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Modest kitchen in Mafi oak with bronze splashback

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It's a common enough design brief – create a spacious kitchen within a tight space. A clever design will address this need from every angle.

Architects Rob Nerlich and Kate McMahon, of McMahon and Nerlich, took just such an approach for this 4m-wide entertainer's kitchen.

The kitchen defies convention in a tiny space by stepping in from both edges, creating an easy flow around the compact island, says Nerlich.

"We turned the refrigerator by 90 degrees to downplay its presence and the feature Mafi oak ceiling flows down to hide the fridge, becomes cabinet doors, and fronts the rangehood," he says.

McMahon says they added a pantry to the rear, screened in part by a bronze splashback.

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"A pocket slider in the same alloy can be drawn across to merge visually with the splashback – at the same time hiding the pantry from the living area completely," McMahon says.

Appliances are also a feature. These include a state-of-the-art Ilve stove and cooktop, a concealed rangehood and a discreet dishwasher.

"The kitchen has plenty of room for the chef to cook and entertain from. A table on wheels that matches the island can be connected up to the kitchen for family gatherings," Nerlich says.

First published date: 17 September 2015

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Architect McMahon and Nerlich; Rob Nerlich, project leader, and Kate McMahon
Cabinetry Custom Mafi oak cabinet doors; Rymex mirror finish bronze on pantry door
Benchtops Island and rear countertop in stainless steel, custom; tabletop in Super White Dolomite
Floors Pandomo cementitious screed
Pendant light Halo by Hive from Ke-Zu
Light selection Kim Edwards
Splashback Rymex mirror finish bronze
Sink Stainless steel, custom made with benchtop
Taps Technobili pull-out sink mixer from Reece
Oven, cooktop Ilve
Ventilation Whispair rangehood
Dishwasher Fisher & Paykel DishDrawer
Awards TIDA – Highly Commended