Story by Charles Moxham
Photography by Kallan MacLeod
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This contemporary kitchen renovation combines an industrial look with a nod to the home's original 1890s aesthetic
When introducing a 21st-century kitchen as part of a renovation of a classic villa, a single feature can be enough to connect the workspace with the home's rich architectural history.
The owners of this 120-year-old residence asked kitchen designer Natalie Du Bois to create a cooking space with an industrial look as part of a whole-house update.
"I designed a stainless steel rangehood to establish the look," says Du Bois. "This material is repeated on the benchtops and in a deep band on the front of the island."
Furthering the aesthetic, the backdrop to the kitchen is formed by a wall of concrete-look tilework, which also acts as the backsplash.
A breakfast bar provided the opportunity to reference the home's origins.
"Original wood floorboards were recycled and reused as the surface of a table that extends off the island and is used as a breakfast bar," says Du Bois. "The curved table legs play up the contrast between the old and the new, while the white surfaces bring a neutral influence."
First published date: 08 February 2011
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|Kitchen designer||Natalie Du Bois, NKBA, Du Bois Design (Auckland)|
|Kitchen manufacturer||Trend-Wood Kitchens|
|Wall coverings||Half Joanna by Resene|
|Lighting||LED above and below rangehood|
|Cabinetry||Two-pot satin lacquer, matched to Resene Alabaster|
|Benchtops||Stainless steel from SJ Crosbie; timber bench made from existing floorboards by Terry Neal|
|Splashback and wall tiles||Venis Styl from Jacobsens|
|Taps||Minta by Grohe|
|Ventilation||Custom designed by Du Bois Design with Asko power pack|
|Water dispenser||Steaming hot tap by InSinkErator|
|Bar stools||Charles Ghost bar stools by Philippe Starck for Kartell|