The island’s sculptural waterfall benchtop and corresponding splashback are in honed black marble, with the cabinetry – finished in an oak veneer – providing a warm, contrasting backdrop. While the splashback plays up the contrast between black stone and warm wood, the front of the island is in the same veneer as the cabinetry, continuing the material contrast. Concealed lighting washes down the marble splashback, accentuating its jet honed surface
Completing the kitchen’s two-tone look, the recessed strip cabinet pulls are also black, as are the melamine linings on some cabinet interiors.
On show to surrounding spaces, the kitchen had to be easy to keep neat and tidy, and having efficient cabinetry and storage were key to this.
“We designed full-height rear cabinetry to the left, dropping the height towards the right, to provide room for the discrete high clerestory windows that bathe the kitchen in natural light.”
The functionality of the generous cabinetry is optimised by easy-access, advanced cabinetry hardware. For example, the cabinet door hinges over-extend to provide full and easy access to cabinet interiors. Similarly, the upper cabinet doors lift out and upwards, meaning hassle-free access to these harder-to-reach spaces.
“Working within the constraints of a fairly limited budget, we kept the overall form simple to allow more to be spent on seamless detailing and finishing – resulting in a warm and user-friendly space all round,” says Lewis.
Eliska Lewis Architects
Blum Clip Top Blumotion 107 degrees soft close hinges; Blum Aventos HS Lift system
Island – Dark Marble slab with honed finish; perimeter – 316 stainless steel, satin brushed
Heritage Robiq double and InSinkErator MSeries 65, from Mojo Modern Joinery
Inlite track/spot lighting, from Halcyon Lighting; LED interior cabinet lighting, from Ambience Systems; long pendants at island countertop – iO,from Clever Design Store
Fisher & Paykel 760 wide double oven unit
Bestwood Natural Wood Veneer – American Oak; Interior – Bestwood Melamine, Carbon Velvet
Halliday & Baillie, matt black, anodised
Dark Marble slab with honed finish
European Oak, from Wanaka Wood Floors
Zucchetti Pan Gooseneck with Pull-out spray, from Robertson
Fisher & Paykel 900 Induction Hob
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Kitchens – Winner