Published at Thursday, July 04th 2019, 17:59:16 PM. kitchen cabinet. By Baptiste Marino.
When the owners of this 1990s home modernized their kitchen and they decided to add a new family room and informal dining area. As a result, also the kitchen became a gallery space connecting several rooms in the house. Designer Darren Jessop says this meant the kitchen had to be functional and compact.
″ Because it's on show from three sides and it had to have simple also clean lines, It also needed to visually complement the rest of the house,” he says. Understated and hard-wearing materials include a copper splash back and brushed stainless steel and black granite benchtops. These materials highlight the rich, glossy burgundy finish of the cabinetry and the silky oak veneer cupboard doors. For the owners, burgundy was the right color choice because it ties in with the slightly lighter shades of cerise used in adjoining rooms. “The wool covers on the dining chairs are our theme colors for this part of the house — petrol green, gold, lilac, cerise and black,” says one of the owners. The kitchen’s design was also influenced by the fact that only adults would use it.
Designer Darren Jessop worked within the size and shape constraints of the original kitchen to the design of this new space. He used simple clean lines for an uncluttered, minimalist look. The owner chose burgundy lacquer because they left it was strong. A classic color that wouldn't date. Ceiling-high cabinets create extra storage space.
Because the children have their own kitchen downstairs, the owners could incorporate appliances and features to suit their lifestyles. Despite space restrictions, these include a benchtop barbecue, wall oven, ceramic hob, and dishwasher. The kitchen also features a built-in wine rack and shelving for decorative items. "It functions well even though it’s a small kitchen. There’s a generous amount of bench space and because there’s a flow through into the other rooms, it doesn’t feel tight.”
When the owners added an informal dining area and family room to this end of the kitchen, it became a focal point for the house.
Stainless steel insets detail to the kitchen’s silky oak veneer cabinetry. A brushed stainless steel benchtop with bull nose edging and Stephan Rondel door pulls highlight the warmth and variation in the oak’s grain.