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Minimalist, contemporary kitchen with stainless steel island by Morgan Cronin

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This kitchen sits in an open-plan living space in a modern family home. Concealed behind the main kitchen is a walk-in scullery.

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Yes, the oven would have been ideally placed there – if not for that dividing wall! Planning the layout of your kitchen before construction of your house is under way allows for tweaks of spatial and structural alignment that can have a dramatic impact on the final outcome.

For this new-build project, the owners asked designer Morgan Cronin to create a clean-lined, contemporary kitchen that would be on show to the living spaces.

To ensure the kitchen would look its best when the owners were entertaining, they also requested a separate scullery to keep all cooking clutter, countertop appliances and most storage out of sight and mind, says Cronin.

"There were some constraints, such as the full-height window on the rear external wall, which had a symmetrical relationship with the front elevation of the house," says Cronin. "However, we were able to move two partitioning walls – allowing the scullery entry to align with the rear window and contribute to the symmetry in the kitchen."

The placement of the entrance also neatly divides the scullery and prep area in two, giving easy access into the elongated room.


"While this led the layout, the aesthetic of the kitchen is dominated by the all-stainless steel island, with a breakfast bar attached.

"The mass of shiny alloy draws the eye, chimes with the refrigerator and contributes to the light-filled nature of the greater space," says the designer.

"The attached seating area is finished in bead-blasted, heavily grained oak, bringing a solid, ageless appeal to the design."

This wood is repeated in the floor-to-ceiling cabinetry and cupboards above and below the cooking area.

First published date: 06 August 2012

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Kitchen designer Morgan Cronin NKBZ, Cronin Kitchens
Kitchen manufacturer Cronin Kitchens
Cabinetry Bead-blasted American oak with gray wash; polished stainless steel from Crosbie Stainless Steel
Hardware Blum
Storage system Blum Intivo drawers and Blum hinges
Countertops Polished stainless steel; American oak by Woodsmiths; Corian in Glacier White
Oven, dishwasher Miele from Kitchen Things
Cooktop Wolf from Kouzina
Ventilation Gaggenau from Kitchen Things
Refrigeration Sub-Zero from Kouzina
Backsplash Tiles from Design Source
Floors Stained oak
Lighting Island light from Boffi, LED strip lights from Häfele
Kitchen sink Crosbie Stainless Steel; Blanco Silgranit from Häfele
Faucets Dornbracht from Metrix
Waste disposal Häfele bins and InSinkErator from Kitchen Things