designed by Morgan Cronin, Cronin Kitchens

From the designer:

Owner brief

A classically modern, family kitchen that will sit at the heart of a new holiday home, with an island large enough to accommodate seating for up to five people. 

A separate drinks preparation and storage area is also required.

Designer’s response

The kitchen sits proudly at the very heart of this open-plan living room, located at the axis of three wings that form the dining and living spaces. 

The available space for the kitchen was deceivingly small and my goal was to design a kitchen that would appear larger and grander than its footprint would allow.

To achieve the required seating at the island, a cantilevered, L-shaped element was seamlessly integrated into the marble benchtop – raised slightly above the rest of the benchtop to demarcate the seating area. 

For continuity, the same marble was used in the cooking zone and for the splashback, above which sits a custom, acid-etched glass extractor box. 

Two columns of black-stained oak cabinetry containing the pantry and integrated fridge/freezers flank this area.

Adjacent to the kitchen is a custom built-in sideboard that contains the requested drinks station, plus storage for crockery, etc. 

Matched in the same black-stained oak cabinetry, this unit is fronted with smoked, black-glass doors, which bring an additional dimension to the space.

The overall palette is dark and moody, and we worked closely with the interior designer from the outset, so these hues could be complemented in the rest of the living space.

Credit list

Benchtops and splashback
Affogato marble, honed by Artisan Stone,
Recessed aluminium handle rails, by Ullrich Aluminium – acid etched and finished in Mirotone matte black polyurethane
Brightlight LED Profile Lowline 01 in black satin powdercoat finish, with warm white ribbon and opal diffusers
Miele, induction, from Kouzina Appliances
Miele integrated dishwasher
Miele extractor power pack
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Bathrooms – Highly Commended
Cabinet maker
Pooles Joinery, Invercargill
Main cabinetry – planked, wire-brushed American oak veneer, from Prime Panels – black-wash stained and coated with a Mirotone clear matte finish polyurethane; drinks area upper doors – Scilm aluminium frames from Fit, finished in satin black powdercoat, with toughened dark-grey glass inserts and assembled by The WoodSmiths; extractor Cladding – acid-etched glass, with black-painted backing, by Image Glass; carcass – black melamine on moisture-resistant EO board, from Daiken
Blum Terra Black Legra Box soft-close drawers and hinges, with Blum Walnut accessories; Blum Servo Drive for bin operation; Hettich Wingline bi-fold track used for pantry doors; Hafele Ninka One2Four black bin frame system with 2 x 26L black bins, and 2 x 8L bins; Hafele Kessebohmer chrome basket drawer for vegetables
Wolf, from Kouzina Appliances
Miele, from Kouzina Appliances
Miele integrated fridge/freezer, with icemaker; Miele integrated fridge/freezer
InSinkErator Wastemaster

Designed by: Morgan Cronin, Cronin Kitchens

Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: Kallan MacLeod

17 Apr, 2022

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