Architect: David Hillam, Hillam Architects; design team: Thomas Letherbarrow, Hollie Raymond-Baker, Felipe Soto and Kim Ling Cabinetry: Even Ravenna timber veneer by Eveneer Cabinetry hardware: Blum Benchtops: Essastone Flooring: Attica Tiles from Saltino Perla Splashback: Marble mosaics from Attica Tiles Kitchen sink: Epure Zone from GWA Taps: Oliveri from Reece Oven, cooktop, ventilation, refrigeration, dishwasher: Miele Water dispenser: Zip Wine fridge: Vintec Awards: Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Kitchens – Highly Commended Story by Charles Moxham Photography by Joel Barbitta see more online: search 48713 at Trendsideas.com search: tida at Trendsideas.com search: black kitchen at Trendsideas.com Above right: The bar area to the left of the kitchen is handy to both the dining and living spaces. There is also a bar fridge integrated into the cabinetry. As part of the 1980s home’s 21st century fit-out, speakers are fitted into the ceiling. Stone-look porcelain floors add to the natural aesthetic and help ground the large kitchen and dining space. search | save | share at round the corner in the same bank of cabinetry. For the same reason, the long custom rangehood is also concealed within the upper perimeter cabinetry. With so much hidden away, the dark cabinetry and contrasting white stone counters take on an almost furniture-like appeal. However, not everything is understated. The curving splashback is in white marble mosaic tile, contrasting the dark veneer. The island has a broad overhang and stools, making it a social gathering point and breakfast area. The bar helps connect the design with the wider space while the dropped ceiling contains localised services and defines the kitchen. An existing powder room to the rear was reworked as a scullery with storage and prep surfaces, helping keep the on-show kitchen clutter-free. Set around the corner from the kitchen, the scullery has white cabinetry and the same white engineered benchtops as the kitchen. Positioning the two substantial fridges in the connecting cabinetry means they are equally handy to both the kitchen and the scullery. The white door at the other corner of the kitchen opens to a study. “Generous use of wood, stone and glass, gives the space warmth and elegance,” says the designer.