heart of brass
Dare to boldly bare all with a super-minimal kitchen that gets its wow factor by combining grey with brass. Tall banks of simple cabinetry are future-proof chic and the island is an impressive spot for guests to hang out as you cook
THE TREND Think of this look as sophisticated Scandi. Clean lines and a muted palette acquire instant glamour when they’re placed against gleaming brass. WHY IT WORKS Because brass is such a stand-out material, you can keep all other elements in your kitchen simple, which makes for fuss-free styling! Note how the designer of this kitchen has opted for plain, handle-free cabinet doors and a low-profile induction cooktop so that the island bench becomes the kitchen’s star attraction.
TRY IT IF You’re a lover of simple spaces and a self-confessed perfectionist who prides yourself on clutter-free benchtops! This kitchen in Stockholm was designed as part of the conversion of an old embassy into an apartment. So, while it looks seriously modern, it’s a great way to create a contrast against the elegant architectural features found in many heritage homes. SPLURGE ON Brass structural elements.
SAVE ON Accessories. This is a look that’s best kept simple.
In this space, classic meets contemporary in a look that blends panelled cabinets and marble with modern elements to bring a casual elegance into the heart of the home
THE TREND There’s no doubt about it, a white or pale grey kitchen that incorporates natural materials is a chic but safe choice. The new direction in neutral kitchens looks to details like leather door pulls to update panelled doors and island benches with furniture-like detailing to give marble benchtops a new look. WHY IT WORKS The bright cabinets are warmed up by the honey-coloured timbers and brass stools. Black legs on the island bench and black tapware help to anchor the look. Note that there’s a good balance of glossy and matte surfaces in this kitchen. This keeps the overall feel calming.
TRY IT IF You want the best of both worlds: classic and contemporary.
SPLURGE ON A custom-designed island bench that will be the centre of attention. SAVE ON The sink! If you’re going for an undermount sink that is mostly hidden, an inexpensive option will do the job.
Based in Stockholm, Richard Lindvall’s design work spans from interiors to photography and graphic design. Although his style could be described as minimal, Richard often uses materials with natural textures to add warmth and glamour. He also designs furniture and fittings for his interiors, making each project unique. Richardlindvall.com MEET THE DESIGNER
FROM LEFT Smeg 50s style toaster in Chrome, $199, Harvey Norman. All-Clad copper core 10-Piece cookware set, $1900, Williams-Sonoma. Miele “KM 6349” flush-mount induction cooktop, $3499, 8Appliances. DA 2270 extractor unit, $1699, Miele. Round tin in Brass (12cm diameter), $38, Lightly. Bloomingville aluminium tray in Brushed Gold (40cm diameter), $220, Clickon Furniture. Brass bottle opener, $32.50, Lightly. Franke “Ancona” undermount sink (51cm x 43cm), $305, Reece. Vola “KV1” kitchen mixer, $1368, Sydney Tap And Bathroomware. Calypso tall bar stool in Brass, $355, Beeline Design.
Colours and finishes
FROM LEFT Polytech Valchromat cabinet doors in Grey Raw. The Architect Collection “Herringone Block” timber flooring, $110 a sq m, Royal Oak Floors. Dulux Wash&Wear paint in Lexicon, $71.90 for 4L.
TOP LEFT Oliveri double bowl undermount sink (78.5cm x 45.5cm), $822, The Good Guys. Varv clamp spotlight in Brass, $45, Ikea. ABOVE FROM LEFT
Marble look salad bowl, $24.95, Harvey Norman. Anki serving set in Grey, $49.95, CO:Home. Electrolux “EHG953SA” 90cm gas cooktop, $848, The Good
Guys. H 2661 B CleanSteel 60cm oven, $1999, Miele. Barton marble serving board, $69.95, Country Road. Ferm Living “Hexagon” bottle opener, $48,
Amara. Mizu “Drift” sink mixer in Black, $362, Reece. RF610ADUSX5 614L French door fridge (90cm x 1.79m x 73cm), $3599, Fisher & Paykel.
Colours and finishes
FROM LEFT Carrara honed marble in White/Cream, from $250 a sq m, SNB Stone. Corian benchtop in Glacier White, from $165 a sq m. Senso Lifestyle Timber clear vinyl sheet flooring, $57.20 a m (3m wide), Bunnings. Kaboodle 300mm “Country” cabinet door in Nougat Truffle, $89.23, Bunnings.