There’s nothing prissy about the rich, warm wood, beautifully crafted marble and bold styling in this kitchen
After taking a detailed brief from his clients, the first thing designer Tom Bazdaric did was lower the original ceiling height to make the room seem warm and inviting.
The brief was for a modern kitchen comprising stainless steel, glass, timber and a unique stone surface without letting the kitchen dominate the home. The benchtop was to lookas though it floats in the space and the appliances had to be the latest technology.
Because the owners regularly entertain, a concealed butler’s kitchen was to be added. With quality in mind, Tom settled on real timber veneer cabinetry that was individually hand edged and lacquered in a rich gloss finish.
Although this was a lengthy and costly process, Tom believed it was absolutely essential that the cabinetry had a natural look to neutralise the more modern elements. The clean lines of the kitchen were achieved by concealing the appliances and crockery behind flat timber panels with seamless handles.
The television was camouflaged behind a sectional panel operated by remote control.
Tom and his clients visited the CDK Stone warehouse to choose the stone features, where staff recommended the striking but potentially dominant solid Pietra Bronze marble for the benchtop. The inclusion of a traditional breakfast bar without letting it overpower the space proved a challenge and the answer was to incorporate the marble into and around the timber cabinetry of the bench so it that appears to overlap and “float”.
The deep, pronounced veins of the stone are carried through all sections of the solid slabs, creating the illusion of one slab — the stonemason’s craft at its absolute best. You will notice there are no overhead cupboards. Instead, a central marble slab was installed behind the cooktop with a sectional black glass splashback flanking both sides.. This design ploy results in a pleasing symmetry between the cooking area and the island.
Finally, a subtle, earthy-coloured glass was chosen to encase the large appliance tower, which accentuates the stainless-steel appliances.
KBQ Designer details
The kitchen was designed by Tom Bazdaric of Camelot Homes and was built by Nordane Kitchens. The stone was supplied by
CDK Stone Pty Ltd
Melbourne 4-6 Freighter Road,
Moorabbin Vic 3189