Impala’s client was building a new home on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. The client wanted to use interesting materials, provide seating for his family and plenty of storage. Key to the design was a large island unit and a wall behind the island for storage constructed from joinery.
The striking island unit enables practical seating and the lower bench top allows for food preparation. The lower bench top has recessed cavities for bottle storage for oils, salad dressings and so forth. A microwave is positioned underneath for re-heating meals or snacks. One of the two sinks in the kitchen is also in the island assisting in food preparation. Dark timber veneer around the bar back and on the raised servery area matches that of the top drawer fronts in the other kitchen joinery. A custom stainless steel tread around the island perimeter and foot rail adds to the opulence of the kitchen design.
The tall unit behind the island has sliding glass doors, where items such as glasses can be stored. A lighter coloured timber veneer was used as a surround to complement the darker timber on the island and to match the walls behind. The tall storage area can also be accessed from the side and behind. Further large pantries were built into the wall adjacent to the island unit in white polyurethane with a stainless steel surround.
The result is a clever, substantial open plan kitchen with features and materials that complement the architecture of the home.