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One of the consequences of open-plan living is the need to cater to the disparate functions of cooking, entertaining and relaxing – all within a single, cohesive space. The results can be a bit hit and miss, especially if you're trying to accommodate a mix of styles.

Kitchen designer Morgan Cronin was asked to create a contemporary kitchen space within this character villa.

"It's a great combination, mixing the old with the new. The key is to keep the contrast in detail obvious and not to dilute one with the other. The villa, for example, maintains its traditional details, with large skirtings, scotia and moulded ceiling battens throughout. The kitchen, with its minimal detailing and clean, square edges is not overpowering, but nor is it overwhelmed – and in this way, demonstrates the timeless quality of good design."

The homeowners were looking to create a strong visual statement, says Cronin, and wanted marble to be the defining feature.

"The clients were very clear about this, so we spent a lot of time looking at different stones in various colours together. The Statuario Venato stood out as the best quality example. It is very white with beautifully defined grey veining – which plays off both the stained oak and stainless steel.


"If the kitchen was totally white, it would be minimalist in style. Instead, we have combined these three classic materials to create a softer, more contemporary look."

Another classical aspect of the design is the observance of symmetry, both in the form of the island and the upper cabinetry, and in the use of bookmatched marble.

"The island has been designed to maximise its impact on this large-scale room. Symmetry is created by the uninterrupted 5.4m-long row of cupboards on the back wall, underlined by the marble elements," says Cronin.

First published date: 12 April 2012

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Kitchen designer Morgan Cronin NKBA, Cronin Kitchens (Auckland)
Kitchen manufacturer Cronin Kitchens
Oven Miele from Kitchen Things
Cooktop Miele induction from Kitchen Things
Ventilation Bosch from Kitchen Things
Refrigeration and dishwasher Miele integrated from Kitchen Things
Splashback and island Honed Statuario Venato marble from PSP Stonecraft
Cabinetry Stained American oak; alabaster high-gloss polyurethane
Hardware and storage systems Blum
Benchtops and sink Stainless steel from S J Crosbie Stainless Steel
Flooring Oak from Freedom Flooring
Lighting Häfele LED under cabinetry
Taps Dornbracht from Metrix
Waste disposal InSinkErator; Häfele waste bins