Developed as a multi-level warehouse conversion in Melbourne’s inner suburb of Richmond, the previous kitchen was of a similar layout but lacking modern amenities and storage solutions. Tired of its basic design, the owners knew it was time for a makeover and handed the job over to the expertise and superior workmanship of The Kitchen Place to create their new designer kitchen in Richmond.
The whole concept of the new design was to keep everything concealed and as unobtrusive as possible, so the first solution was to open the former fridge area and create a concealed but functional walk-in pantry and preparation area. The designer, Bruce Goode, knew the owners loved to cook and entertain, so special attention was given to the overall layout of the kitchen to allow both partners enough room to work together in the same space.
The island was greatly simplified to create an uncluttered preparation bench that was big enough to act as a serving area as well. The oven and microwave were set in the island, purposely positioned away from the cooktop and sink, allowing better access to the appliances and a closer proximity to the serving area. Not only does this emphasise the striking yet modest design, but also caters for the needs of the owners and their social lifestyle.
There are also a few other special features about this state-of-the-art kitchen, including the best appliances available, such as Miele, DeLonghi and Bosch, not to mention the best quality fixtures, drawers, bin solutions and concealed undercabinet task lighting. Coupled with the existing resurfaced timber flooring, the final statement of this designer kitchen was the choice of finish for which the black on black was chosen for dramatic effect. Striking in appearance, this kitchen not only defines the beautiful and bold design of the rest of the home, it creates an effortless function that even a head chef couldn’t resist.
Design: The Kitchen Place
Text: Kitchens & Bathrooms Quarterly Vol.18 No.1