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You might expect a typical traditional design would be the response for a new kitchen in an 80-year-old home on a working sheep farm. But that’s not what the owners asked designer Melanie Craig for in this renovation project. “They wanted something different, but without losing the integrity of the New Zealand farm cottage style,” she says. “We went to them with a steel plate sample and the design took off from there.” The result is a structured, industrial aesthetic – a contemporary look that still fits in with the concept and function of a farmhouse kitchen. Raw 3mm steel plate backing frames the drawer fronts and is layered with an 18mm lacquered black front fixed on top of the steel. Chunky brushed steel handles enhance the distinctive look. The island stands on a raw blued-steel base and legs. Stitched black leather wraps around the front and sides of the island, giving a textural backdrop to the oak and steel bar stools. The 3mm steel plate is a recurring Preceding pages: In renovating this family kitchen, designer Melanie Craig introduced an industrial look through the use of materials such as steel and the stitched leather on the island front and sides. Facing page: The existing kitchen was disconnected from family living. Opening it up has given better flow to the space. Top and above: The industrial look is continued in the design of shelving, the display cabinet between the kitchen and dining area, and the light pendants, also custom designed by Melanie Craig. search | save | share at