How this dramatic black kitchen balances function with beauty

14 June 2019

Dramatic design in a modernist setting, this elegant black kitchen manages to achieve a stunning statement whilst maintaining essential practicality

Project
New family home

Designer
Chris Tate

Location
Takapuna, Auckland

Brief
A dramatic design in a modernist setting


How is the kitchen placed within the home?

The kitchen is the focal point of the living space in a house that comprises two perpendicular rectangular boxes, one on top of the other in the modernist style.

You’ve used a dramatic contrast of light and dark – talk us through the visual textures used.

The materials were selected with the complete project in mind. The stone benchtops and splashback were hand selected from Italian Stone – our belief is that the bench should be the best material in the house as it’s the most used and touched surface.

How have you managed storage?

There’s no scullery in this design, whereas we would typically include one in a modern kitchen. However, we have a half scullery behind the cabinetry for appliances such as a toaster and coffee machine.

The living area is open plan – have you used any design devices to demarcate the kitchen from the rest of the area?

The open-plan space is designed for furniture. The kitchen materials and form present a dramatic presence, as do the raw steel elements in the space, the spiral staircase and fireplace surround.

What do the owners enjoy most about the design?

The use of space and scale makes for ease of use.


Benchtop Granite in ‘Titanium Gold’ with a leathered finish by Italian Stone; 30mm classic-polish stainless steel by Staybrite Stainless Steel

Cabinetry Prime art veneer with a black stain and two-pack clear coat by Royale Kitchens

Cooktop Fisher & Paykel gas-on-glass 900mm

Flooring Polished concrete

Hardware ‘Antaro’ by Blum

Lighting LED strip lighting to cabinetry and benchtop overhang

Oven Fisher & Paykel 600mm under-bench ovens

Rangehood Fisher & Paykel Powerpack

Sink ‘Aoraki 860-20’ in Nero by Archant.

Photography by: Mark Scowen.

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