A luxe renovation, embracing the transitional style. This design encompasses a contemporary and modernist style, yet with deep focus on functional and ergonomic elements.
The Liverpool Street renovation is clever, both in the layout and functionality, but also in the interior theme and mood to reflect a transitional style. As owner Brendon said, “We wanted to have a kitchen that fitted in with the unique style of the home, but be modern and functional”. A design brief like this was quite a trick, especially in this beautiful character home. This Liverpool Villa, already full of charisma and nuances from its build many decades ago, is special. And with younger owners, keen to embrace modernist trends, the interior design scheme had to be carefully balanced to be sympathetic to the internal character of the home, yet fulfil the clients brief.
The layout designed as a family-hub
The layout is fundamental to the overall structure and style of a kitchen.
In this case, with a young family, and a passion for entertaining, the kitchen was to be ‘a large functional, efficient cooking engine for the home’.
So, a center island was specified with ample room to seat family and friends on bar stools.
Another clever feature was putting the induction hob in the centre, allowing the preparation of food in the kitchen come to the fore; imagine the cook being able to entertain guests while cooking on the hob around this elegant island bench creating a collaborative dining experience.
Luxe yet organic-themed materials
In all character homes, there is something grandiose and stately, found even in the smallest details. With new materials being added to this Villa’s renovation, the selection was complex, and thoughtful. Again, a transitional style was kept in mind by selecting elaborate and luxurious materials that were in keeping with the homes original organics.
A golden toned marble porcelain was selected as a lavish yet natural looking benchtop and surface material. And, as a large social family, the benchtop surfaces, had to be durable.
As Brendon stated that, ‘both our previous kitchens had stainless steel benchtops…so we were just used to putting anything on it, anything hot’. By selecting Archant Porcelain, manufactured by Florim, the designer could guarantee this functionality in such a modern surface.
Other components in the material selection was the full-height wood grained cabinetry which cleverly pairs with the original Matai flooring and the hardware; handles, tapware and lighting. To identify with the existing elements on the exterior, Brushed Brass hardware was selected. This not only complemented the brass elements on the exterior, but complement the gold tones in the benchtop material and add to the luxury and grandeur of the space.
Transitional style; a contemporary and traditional combination
The transitional style is not easily described, but perhaps allows the interior designer the greatest freedom to select from a range of styles. In this renovation, the designer could match traditional elements, such as a large butler sink and softer wall colours with more modern approaches such as the minimal handles, the waterfalled modern benchtop and clean-lined integrated pantry cupboards.
Curated with Archant
Archant provided support and the supply of products throughout this project. Featured in the kitchen is Marble Calacatta Gold from our Archant Porcelain range by Florim for the benchtop and back splash. The working benches and bar countertops feature Marble Marquinia from our Archant Porcelain range by Florim. Edge Straight, Brushed Brass handles were used and an Colchester 1000-20 butlers sink for the kitchen. To match the dark theme of the bar, an Aoraki 450-10, Nero granite sink was selected.
Joinery: Marton Lee Cabinetry
Stone Fabrication: Stone by Design