Two-tone family kitchen provides plenty of space and storage

Renovated kitchen with extra long island and Italian tile splashback adds contemporary style to an Arts and Crafts home

This airy kitchen by designer Pauline Stockwell offers cabinetry, countertop, cuisine classique, floor, interior design, kitchen, room, wood flooring, gray
This airy kitchen by designer Pauline Stockwell offers a modern departure to the Arts and Crafts house it inhabits. Toekicks in stainless steel connect with the perimeter and pantry benchtops in the same material. The deep toekicks coupled with concealed lights give a floating effect to the cabinetry at night creating another visual dimension to the reworked room.

This project sits in the context of a beautiful Arts and Crafts residence. The owners loved the home's classic style featuring natural materials and hand-crafted detailing, but not so much the small, dark, outdated kitchen that went with it.

In its place, they wanted a modern kitchen opening out to a courtyard and terraced garden, says designer Pauline Stockwell.

Contrasting the mainly crisp, clean surfaces, the splashback cabinetry, countertop, cuisine classique, floor, home appliance, interior design, kitchen, product design, room, wood flooring, gray
Contrasting the mainly crisp, clean surfaces, the splashback features Italian hexagonal tiles that echo this homes Arts and Craft feel.

"I designed a user-friendly kitchen suitable for a family of four plus friends. The four metre-long, white Corian benchtop doubles as a dining table for six. And, being engaged from early on in the design, I was able to locate this directly under the two skylights which provide sunshine at breakfast time. Corian was chosen for its aesthetic, with stainless steel used on the hob bench for practicality and ease of cleaning."

For a busy family, plenty of storage was a must and the designer added a large side pantry for food stuffs and breakfast preparation. There are also extra-wide kitchen drawers and over-cupboards for functional cooking items, while the extra-deep island houses additional storage.

Designer Pauline Stockwell oriented this kitchen so a architecture, countertop, cuisine classique, daylighting, house, interior design, kitchen, real estate, room, gray
Designer Pauline Stockwell oriented this kitchen so a chef can be preparing food and enjoy tranquil vistas through the skylights to the terraced garden at the same time.

The combination of dark and light materialsaccentuates the sleek design and also works with the wider Arts and Crafts interiors.

Credit list

Pauline Stockwell CKDNZ CBDNZ, Pauline Stockwell Design
Corian, Cameo White; stainless steel Rimex Linen; stainless steel satin
Italian tiles from Tilespace
Miele, induction,
Wine fridge
Vintec, from Kitchen Things
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Kitchens – Highly Commended
Cabinetry finishes
Bestwood oak veneer, dark-stained, and Dulux Double Dannevirke lacquer
Cabinet handles
Katalog EZ
American Oak
Kitchen sink
Miele Culinario,
Miele, integrated,
Fisher & Paykel, from Kitchen Things
Brushed stainless steel

Story by: Charles Moxham

Photography by: Paul McCredie

22 Dec, 2016

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