White coastal kitchen complements the blue ocean

A substantial island in exotic veined marble is matched with minimalist cabinetry and touches of natural timber – this kitchen offers both a focal point and a natural complement to the ocean outlooks

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​​​​​​​So, what colours go with the brilliant blue of the ocean? This white and timber kitchen by Urbane Projects provides an ideal complement to the coastal scenery.

A grand seaside home almost always comes with one particular design conundrum – how to introduce a dramatic entertainer’s kitchen without detracting from the all-important water views.

This contemporary kitchen by whole-house designer Steve Gliosca of Urbane Projects offers a master class in standing out while fitting in.

“The homeowners wanted the kitchen to be in keeping with the clean-lined home it forms part of,” says Gliosca. 

“They also wanted it to be used by several family members at once. To achieve the latter, we introduced a generous 4m-long island to deliver plenty of front-of-house workspace, and a long scullery – complete with seaview end window – running full-length directly behind the kitchen.”

The sink is set in the island so the chef can prep and converse with guests at the same time.

The kitchen’s floor-to-ceiling wall cabinetry, rear of island drawers and the scullery together offer a wealth of storage and worksurfaces. Plus open shelving – both above the servery counter at left and in the visible end of the scullery –  provides space for cookbooks or display items.

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​​​​​​​Cooking with views. As well as looking to the sea on one side, the kitchen looks out across the dining and living areas to an outdoor room and swimming pool beyond. The outdoor room becomes one with the indoor entertainment zone with the retraction of two substantial sets of stacker doors. Strip ventilation in the kitchen at ceiling height avoided the need for a bulky extraction unit.

In addition, the breakfast bar is positioned along the seaside windows, so the family can take tea and toast while gazing out to the ocean.

However, it’s the pared back look and choice of materials that really achieves the required balancing act between seascape and workspace.

“The centrepiece of the kitchen is the large waterfall island, finished in a rich, veined white marble,” says Gliosca. “The luxurious stone is matched with white cabinetry faces and both are offset by touches of natural timber.”

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A long marble-clad kitchen island is the central feature of this kitchen and includes a fitted chopping board that can be positioned anywhere along the island. Other timber accents include the upper cabinetry behind the island, open shelving and the breakfast bar countertop.

Besides for display shelves, timber is used on a sliding bench-fitted chopping board and on the perimeter upper cabinetry. The overlapping look of the chopping board is also echoed in another timber element. The breakfast bar extends over the side cabinetry as an under-stated, playful design element.

Recessed niche cabinetry handles contribute to a minimalist feel that avoids detracting from the views. On a more pragmatic note, they avoid clothing catching when more than one chef is operating in the kitchen at once.

“The island’s waterfall benchtop keeps this star feature simple in form, while the integrated fridge, concealed rangehood and a flush-set  cooktop also contribute to the understated aspect of the kitchen design,” says the designer.

Credit list

Steve Gliosca, Urbane Projects
Staturio Venato Marble
Kitchen sink
Piazza Plus, undermount, with glass sink cover, from Abey
Oven, cooktop, refrigeration
Miele, from Winning Appliances
Wine fridge
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Kitchens – Winner
Cleaf Matrix, Noce Daniela, by JH Wilberforce
Quantum Quartz in Ultra White
Armando Vicario, from Abey
Fisher & Paykel, from Winning Appliances
Estiluz Volta pendants, from Alti Lighting

Story by: Charles Moxham

Photography by: Joel Barbitta

24 May, 2019

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