Rich, natural finishes bring this family kitchen to life

Clean-lined and sculptural, this entertainer’s kitchen celebrates the natural beauty of wood

Story by: Charles Moxham Photography by: Jamie Cobel

If the best party conversations are enjoyed in the kitchen then this entertainer’s kitchen has great social implications for the homeowners.

Open to a new living, dining, outdoor area, the serene new kitchen was designed by Matisse.

Right from the initial meeting, it was clear the owners had a love of entertaining and timber, says Matisse owner Alan Bertenshaw.

“So we chose the Arclinea kitchen designed by Italian designer Antonio Citterio, for the space as it addressed both factors.”

The kitchen celebrates wood in two forms – as a natural-touch oak veneer on the perimeter and rear-of-island cabinetry and in the form of a stave design of varying widths on the front of the island. 

The former has a recessed linear handle which adds to the clean, crisp look and optimises free movement through the space.


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​​​​​​​While all business for the chef, the island benchtop in this kitchen by Matisse all but conceals a flush hob, pop-up extractor and recessed double sinks.

Semi-industrial stainless steel pulls on the front-of-island drawers accentuate the kitchen’s sculptural feel. The handles also tone in with the matt stainless steel toekicks as well as the bank of stainless steel wall appliances to the rear.

The kitchen’s generous warm wood surfaces are contrasted by the coolness of veined white Dekton quartz surfaces on the island and the perimeter benchtop and splashback.

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​​​​​​​In the groove – recessed linear cabinet pulls add to the clean, crisp aesthetic of this kitchen, by Matisse, and optimise free movement between the perimeter cabinetry and island.

Part of an entertainer’s kitchen role is keeping things looking tidy from the living spaces. As well as offering floor-to-ceiling cabinetry, the kitchen includes a walk-in scullery, accessed by a concealed door within the wall of cabinetry.

The choice of a pop-up downdraft extractor let the designer set the hob in the island – perfect for cooking and entertaining at the same time.

“Adding a casual breakfast table next to the island made good use of this modest area – this  was ideal for casual family meals and continued the focus of the kitchen as a casual social hub.”

May 03, 2019

Credit list

Designer
Matisse
Benchtops
Dekton by Cosentino
Cabinet hardware
Arclinea
Oven, cooktop, ventilation, dishwasher
Gaggenau
Awards
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA)Kitchens – Winner
Cabinetry
Perimeter cabinetry – Arclinea design with natural touch finish oak­ timber veneer; island – Lignum et Lapis stave design
Cabinet handles
Arclinea Convivium
Taps
Hansgrohe
Refrigeration
Liebherr
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