Upmarket natural materials and a strong sense of symmetry achieve a restful workspace

This kitchen echoes the wider home’s relaxed, light-filled aesthetic with a focus on natural, honest materials and a pared back design

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​​​​​​​A slender granite island benchtop with waterfall ends frames a front panel in natural wood veneer in this restful kitchen design by architect Joe McGregor.

Sometimes a thoughtful kitchen design will go well beyond making easy material connections to adjacent spaces. Instead, this kitchen by architect Joe McGregor of Bruce Stafford Architects, weaves the wider theme of the home into the design.

“The overall brief was to design a functional home with a minimalistic aesthetic that would respond to the busy life of the owners and their family,” says McGregor.

To achieve the serene feel required, the architect sought to create visual comfort and balance right through the interior, the clean-lined kitchen included. The design strategy was relatively simple – to ensure an authenticity of materials throughout, along with plenty of natural light.

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​​​​​​​With this kitchen’s perimeter cabinetry in white, the veined marble splashback, dark granite island benchtop and wood veneer island front panel all achieve a dramatic, stand-out presence.

For the kitchen, this translated into a light-filled, cooking and socialising space that is open both to the dining and living zone straight ahead and to the balcony with harbour views directly to the right.

In terms of using honest materials – and bringing a quiet opulence to the design – the splashback is in smooth Concordia marble, with a cool grey quartz veining. The surface is all the more dramatic for its surrounding wall of crisp white cabinetry.

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​​​​​​​Appliances that are on display in this kitchen – the gas cooktop included – add silver tones to the palette of wood, exotic stone and white polyurethane.

Adding to the natural material palette, the island features a slender black granite benchtop while the front is finished in a rich, warm wood veneer.

“The owners wanted the kitchen to be as much a social hub as a workspace,” says McGregor. “So, to this end, much of the functionality is consigned to the walk-in pantry or integrated into the cabinetry, such as with the refrigeration.”

Credit list

Joe McGregor, Bruce Stafford Architects
Concordia Marble, from Worldstone
Wine fridge
Darkon & Modular
Island – wood veneer; wall cabinetry – two pack polyurethane, by Collaroy Kitchen
Island – Black Granite, from Worldstone; perimeter benchtop – Caesarstone
Kitchen sink
Oven, cooktop
Water dispenser
Burnished concrete with light aggregate
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Kitchen – Runner Up

Story by: Charles Moxham

Photography by: Nicholas Watt (first image) and Nick Delorenzo

01 Dec, 2019

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