Going over to the dark side in this all-black kitchen


Phoebe and Will Clinton-Baker, the husband-and-wife team behind Workshop Designs in New Zealand, have stepped over to the dark side with an all-black kitchen in their new house in Masterton.

Having seen (and built) a lot of white kitchens, they wanted to do something different for their own home. But there were two requirements for going all black: to have a solid-black benchtop (without any fleck) and to incorporate timber accents.

Phoebe and Will designed the kitchen, which Will spent late nights building. Creating an efficient work triangle, it incorporates the cooktop and ovens facing the wall, with the refrigerator adjacent, and the sink in the island bench opposite. “We love having the sink in the island because it makes working in the kitchen nice and social as it looks onto our living area,” says Phoebe.

Black-on-black is a sophisticated choice and works well for Phoebe and Will’s kitchen as the space is flooded with natural light. The couple selected different black materials, while ensuring they all had matt surfaces. They fell in love with the velvet texture of the black plywood and added barely visible black handles to the joinery. Black tiles against the back wall serve as the splashback, and a black sink, cooktop and oven are seamlessly integrated.

Phoebe and Will selected Dekton by Cosentino in colour Sirius, for the benchtops because of its solid black colour, smooth texture and easy maintenance and durability. They wanted a surface that could be easily wiped down, that wouldn’t chip or scratch and that had a high heat rating, so dishes could go straight from the oven to the benchtop. “The Dekton benchtop has such a unique texture and everyone is drawn to it,” says Phoebe. “It’s totally functional too; not just a pretty stone but one that has a purpose and can withstand heat.”

Designer Workshop Designs

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