Australia Kitchen and Bathroom Trends AU Kitchen and Bathroom Trends Vol. 30/8 - Page 59

The classic bright, white kitchen is definitely not for everyone. Sometimes clients will request a design that exudes both colour and character. For this kitchen project interior designer Natalie Du Bois was asked by the homeowners for a kitchen that would be in tune with their Palm Springs-inspired home, filled with iconic Desert Modern-style furniture. “The couple had a dislike of sterile, white workspaces,” says Du Bois. “They wanted a bold, eclectic kitchen, defined by warm, natural materials, along the lines of American kitchens from the latter half of the 20th century.” “As the house is used by family and friends mostly at weekends, the kitchen had to be easy to negotiate and find things in. An open, walkin pantry was also required.” To work in with the home’s architecture and mid-century feel, Du Bois selected Tasmanian Blackwood for its rustic grain and strong similarities to timbers used in the 1950s. The cabinets feature a custom handle inspired by a piece of furniture that she had discovered from the same era. The large kitchen has several dark, natural elements that complement the stained cabinetry. Above left: In pursuit of an American Desert Modern aesthetic for this kitchen, Natalie Du Bois designed the island with curved elements reminiscent of furniture styles from the latter half of the 20th century. Working with several surfaces and textures, the designer emphasised straight lines and curves to ensure everything is in harmony. Dark tones fit the style and suit the kitchen’s light-filled location. Tiles on the splashback and island front offer a playful contrast in scale. search | save | share at 57