Dramatic kitchen project

Bold and striking, this is one space designed to attract attention

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The brief for designer Stuart Dougall was to create a dramatic kitchen that would also be easy to use every day. The home’s previous kitchen was a marble and beech-coloured veneer number that Stuart says had “had a hard life”, and the owners wanted their new kitchen to better match its surroundings.

“The penthouse apartment is surrounded by glass so we were asked for a non-reflective and dark finish,” Stuart says. The apartment’s location also made access difficult and meant Stuart and his team only had a limited amount of space to work with. Other design considerations included the height of the existing bulkheads, as well as the integration of the fridge and the integration of an under counter to the island bench.

Stepping into the space, the sense of drama the owners desired is immediately obvious. The unique splashback, designed around the owners’ favourite wallpaper, adds a further bold touch to the colour scheme. The integrated appliances give a modern and streamlined look and there’s ample room for the couple’s food preparation needs.

The island is the centrepiece of the space, featuring “Jaipur pepper” Italiana stone and also clad in Caesarstone “urban”. The island area is raised to hide any mess and also offers plenty of extra useful bench space.

“Left of the oven is a curved wall and touch-latch cabinetry with a fixed panel to house the intercom,” Stuart says. In another very modern touch, lighting, music and interior climate can all be controlled via iPad.

With an enviable position overlooking the Albert Park grand prix track, this striking kitchen is the perfect blend of good looks and functional design.

Designer details
The kitchen was designed and built by Melbourne Contemporary Kitchens
Address 7-9 Newcastle Rd, Bayswater Vic 3153
Phone (03) 9720 7575
Website www.melbournecontemporarykitchens.com

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Cabinetry Two-pack satin black flat panel
Panels Two-pack satin black flat panel
Internal hardware Blum Tandembox internal drawers, Hafele Le Mans corner unit
Benchtop Caearstone “Urban” with Italiana stone island feature (“Jaipur pepper”)
Handles Designer Doorware Richmond
Splashback Wallpaper with pure clear glass
Kickboards Brushed aluminium
Lighting LED spotlights under cabinet, LED strip lighting, pendant island light

Oven Neff
Cooktop/hotplate Neff induction
Rangehood/canopy Smeg undermount
Dishwasher Miele integrated
Refrigerator Liebherr integrated

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