Sculptural kitchen at the heart of the home – both functionally and in terms of design

Slender benchtops, handleless joinery and folded metal planes on the island are all features of this contemporary kitchen design

Story by: Charles Moxham Photography by: Simon Devitt
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With living spaces in front and stairs behind, this contemporary kitchen had to look good from all directions. The semi-industrial palette of black metal and blonde wood works well with the wider interior design, including the rich timber ceilings and rugged concrete floor.

Some kitchens stand out as hard-working functional workspaces, while others quietly meld into the background. Then there’s another breed again, a more abstract design that invites attention while still playing down its function.

This kitchen – firmly in the last category – is on the mid-level of a contemporary, three-level home designed by Strachan Group Architects, with Roy Tebbutt as project architect. The home is on prime coastal land and has a strong, strategic architectural presence, optimising key views while also screening out the neighbours. 

“The home’s black horizontal cladding is a design reference to the surrounding striated sandstone cliffs while vertical timber elements add warmth and contrast,” says Tebbutt. ”And this dramatic two-tone exterior is echoed in the kitchen’s strong, simple material palette.” 

The kitchen has a pared-back look in term of form as well as finish. The minimalist, recessed handle joinery repeats the design of other joinery elements through the home. 

Keeping it neat, most appliances and ample storage is integrated into the hoop pine plywood cabinetry wall that provides a warm backdrop to the kitchen. A large walk-in scullery, accessed through a hidden doorway in the cabinetry, matches the kitchen and also helps keep it clutter free. 

“The island is a strong, sculptural element in its own right,” says Tebbutt. “It has a folded matt black steel surround, topped with a bead-blasted stainless steel bench. Geometric folds in the metal provide leg room for the bar stools.”

Despite offering plenty of functionality, the island retains its clean look with an integrated sink, flush hob and pop-up extractor.Central to proceedings, the workspace is close to the dining and living areas and also next to the home’s north-facing patio.


May 08, 2018

Credit list

Architects: Strachan Group Architects – Dave Strachan, Roy Tebbutt and Joanna Jack (graduate)
Kitchen sink
Subline 400-U undermount by Blanco
Plytech International
Hoop pine plywood, custom steelwork on island bench surround
Wine fridge
Transtherm Studio
Sliding doors
Yellow Cedar Timber Sliding Doors by McNaughton Windows and Doors
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Kitchens – Winner
Cabinetry hardware
Blum Legrabox Terra
Oven, cooktop
Fisher & Paykel
Real Fires
Shotblasted stainless steel
Parmco flush-mounted downdraft
Water dispenser
Zenith Hydrotap
Spot lights, LEDs from Lightplan





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