We can’t keep our eyes off one of our recently completed projects! Loved being able to combine original heritage elements with the fresh modern lift that the clients had dreamt of.
The unit in the converted wool stores located in New Farm, backs onto the Brisbane River with a lush yard space linking the property to the Riverwalk behind. The double level unit is owned by a semi-retired couple who own multiple properties in the Brisbane surrounds, and wanted to create a space just for them. Somewhere they could enjoy their lifestyle to its full potential.
The existing unit contained many existing features such as its exposed columns, beams and original brick work which was to be drawn out in the new space and would remain as a heritage characteristic of the building. The existing kitchen was made up of many high shine reflective surfaces throughout the joinery with a very mulled down colour palette of nudes and whites. These colours were contrasted by an all black island bench which disrupted the continuity of the space and closed in the area. Although the existing kitchen layout worked within the space, the all modern style needed refinement with industrial elements needed to link it to the rest of the home.
The main intentions with the kitchen was to create a modern industrial kitchen that worked in the architectural style and building heritage, sitting timelessly within the unit no matter what furniture surrounded. We chose many finishes in the space such as textural patterned tiles, large format Porcelain sheets and powder coated metals to create this desired feel. Working within the existing kitchen’s architectural footprint was the main challenge of the design, ensuring the layout worked effectively within the exposed structural beams and gave them intention in the space rather than divergence.
The benchtops and joinery fronts within the kitchen were completely cladded in a Laminam porcelain compact product, 12mm for the benchtop surface and 3mm for the joinery fronts. To help the clients open the large drawers in the design, all the drawer joinery utilised Blum Servo Drive electrical opening systems custom designed and built for efficiency and ease of the client’s use. All appliances within the kitchen were integrated into the joinery and positioned at heights to suit the client’s ergonomics, including a Subzero built in fridge and Miele cooking appliances mounted into the wall height cabinets. An electric under bench pop up is positioned within the island bench to hide away all those typical benchtop appliances which creates space and aids in decluttering the usable bench space. Above the island bench sits the custom designed metal frame overhead unit. This unit embraces the industrial elements of the apartment and I believe is the main feature of this beautiful kitchen.
Above the Island falls the ‘Flos Aim’ pendant light feature which plays on the double height void of the room and compliments the exposed metal shelves above the parallel bench. Another standout element of the space is the feature splashback hexagonal ‘Otto Mosaic Grigio’ tiles which adds texture and aids in crafting the desired industrial touch to the unit, it incapsulates and grounds the kitchen with in this large open plan apartment layout.
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