Semi-industrial family kitchen puts focus on raw natural materials

Black cabinetry, steel elements and untreated wood come together in this rustic meets loft-style kitchen with walk-in scullery

Story by: Charles Moxham Photography by: Jamie Cobel
An untreated macrocarpa upstand is a feature of countertop, furniture, interior design, kitchen, table, black, gray
An untreated macrocarpa upstand is a feature of this kitchen by designer Kyla Hunt.

Industrial surfaces and a raw, honest feel might call to mind a trendy New York-loft style kitchen. However, the same rugged materials and simple approach can be equally well suited to, say, a rural kitchen.

This black kitchen by designer Kyla Hunt of Carlielle Kitchens shows how. The kitchen forms part of an architecturally designed home with expansive rural views, the black, pavilion-style home sitting in contrast with the green, rolling landscape.

"In keeping with this, the owners wanted the open-plan living space kitchen included to have a bold look, which would complement the exterior of the home and create a moody, dramatic interior," says Hunt. "This translated into an industrial loft-style, with a focus on raw, natural materials."

And raw materials there are in abundance.

advertisement

Caramel-coloured dining chairs were inspiration for the macrocarpa dining room, interior design, living room, black
Caramel-coloured dining chairs were inspiration for the macrocarpa upstand in this kitchen by Carlielle

Taking a tonal cue from the owners' caramel-coloured leather chairs, the designer introduced a rough-sawn macrocarpa wall to wrap around one end of the long kitchen island. This creates a striking contrast to the black cabinetry in a dark-stained Black Onyx veneer.

This upstand also adds warmth and texture, and provides screening eliminating the view of clutter around the sink area from the living spaces.

The list of industrial materials continues with stainless steel used on the rear benchtop for a hard-wearing surface that flows onto the window sill for a seamless look. The window glass forms the splashback.

In the scullery, the benchtop is finished in stainless steel-look Formica. This was a more affordable option here than actual stainless steel, plus the scullery benchtop is not subject to such heavy use.

A black understated island benchtop, black-stained veneer cabinetry architecture, countertop, house, interior design, kitchen, loft, black, gray
A black understated island benchtop, black-stained veneer cabinetry and a stainless steel perimeter bench are just some semi-industrial finishes in this kitchen by Carlielle Kitchens that connect with the wider interior.

With a large family to cater to, including four adult children, the kitchen also needed room for several people to work in the space at once.

"To this end, the sink is towards one end of the 4m island, maximising the remaining bench space and providing for breakfast seating," says Hunt. "And the modest, understated scullery creates a space to hide away small appliances and maximise kitchen storage."

Having the galley-style kitchen blend with the wider interior's black-painted walls, timber ceiling and character concrete floors accentuates the contrast and texture of the material palette.

Dec 15, 2017

Credit list

Designer
Kyla Hunt, Carlielle Kitchens
Cabinetry
Neptune Cabinet System Prime Recon Veneer Onyx planked, finished in Clear satin polyurethane; timber wall macrocarpa, rough sawn; scullery Melteca Black Pearl shelving
Benchtops
Stainless steel; Antique Brown Granite honed; Stainless Steel Formica Laminate Velour finish
Sink
Burns & Ferrall
Ovens, hob, ventilation, dishwasher
Miele
Builder
Van Der Putten Construction
Cabinetry hardware and internal organisation
Blum soft-close hinges, Blum Tandembox Antaro drawers, and Blum bins
Splashback
Window glass
Taps
Nova Black Gooseneck mixer
Awards
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA)

advertisement

advertisement

advertisement

advertisement

Similar stories

Atom from DOMUS LINE™: 24Vdc LED Spotlight with Wide Projections

DOMUS LINE™ ATOM features SMD LEDs (no visible dots!) and an innovative new optic for a neutral, uniform appearance even when the light is off. It has a quick and easy fi... Read more

Using natural stone to brighten up your kitchen

Calacatta Blanco from Smartstone acts almost like another light source in this Southern Queensland home Read more

A compelling connection

Located in Willoughby, Sydney, the Step Down House creates a compelling connection to the expansive rear garden and pool area Read more

Latest books

Fowler Homes

These high-quality homes proudly designed and built by Fowler Homes are just the starting point for your own inspiration. They reflect the latest and best  ideas, materials and technologies to benefit your own home Read more

Home Trends 3402

Placing the kitchen at the heart of a home is not just about creating a convenient zone for easy food preparation and eating meals.Just as important is the way it's seen as an attractive place where family can spend time togeth... Read more

Home Trends 3307

While we might all have ideas for the home design that we want, consulting a good architect or designer will also open us up to other design possibilities that we haven't thought of.To help get you started on creating the home ... Read more

Related profiles

Poggenpohl Auckland NZ

Innovative Design, Custom Made Solutions, Unsurpassed Quality. Read more

The Studio of Tableware

The Studio of Tableware is regarded as New Zealand’s leading tableware specialist. Read more

Fyfe Kitchens Limited

Fyfe Kitchens Limited is a New Zealand owned and operated business. Based in Auckland, we design and manufacture complete cabinet solutions backed by over 40 years of experience. Read more