Strong materials and a simple layout are central to this kitchen with a semi-industrial aesthetic

Raw natural materials combine with a light industrial sensibility to create a kitchen that is perfect for admiring and entertaining

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​​​​​​​Want to know what the exterior of this home looks like? Well, the kitchen designed by Kyla Potter of Carlielle Kitchens offers some excellent clues. The island is finished in vertical stained cedar on three sides and framed in blackened steel – two elements seen outside on the primary cladding.

With kitchen design there are many key things to consider and material choices are certainly one of them. In fact, your surface selection can make or mar your project, and – as with this kitchen – watchwords for a great outcome are quality and simplicity.

This modest, sleek kitchen space was designed for a modern rural house, says designer Kyla Potter, of Carlielle Kitchens.

“The home’s exterior is a mix of dark-stained cedar and light bagged brick. Essentially, we wanted to bring some of the feel of these raw natural materials into the home – to make a connection between indoors and outdoors,” says Potter. 

“Plus, the homeowner wanted to introduce a slight industrial feel to the space.”

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​​​​​​​A slender granite island benchtop contrasts with a chunkier engineered stone in a white concrete finish, for this mix-and-match design by Kyla Potter.

As is often the case with contemporary kitchens, the island is the centrepiece. Its blackened steel frame achieves the desired industrial touch, while the vertical stained cedar is a nod to the exterior cladding.

“A single sheet of beautifully grained, highly polished Super White granite adds a touch of luxury and nature – its grey veins pulling the whole look together.”

Along the rear wall, the classic subway tile splashback has been given a modern twist by running the tiles vertically instead of horizontally. This less usual orientation provides a reference to the vertical cedar, while in another quiet material connection the black steel on the island’s frame is repeated as a custom rangehood housing.

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​​​​​​​Party out the front – for this kitchen, the island benchtop is in a beautiful dark-veined white granite, while the perimeter worksurface is in hard-working engineered stone with a white concrete finish. In a design that offers careful material and tonal connections, the veins in the granite connect with the light-toned surfaces in the kitchen, the subway tile splashback included. The inner side of the island and the underbench perimeter cabinetry are in dark panels, completing the two-tone picture.

“A Caesarstone work surface in Sleek Concrete on the back benchtop continues the industrial look, and is an ideal material for this hard-working part of the kitchen.

“Of course, the kitchen is as easy to work in as it is easy on the eye,” Potter says. “For example, the Blum Servo-drive electric mechanisms make accessing drawers easier. Plus, by avoiding the need for handles, they add to the clean aesthetic.

A small scullery off to one side of the kitchen houses small appliances, offers plenty of extra storage, and also makes an excellent preparation area that can be hidden away with the slide of a door.

Credit list

Kyla Potter, Carlielle Kitchens
Feature surface
Blackened raw steel to island frame and rangehood box
Fisher & Paykel
Prime Panels, black, soft matt; Melteca, colour Baikal (white), satin finish; vertical cedar with dark stain on front of island
Island – Granite, Super White; perimeter –Caesarstone, Sleek Concrete
York Slim Pearl tiles, from Tile Depot
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Kitchens – Highly Commended

Story by: Charles Moxham

Photography by: Jamie Cobel

28 Sep, 2019

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