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Trends Ideas; Volume 31 No. 13 (N)

Trends Ideas; Volume 31 No. 13 (N)

Modest kitchen in Mafi oak with bronze splashback

It’s a common enough design brief – create a spacious kitchen within a tight space. A clever design will address this need from every angle.

Architects Rob Nerlich and Kate McMahon, of McMahon and Nerlich, took just such an approach for this 4m-wide entertainer’s kitchen.

The kitchen defies convention in a tiny space by stepping in from both edges, creating an easy flow around the compact island, says Nerlich.

“We turned the refrigerator by 90 degrees to downplay its presence and the feature Mafi oak ceiling flows down to hide the fridge, becomes cabinet doors, and fronts the rangehood,” he says.

McMahon says they added a pantry to the rear, screened in part by a bronze splashback.

“A pocket slider in the same alloy can be drawn across to merge visually with the splashback – at the same time hiding the pantry from the living area completely,” McMahon says.

Appliances are also a feature. These include a state-of-the-art Ilve stove and cooktop, a concealed rangehood and a discreet dishwasher.

“The kitchen has plenty of room for the chef to cook and entertain from. A table on wheels that matches the island can be connected up to the kitchen for family gatherings,” Nerlich says

Credit List

SinkStainless steel, custom made with benchtop
TapsTechnobili pull-out sink mixer from Reece
Oven, cooktopIlve
VentilationWhispair rangehood
DishwasherFisher & Paykel DishDrawer
AwardsTIDA – Highly Commended
ArchitectMcMahon and Nerlich; Rob Nerlich, project leader, and Kate McMahon
CabinetryCustom Mafi oak cabinet doors; Rymex mirror finish bronze on pantry door
BenchtopsIsland and rear countertop in stainless steel, custom; tabletop in Super White Dolomite
FloorsPandomo cementitious screed
Pendant lightHalo by Hive from Ke-Zu
Light selectionKim Edwards
SplashbackRymex mirror finish bronze

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