Steely good looks

A steel look finish that's soft to the touch? This kitchen reflects the latest surface technologies, plus striking features such as a steel access ladder on its own tracks

Designed by Emma Morris, Eterno Design

From the designer:

This architecturally designed modern family home shows a wonderful use of spaces and forms, conveying a modern influence with a wonderful interplay of textures, light and simplicity both internally and externally.

Following on from this, our aim was to capture and complement the wider interior's forms and spaces through the expansive kitchen design and a carefully chosen palette of materials and colours.

Our brief was to create a kitchen for a large family of six who like to entertain. Key elements were to create a highly functional and practical workspace for the owners, using the latest technology, and utilising every possible storage solution. The kitchen also had to exude elegance and sophistication.

As part of this we chose materials such as the large format Italian porcelain floor tiles, to give strength and presence and carry on from the Italian patterned tiles in the hallway.

Part of the brief was also to have enduring, steel-look benchtops. The combination and properties of the Armour “Nero” benchtop on the islands and the Grey Iron “Neolith” on the hob benchtop together evoke a sense of practicality, style and striking simplicity.  These new products ticked all the homeowners’ requirements. They are hardwearing, low maintenance, and have the same appearance as steel.

In keeping with the contemporary benchtops, the tall Nero Armour Arclinea cabinetry units are seamless in design, with recessed handles and a soft touch finish.

The Armour soft touch finishes are produced with nanotechnology and treated with new-generation thermoplastic resins to give an extremely compact finish.

The wall of cabinetry is equipped with the latest designer access step ladder that slides along its own rail. Highly practical, this is also an attractive visual feature.

And the large bespoke steel rangehood is perfectly in keeping with the steel-look, soft-to-the-touch surfaces. This also echoes the look of the fireplace joinery in the adjoining living room.

The seamless recessed lighting over the island worktops creates a subtle ambience, along with the pendant lights in the dining and living.

This kitchen reflects a sense of freshness and strength through its generous stature and strong, seamless forms.

Credit list

Kitchen designer
Emma Morris, Eterno Design
Arclinea NeroArmour, Arclinea Special finish, soft touch Nanotech on draw and door fronts
Neolith, 12mm thick, on perimeter benchtop. Arclinea softtouch Nanotech on island and fronts
KS Lighting pendants over dining table and living area; recessed lights from Accent Lighting
Kitchen sinks
Stainless large sink from Franke; small black Blanco sink
Oven, microwave, warming drawer
Asko Pro series
Schweigan power pack, custom hood
Asko, fully integrated
Cabinetry manufacturer
Arclinea – supplied by Matisse
Cabinetry hardware
Arclinea Antonio Citterio Grooved stainless steel handles on island, recessed on tall units
Italian large-format tiles
Patterned tile, from Porcelanosa
Blanco Black tap; KWC tap with pullout sprayer, from Kitchen Things
Asko, in Anthracite (black)
Liehberr fridge/freezer
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Kitchens – Highly Commended

Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: Stephen Goodenough

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