Kitchens by Design discuss a special brief they received to update the kitchen of a 1960s home designed by architect Ron Sang
Kitchens by Design create a modern kitchen in an important 1960s home
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We chat with Kitchen Day participant Kitchens By Design about the kitchen they designed for an architecturally important home.
What was the brief for this kitchen?
Shane George, Designer It was designed for an architecturally significant 1960s home by Ron Sang, and it features a large picture window that takes up an entire wall. The new homeowners wanted a contemporary kitchen, but wanted it to stay in keeping with the style of the original home.
They wanted improved workflow and more bench space, along with convenient storage for an extensive small-appliance collection. They also wanted some built-in cabinetry for the adjacent dining room.
How did you respond to the brief?
The original features of the house were kept and referred to, such as the serving hatch in the back wall and the mahogany accents in the shelving and dresser. The tall elements – fridge, ovens and pantry – are all housed in tall, black-stained oak cabinets on the wall opposite the window. An 800mm-deep hob bench was specified, with on- and above-bench storage for small appliances, cook books and cooking equipment.
The width of the benchtop containing the double sink was also greatly increased from the original layout, and is located under a large northeast-facing window. The addition of a retro-inspired dresser in the dining room gives additional storage for both the kitchen and dining room, including a drinks area with a wine cabinet, and built-in cutlery drawers facing into the kitchen.
The mix of black-stained oak and white polyurethane cabinetry, white-veined black granite with a leather finish, and the mahogany and stainless- steel accents, delivers a richness and sophistication to the space, in keeping with its architectural past.
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