This Arts & Crafts-style entertainer's kitchen is backed by a large fully functional scullery

Rustic island cabinetry adds an Arts and Crafts flavour to this contemporary kitchen with a long cantilevered island countertop

Story by: Charles Moxham Photography by: Caroline Ducobu
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Crafted meets contemporary with this entertainers kitchen island, one half of a linked kitchen and scullery fit-out by designer Robin Labb.

Sometimes kitchen designers are given free rein in terms of space and sometimes the house plans can almost get in the way.

Designer Robyn Labb says due to an unusual space layout in this addition to an Arts and Crafts house, the owner brief was to connect two separate but adjacent areas into a functional kitchen and scullery.

"The large scullery is a full working kitchen housing a sink, ovens, cooktop, hood and pantry storage. Around the corner, the island acts as a social hub and prep area for guest entertainment."


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This countertop starts out in slender format at the cabinetry-end of the island and then deepens to a more chunky character at the cantilevered end. Steel underpins the structure.

Labb extended the home's artisanal, hand-worked feel to the kitchen island and a cabinet that connects the two spaces. Both the expansive island and the open-shelved corner cabinet have antiqued oak fronts, while the former also has a butler's sink.

However, the design is also about mixing the handcrafted aspects with more modern elements. For example, the island is topped with a clean-lined stone counter-top, its extended cantilever supported by internal steel bracing and a sawhorse-like element. The long, deep cantilever can accommodate the whole family and is a popular entertaining spot in the home.

In the scullery, Labb avoided overhead cabinetry that would have detracted from a splashback wall of pristine white subway tiles. A strip of recessed LED lights at the top of the wall highlights this surface.

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This island has a chunky stone countertop, rustic oak cabinetry and a butlers sink for an Arts and Craft sensibility.

This area has something of a classic country kitchen flavour seen in a second butler's sink as well as the tilework. Smooth-operating hardware underpins the cabinetry while the wall opposite is taken up with additional open shelving.

Dec 22, 2016

Credit list

Designer
Robyn Labb, Robyn Labb Kitchens
Benchtops
Kitchen steel-braced Alarti marble; scullery Crosby stainless steel
Kitchen sinks
Belfast Butlers sinks from FL Bone
Oven
Gaggenau
Ventilation
Schweigen
Water dispenser
Zenith Hydro Tap
Awards
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Kitchens – Highly Commended
Cabinetry
Solid antique oak, lacquered MDF
Scullery splashback
Handmade subway tiles from European Ceramic
Taps
In-residence
Cooktop
Wolf
Fridge, wine fridge, dishwasher
Miele
Lighting
Concealed strip LED lighting in scullery
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