Australian House & Garden


Kate McCluskey, McCluskey Studio & Matt Hainsworth, Cera Stribley McCluskey Studio, Carlton North, Victoria; 0447 579 845 or mccluskeys­ Cera Stribley, Prahran, Victoria; (03) 9533 2582 or


The brief for this home in bayside Melbourne was to create a showcase kitchen that celebrates minimalism and detailing. “A sleek box was created inside the extension to house the kitchen, while a windowed splashback provides an ever-evolving colourful accent to the monochroma­tic palette of black-stained oak and marble,” says interior architect Kate McCluskey, who worked on the project alongside architect Matt Hainsworth of Cera Stribley. The appliances are concealed and the Pitt gas burners are installed directly into the benchtop with a downdraft extractor rising out when it’s required. And the owner couldn’t be happier with the result.

“It’s such a warm and inviting place to come together and take stock – we all slow down in this kitchen!”

ROOM NOTES Custom stained quarter-cut oak cabinetry, E&C Joinery. Cabinetry, benchtop and island benchtop in Ibiza white marble, and Frosty Blue marble flooring, all Marble & Ceramic Corp. Wolf ‘E Series’ ovens, Pitt ‘Drum’ profession­al gas cooktop and Astra Walker ‘Icon+’ tap, E&S. Custom tabletop by McCluskey Studio. Original Charles Eames Office table base and chairs, owners’ own. Knock checked basket, Pan After. Rattan fruit basket, Cabinet De Luxe.

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