A sculptural island leads the design charge in this crisp white and wood kitchen, where the cabinetry echoes its gleaming star feature 

Designed by Morgan Cronin, Cronin Kitchens

From the designer:


This kitchen forms part of a transformative renovation of a large family home, jointly owned by a surgeon and an architect.

At our initial meeting, the architect set the stage when he showed me plans of his overall design, which included an indicative shape for the proposed kitchen island.

I liked his concept, so used it as a starting point for my design.

Natural looking, large black floor tiles and oak bar stools were specified.

Designer’s response

Given the curves, Corian was the clear choice of material to use for construction of this complex island.

To visually simplify the design and to allow the curves to be the standout feature, the cabinetry is cohesively matched to the Corian.

The cabinetry is both angular and curved to mimic the shape of the island.

Where possible, white appliances (ovens and induction top) were specified, while the remainder were integrated to create a seamless look.

The inspiration for the timber highlights came from the owner’s choice of barstools.

The colour and grain of the light oak adds a warmth and natural texture to an otherwise stark landscape.

The timber is expressed as oak-look tiles in the island seating recess and on the splashback, as well as the open shelving in the scullery.

Watch the slideshow of this TIDA award-winning kitchen and hear Morgan Cronin talk about his design 

Credit list

Cabinetry hardware
Blum Terra Black Legra Box soft-close drawers and hinges, with Blum Walnut cutlery trays and utensil dividers; Blum Servo Drive Uno to assist rubbish bin opening; Häfele Ninka black bins; Häfele Kessebohmer chrome basket drawer
Etic Rovere, matte finish, oak-look tiles – also used in the recess in the Kitchen island
Kitchen – Dornbracht Sync, from Metrix; scullery – Paini Cox stainless steel mixer
Miele white 752mm induction hob
Miele integrated fridge/freezer, with icemaker; Liebherr integrated pull-out drinks fridge; Baumatic wine cabinets (x2)
Water dispenser
Zenith Hydrotap GA Cube – BCS, in brushed nickel; Zenith stand-alone front kit, in brushed nickel
Large black floor tiles
Doors and panels in Kitchen and scullery – 18mm moisture resistant EO board, satin finish polyurethane to match Resene Half Black White; scullery shelving – Sovereign Oak, Timberland finish, from Prime Panels
Kitchen Island and Scullery: Corian Glacier White, by Designer Benchtops
Kitchen – Corian Duo 023 (504x418), Corian Duo 024 (418x418); scullery – Mercer stainless steel DV103 Hartford (500x400).
Miele white 600mm ovens (x2)
Miele 900mm extractor power pack
Fisher & Paykel integrated tallboy dishwasher; Miele integrated dishwasher
Brightlight LED, Profile Lowline 01, with warm white ribbon and opal diffusers
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Kitchens – Winner

Designed by: Morgan Cronin, Cronin Kitchens

Story by: New Zealand TIDA Kitchens

Photography by: Kallan MacLeod

18 Jul, 2021

For more than 30 years, Trends has promoted great home design ideas through its print, digital and online media.The Trends International Design Awards – TIDAs – take that involvement to the next level with the search for the best kitchens, bathrooms and homes across a number of the countries where Trends has a presence.

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