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This contemporary kitchen renovation combines an industrial look with a nod to the home's original 1890s aesthetic

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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.

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"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
Flooring Existing floorboards
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
Kitchen sink Linea
Taps Minta by Grohe
Oven, cooktop Ilve
Ventilation Custom designed by Du Bois Design with Asko power pack
Refrigeration Samsung
Dishwasher Asko
Waste disposal InSinkErator
Water dispenser Steaming hot tap by InSinkErator
Bar stools Charles Ghost bar stools by Philippe Starck for Kartell