Balancing looks and work efficiency reached critical mass for this industrial-look kitchen with the chef owner wanting heavy duty functionality above all

Designed by Penny del Castillo, Studio del Castillo

From the designer:

As the heart of the home in the truest sense, this kitchen combines familiar elements of a residential setting amongst a commercial arrangement.  

Having spent significant time cheffing around the world, the owner sought to integrate industrial methodologies thus defining the space led by function in consideration of the future.

We embarked on a very specific stringent wish list driven by 'universal standards' – but this did not prevent us from pushing all boundaries to deliver the extraordinary, detailed outcome. 

Wrapped in bronzed brass together with an extensive use of Dekton throughout, the elemental forms that comprise the space sit sculpturally within the home.

Given the owners' planned longevity for the property, finishes needed to ensure a strength against the elements, and in some cases were distressed intentionally to encourage the reaction to the environment.

A handful of challenges/balances to overcome

  • The quantity of items to be stored within 'restricted' spaces. Despite the scale of the kitchen, we were restricted by specific heights on bench tops – working bench and raised benches vs the cooking equipment etc, including reconciling roller doors/ tambor doors.
  • Commercial grade indestructible Dekton vs the desire for seamless inset sink, there are some technical specs that were very strict to avoid cracking; outcome – 5mm radius on all corners to give the appearance of square drop-in sink resulting in a barely visible 2mm overhang.
  • Steep pitched ceilings in the walk-in pantry and appliance cabinet made for amazing cabinetry fit out – this was constant trial and error to ensure every piece of kitchen equipment would fit in exactly the working order the owner wanted.
  • Folds, bends, joins, and mitres on brass – my staff and I went to Bronzeworks almost everyday for 2 months to get this right – maintaining the finish on the brass while trying to achieve the folds bends wraps and mitres.
  • Integrating the front of the cold room doors that according to the manufacturer were not designed to be integrated….
  • Facing the reality of the owner’s directive for extreme practicality over aesthetics on every occasion – the placement and choice of materials that I knew had to look good in a residential environment vs perform at a commercial level.

Credit list

Nick Hayes Constructions
Cabinetry hardware
Drawer runners by Blum; handles by Zanda Architectural Hardware; top mount Modena extrusions
Porcelain by Artedomus, in Imperial White
Linsol in Brushed Nickel, from Harvey Norman
Food Strategy by Halton, from Food Strategy
Wine fridge
Water dispenser
Zip, from Harvey Norman
Super light - Strip Lighting – Super Light; LEDs – Sunny Lighting Australia
House architect
Charles Wright Architects
Melamine Angora Oak – Woodmatt, by Polytec
Porcelain Dekton – Keranium; brass sheet in George White, 2mm aged patina finish; Hard finished Blackened Brass, by Bronzeworks
Built in – integrated, custom made with Dekton porcelain to match benchtop
Oven, cooktop
Custom built cool rooms
Meiko, from Food Strategy
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Kitchens – Winner

Designed by: Studio del Castillo

Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: Brock Beazley

19 Nov, 2023

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