Heart of the home Function and wow-factor work together
LIGHT, LOVELY AND ON-TREND, THIS SPECTACULAR KITCHEN DELIGHTS ITS OWNERS EVERY DAY
Atestament to style and performance, the kitchen of Lyn and Craig’s recently built Melbourne home is a pleasure to spend time in – with its Arabascato marble benchtops, two-toned joinery, state-of-the-art appliances and huge butler’s pantry. “I wanted a very modern kitchen,” says Lyn. “With a husband in the [building] business, I was able to have the best and latest trends, with magnificent pot drawers and cupboards with electronic lift-up doors.” And the stunning and spacious result is everything she could have hoped for. “Most of all, we wanted a useable space with room for our family and friends to be able to enjoy,” says Lyn. “We love to have people over – and the island bench, being wide and deep, is the place where we seem to start, with drinks before dinner. There’s plenty of space to spread out.” The couple, owners of Werribee Joinery & Cabinet Works, drew upon the expertise and experience of Briony Darcy of DE Atelier Architects to design their home, including, of course, this kitchen. “It’s such a practical space and there’s really nothing I would do differently,” says Lyn.
One of the stars of this kitchen, designed by Briony Darcy of DE Atelier Architects, is an expansive central island bench, dramatically cantilevered at one end. “There’s always a family member at the island bench – we have breakfast here every day,” says homeowner
Lyn, who selected Chris Connelldesigned walnut ‘Duke’ stools from Map Furniture as comfy inclusions. Nothing speaks style quite like the eye-catching trio of pendants above. For similar, try replica Marcel Wanders ‘Skygarden Luminaire’
90cm pendants from Matt Blatt.
As is the case with most modern kitchens, ample storage was high on the design wishlist. And homeowner Lyn’s territory, with its bank of overhead lift-up cupboards and under-counter drawers, as well as a large butler’s pantry, delivers (above right). “A butler’s pantry is the ideal place to hide your clutter, so you can maintain a pristine, clean-look kitchen,” says Briony. Homeowner Lyn adds: “It lets me have my electrical appliances set out ready for use on the bench, and open-fronted drawers below the benchtop gives good visibility as to what’s in the pantry.”
ON THE SURFACE
Highly veined, honed Arabascato marble from CDK Stone tops the benchtops and lines the splashback, beautifully offsetting the blackheart sassafras timber cabinetry and 2-pac finish in Dulux White Duck. “The timber’s powerful texture competes in visual appeal to the marble,” says architect Briony Darcy.