This Highly Commended kitchen designed by Morgan Cronin complements the dark moody palette already chosen for the Millbrook holiday home.
You wouldn’t know to look at this kitchen in a holiday home at Millbrook near Queenstown, that the footprint provided was deceivingly small.
But Auckland designer Morgan Cronin says the size meant his goal was to design a kitchen that would appear larger and grander than the footprint would allow.
The kitchen, which won the Highly Commended Auckland Chapter Kitchen Recognition Award in the 2020 NKBA National Awards, also needed to look the part – it’s position in the centre of the open-plan living space meant it would be the entertaining hub for the family.
Cronin says the owners wanted a classically modern kitchen, with an island large enough to seat up to five people. A separate drinks preparation and storage area was also required.
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A dark and moody palette was chosen to complement the rest of the living space, with Cronin working closely with Emma Gould from White Interiors from the outset. To this end, the kitchen features black-stained oak cabinetry and honed Affogato marble benchtops and a matching marble splashback.
To achieve the required seating at the island, a cantilevered, L-shaped element was seamlessly integrated into the marble benchtop – raised slightly above the rest of the bench to demarcate the seating area.
Cronin says the design of this benchtop, with its internal mitred corner, required intricate stonemasonry: “Steve and his team at Artisan Stone did a superb job, working with this fragile material to produce a brilliant result.”
The cooking area, which features a custom, acid-etched glass extractor box, is flanked by two cabinetry columns containing the pantry and integrated fridge-freezers.
Cronin introduced a custom built-in sideboard for the drinks station – it also provides storage for crockery and other items. This unit features the same black-stained oak cabinetry as the main kitchen, and is fronted with smoked, black-glass doors, which bring an added dimension to the space.
The kitchen and sideboard were built by Pooles Joinery of Invercargill.
Other features include a large complement of Miele appliances, a Wolf 76cm oven, Dornbracht tapware, Burns & Ferrall sinks, Blum hardware, Häfele bins and drawer baskets, and recessed aluminium handle rails by Ullrich Aluminium.
In announcing the award, the judges said the kitchen provided “a luxe, moody look that is cohesive with the vibe of the home”.
“The palette is lovely, with visual interest and the kitchen works well with the gabled roof of the house.”
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