For this design, the owners wanted an organic feel that wasn’t too perfect – the result is a character kitchen that's wild, rambling and natural

Designed by Damian Goode, Hive Architecture

From the architects:

The brief

Beautiful, useable family spaces were the cornerstone of the brief.  

There was a definite desire to restore the original character of the home and build on this with contemporary features suited to modern living.  

There was also a clear desire to create a home that wasn’t too perfect.  

The owners described the need for it to feel somewhat “wild, rambling and lived in”.

The kitchen

The original design concept was to create a kitchen that felt as though it was a piece of custom furniture and served as a focal point for the home. 

There was also a strong feeling that we didn’t want a typical kitchen for this house – it had to be special.

We approached the design of the kitchen in the same way you would approach the design of a bespoke item of joinery. 

It is, after all, often the most expensive joinery item in the house. 

Timber was a natural choice. 

It was important for the grain of the timber to show through, so only an oil was used to finish it – not dissimilar to the way you would feature grain in furniture. 

The owner wanted the kitchen to be functional but also very beautiful, and when shut down for the day, to become like a work of art.

The curved batten wall is another a key feature of this area as it creates a strong sense of calm in the space with the warm green colour. 

A mix of materials was used, so the kitchen was essentially made to be ‘perfectly imperfect’, giving it a more comfortable vibe.

Timber is also one of the most sustainable materials available and celebrates what this country has to offer.

Credit list

Tasmanian Oak
Kitchen sink
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Kitchens – Winner
Cabinet maker
Gareth Robertson, Blackwood Collective
Ceasarstone – Airy Concrete
Terrazzo by Fibonacci

Designed by: Damian Goode, Hive Architecture

Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: Scott Burrows

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