Take the subtle approach to your kitchen design

Don’t use aggressively patterned materials – let the beauty of nature come through in the food being prepared, advises architect Nils Finne

When it comes to selecting materials for a kitchen design, architect Nils Finne has a strong preference to keep it subtle.

“There’s whole life to a kitchen that comes from the activity that happens in there,” he says. “The beauty of nature comes through in the food being prepared –  if you have dominating or aggressively patterned materials, you can end up with visual chaos.”

The family kitchen shown here is a good example of Finne’s approach, with an island that’s clad in subtly patterned engineered quartz set against a backdrop of light rift oak cabinetry.

​​​​​​​Centrally located to form the social hub of architecture, timber ceiling, dining room, urniture, interior design, laminate flooring, wood flooring, Nils Finne, Finne Architects
​​​​​​​Centrally located to form the social hub of a long linear home, this family kitchen is scaled and designed to suit owners who are both serious cooks.

But subtle doesn’t have to be boring.

Finne injects a sense of drama to the 3.6m-long island by cantilevering it at both ends and floating a 2.5cm-thick glass breakfast counter on the front.

“The counter is set at a typical table height of 76cm instead of the usual breakfast bar height. Many people feel more comfortable sitting in a dining chair rather than a bar stool”

​​​​​​​The kitchen is located centrally on the back architecture, home, house, outdoors, pool, Nils Finne, Finne Architecture
​​​​​​​The kitchen is located centrally on the back wall of this long linear home by architect Nils Finne, allowing easy connections to the living, dining and outdoor areas.

Lighting injects even more drama at night, with flush floor fittings uplighting the glass counter, while above the island is a custom designed, blackened steel light fixture which complements the island’s form.

At 8.5m wide and with a suite of professional appliances, the kitchen is designed for owners who are serious cooks. Plus there’s a very large, adjacent walk-in pantry.

The kitchen is located centrally on the back wall of the long linear home. In front is a dining area which can open to the pool through two 3m x 2.4m sliding glass doors, so it virtually becomes an outdoor space.

Credit list

Nils Finne, Finne Architects
Doors and windows
Lift-slide wood doors by Quantum; aluminium-clad wood windows by Marvin
Interior paint
Benjamin Moore
Cambria Torquay engineered quartz
Stainless steel
Modern Air
Breakfast bar chairs
Eames moulded plywood chair
Bruder Construction
Quartersawn white oak
Rift-cut oak by Taylor Made Furniture
Breakfast bar counter
Starphire Glass
Oven and cooktop
Kitchen pendant light
Designed by Nils Finne, fabricated by Landbridge Lighting

Story by: Paul Taylor

Photography by: Tom Bonner

30 Mar, 2019

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