This kitchen fits into the wider open plan interior without dominating it

Contemporary yet raw, this kitchen complements the home's concrete wall panels and floors while packing in a wealth of high-tech storage

Story by: Charles Moxham Photography by: Gina Fabish
This kitchens slender Glacier White countertops underscore its furniture, interior design, kitchen, gray
This kitchens slender Glacier White countertops underscore its contemporary aesthetic. Push-to-touch cabinet technologies avoid the need for handles and so contribute to the minimalist look of the kitchen. The benchtop overhang on the front of the island is underpinned by a metal plate. The window splashback looks out to a newly planted bamboo garden.

In contemporary interiors, the kitchen is often located at the centre of proceedings but that doesn't mean it has to visually drown out its surroundings along the way. This sleek kitchen by designer Annika Rowson fits into the home's wider open plan interior without dominating it.

"Our brief was for a modern yet raw, pared-back kitchen to complement the stunning concrete panels and floors in the architect-designed home and also to blend into the open-plan living and dining areas," says Rowson. "The family kitchen also had to offer plenty of storage."

A mix of Keruing wood and Onyx veneer was chosen as the warm feature cabinetry materials. These black and rich brown surfaces are balanced by the white of the rear cabinetry and the slender 12mm Glacier White Corian waterfall island benchtop and perimeter benchtop.


Light and dark wood, and white cabinets and furniture, interior design, kitchen, gray
Light and dark wood, and white cabinets and benchtops all come together for a composed, contemporary feel in this family-oriented kitchen by Rowson Kitchen & Joinery. In terms of day-to-day use, a large vertical pantry to the left of the ovens has plenty of dedicated storage while the island includes a bin unit, a dishdrawer and additional storage.

"The island benchtop's extended overhang is given hidden strength by a matt black powder coated steel support, which disappears into the shadow of the overhang," says the designer.

In terms of convenience and ease of use, Blum Servo Drive touch-to-open hardware is fitted to all cabinetry. A Hafele Concepta Pocket Door ensures easy access to the side pantry unit while drawer banks are fitted with internal compartmentalised drawers to provide ample storage.

"The window splashback is another feature of the design. This admits morning light to warm the kitchen," says Rowson.

Polished concrete floors ground this kitchens predominant palette ceiling, chair, dining room, furniture, house, interior design, light fixture, product design, table, gray
Polished concrete floors ground this kitchens predominant palette of wood tones.

"Hafele LED Strip Lighting on a powdercoated track provides additional task lighting over the hob area at night."

Aug 18, 2017

Credit list

Annika Rowson, Rowson Kitchen & Joinery
Cabinetry hardware
Blum Servo Drive
Marble-finish concrete
Window, aluminium joinery
Felton Axiss in Matt Black
Bosch induction
Fisher & Paykel integrated DishDrawer
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA)
Prime Recon Veneer in Onyx, Keruing, and Sage Acrygloss in white
Corian in Glacier White
Hafele LED lighting strip
Kitchen sink
Blanco Grey composite bowl
Bosch Series 8
Bosch, integrated Powerpack
Fisher and Paykel French door





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