Simply marble Carrara marble kitchen designed by Robyn Labb

Carrara marble kitchen designed by Robyn Labb
Story by: Mary Webb
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Carrara marble is used to create a centerpiece in this new kitchen by designer Robyn Labb. The marble flows over the top and down three sides of the kitchen island, so it looks as if it has been honed from a single block of stone. The same marble features on the backsplash behind the oven and cooktop, tying the design together. The rest of the home is more traditional, which influenced the design of the cabinetry.

Every kitchen design has to start somewhere, whether it is with the choice of materials, the shape of the room, a fabulous view or the need to accommodate a young or growing family.

The owner of this home loves Carrara marble and wanted to use it to create a centrepiece in her new kitchen. The space has expansive views over the Whangarei Heads and sea beyond, so kitchen designer Robyn Labb suggested taking out an aluminium garden window, which provided the only visual connection with the terrace and outlook. By replacing this window with bifold doors, the entire back of the house now opens up to the sunny east-facing terrace.

"We have kept the new kitchen on the same footprint as the old one, but by opening up the back wall of the house, the whole room looks and feels much more spacious," says Labb.

Carrara marble flows over the top and down three sides of the kitchen island, so it looks as if it has been honed from a single block of stone and placed in the centre of the space. The same marble features on the splashback behind the oven and cooktop, tying the design together.


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The kitchen is designed by Robyn Labb Kitchens. It features Fisher & Paykel appliances as well as Carrara marble. The floor is French oak by BBS Timbers.

"The owner wanted her kitchen to be fairly modern in style. We have achieved this by using simple, clean lines and handleless doors and drawers. But because the rest of the home is more traditional and in recognition of the classic nature of Carrara marble, we decided to introduce a similarly traditional style for the cabinetry," says Labb.

Ducting for the rangehood is concealed in a bulkhead, and square-edged stainless steel trim on its lower edge matches the stainless steel benchtop below. The bulkhead helps keep the lines of the kitchen clean and uncluttered, and high cupboards in this space would have been difficult to access.

So as not to interrupt the long span of the island and to keep the sense that it has been hewn from a single large block of marble, a small breakfast nook with three stools takes up just one small corner of it.

The owner wanted her new kitchen to include a separate scullery, so Labb's solution was to design the main kitchen in a galley style and to add a U-shaped scullery in the space behind the oven and cooktop.

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The kitchen is designed by Robyn Labb Kitchens. It features Carrara marble. Shown here is the elegant wine rack.

For practicality, the benchtop in this compact space is stainless steel. The scullery includes a full wall of cupboards and drawers, a second oven, dishwasher and sink, plus a refrigerator and freezer. Small appliances are kept out on the bench where they are easily accessible. Most groceries are stored here, although duplicates of regularly used items such as oils, spices, rice and pasta are also kept in the main kitchen.

"This scullery is really well equipped as both a work and cleanup zone, so the main kitchen can always look good," says the designer.

Sep 06, 2011

Credit list

Kitchen manufacturer
Hewe Kitchens
Cooktop
Fisher & Paykel glass induction, available from Kitchen Things
Refrigeration
Fisher & Paykel French door style, available from Kitchen Things
Splashback
Carrara marble from Granite Workshop
Hardware
Blum
Benchtops
Honed Carrara marble from Granite Workshop
Kitchen sink
Crosbie Stainless
Waste disposal
In-Sink-Erator
Oven
Fisher & Paykel, available from Kitchen Things
Ventilation
Fisher & Paykel Powerpak, available from Kitchen Things
Dishwasher
Two Fisher & Paykel DishDrawers, available from Kitchen Things
Cabinetry
Two-pack polyurethane
Storage
Blum accessories
Flooring
French oak by BBS Timbers
Taps
Perrin & Rowe from In Residence
Rubbish bins
Kitchen King
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