The homeowners embarked on this renovation hoping to revive their 1890s house and to inject some personal style into the home. Above all, the kitchen needed to be functional, practical and easy to maintain.
One of its main faults was that it was enclosed. During the renovation, the room was opened up to integrate seamlessly with the nearby living area, creating a space perfect for both entertaining and family living. The homeowners really loved the Carrara marble benchtop in the former kitchen, but it was a bit worn so we removed it from the benchtop and used it strategically in other parts of the space. We used Dekton for the kitchen benchtop and rangehood cladding and used the marble for the splashback and west wall joinery benchtop. In this way the beauty of the marble was retained while Dekton, an equally beautiful but also robust and heat-resistant material, was employed for areas of heavy use.
The homeowners have a love for natural materials that age gracefully, so natural American oak was selected for the external faces of the joinery, and a Long John pendant light was purchased to complement the oak. The pendant light was hung from the ceiling with custom-made tan leather straps. Leather detail then became the feature for handles and accessories used throughout the remainder of this gorgeous kitchen.
Designer: Frank Iaria for Mint Kitchen Group
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Originally in the Kitchen Yearbook Issue 22