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Contemporary upmarket kitchen suits renovated villa setting

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Dark meets lights and smooth meets textured in this light filled family kitchen that celebrates contrasts – a walk in scullery is to one side

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An effective kitchen design will reflect balance in form, tone and texture – as well as fitting into the bigger design picture.

This large family kitchen with walk-in scullery by designer Morgan Cronin has been designed in conjunction with a substantial renovation of a double storey villa.

"In terms of looks, the owners wanted a contemporary aesthetic that combined timber, satin lacquer, marble and Corian," says Cronin. "The kitchen also had to both stand out as a feature and at the same time work well with its wider surroundings."

As the kitchen is a social hub for the family, the owners also requested seating at the island for four or preferably five.

The combination of the dark-stained, textured wire-brushed planked oak with honed white marble results in a classic-meets-contemporary look. These high-end finishes, contrasting texture and tone, ideally suit the renovation of the older home.


"To assimilate the new kitchen into its surroundings, we proportioned the wall cabinetry to be neatly framed by the nib walls and bulkheads," says the designer. "To further integrate the spaces, the traditional scotia continues from the living and dining room into the kitchen."

Similarly, the feature black 2.4m-wide custom extractor is designed to suit the proportions of the large kitchen window.

"However, it was a fine balancing act here as the rangehood needed to make a strong statement to ensure it wouldn't be lost in the mass of windows," says Cronin. "At the same time it had to be fine enough to not impede morning sun flowing into the kitchen or inhibit the view out to the kids playing in the backyard and pool."

And the kitchen is as hard-working as it is attractive and in keeping.

The large fridges and dishwasher are integrated into the cabinetry, with two more dishwashers located in the scullery.

The generous space available allows for the simple luxury of the chef being able to stroll out of sight into the well-equipped workspace around the corner.

Cabinetry interiors feature advanced hardware and compartmentalised storage while some have interior lighting.

First published date: 09 December 2017

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Designer Morgan Cronin, Cronin Kitchens Cabinetry Kitchen – Planked American Oak Wire Brushed Veneer from Prime Panels, Black Wash stain by Wallace Furniture; scullery – MREO MDF by Prime Panels with a two-pot satin polyurethane finish to match Resene Sea Fog by Wallace Furniture Finishers
Cabinetry hardware Blum Legrabox drawer runners and hinges; bins/vegetable basket drawer by Hafele
Benchtops Kitchen – Honed Alarti Extra Marble from Marmotech; scullery – Corian Glacier White by Designer Benchtops
Splashback Subway tiles
Taps Kitchen – Black Dornbracht Elio from Metrix; scullery – Black Water Mark from The Kitchen Hub
Sinks Kitchen and scullery – Black Lyttleton from Ikon
Ovens Miele Oven, Combi Oven from Kouzina Appliances
Cooktop Miele Induction Hob from Kouzina Appliances
Rangehood Miele 700mm Extractor
Fridges Miele Integrated Fridge/Freezers
Dishwashers Kitchen – Miele Integrated XL; Scullery – F & P Dishdrawers
Waste Kitchen and scullery – Evo 100 Waste Masters from Kouzina Appliances.
Floors French Oak by CTC Timber Floors
Lighting Kitchen – extractor hood and crockery cupboard fitted with Brightlight Warm White LED Light Strips; scullery shelving – Hafele LED spot lights
Awards Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Kitchens – Highly Commended