Wednesday, 9 May 2012

modern retro glam

This new kitchen belongs to my friend Amanda who very kindly allowed me to take some pictures and ask her some questions.
Amanda is a great cook and incredible host.  It is always a joy to be invited for dinner.

Who were the people who did your kitchen?

"Stylehouse Kitchens, who are awesome cabinet makers, though you need to work with them on the design side as I found  them to be rather conservative.
The kitchen brief was to design an easy working kitchen for a family of 5 consisting of 3 young kids and an avid cook.  The kitchen is always the engine of the home, for creating, eating, discussion, homework, entertaining, laughter and in our case dancing.  We drew from many styles, retro, country, and industrial.  While still maintaining the design it also had to complement the 60s decor of the rest of the house.
We opened the kitchen up to flow into the living areas by removing the half walls and posts.  It was reinforced by cantilevering a 12x4 beam in the ceiling.
Creating open spaces for entertaining is important to me so I can cook and entertain at the same time.
It had to be easy to maintain and look gorgeous."

The oven is a F.L Bone Falcon Excel FSD 110 dual fuel in black.
The features include, slow cook separate oven, fan assisted oven x 2, defrost fan circulates cold air only.  Rapid response 220C in 6 minutes, separate grill, wok element, wok cradle, x 4 gas hobs, ceramic hob and griddle.

The tap is Reece teknobili Oz T7 chrome full out mixer 137.

The cabinets are made from moisture resistant 18mm board quarter cut covered with American white oak veneer.  The boards were individually picked for high grain detail.
We created the colour with a combination of dyes to compliment floor and wall colour.  A laborious process of toing and froing, but definitely  worth it. ( the light, angles and surrounding pallets drastically effect the colour tone.)
The open shelving is designed to give the kitchen an industrial working kitchen edge...veneer covered ply with stainless steel bars to hold cast iron pans etc.

The final surface was coated with a marine finish to protect it from UV and halogen discolouring and finger prints.  The bench top is 'Caesarstone' Risotto 30mm.

The stools are from 'Real time' in Ponsonby and 'trademe'.

The drawers are Blum Tandembox soft close.

The fridge is 'Fisher & Paykel french door with ice and water - 614L RF610ADUM2.

The coffeemaker is Italian - VBM domobar super stainless from Vibemme.
The gold mosiac tiles from 'Duno' in Sydney.


  1. Love your pics Erin..have you got a full kitchen picture to give a sense of scale?

  2. I know. I took those before I got the tripod and they weren't clear enough.
    I ll come back another day.