The Japanese-esque open timber shelving, the streamlined white cabinets, the black steel window frames, the cutout drawer pulls, the compact footprint: this kitchen in Melbourne by Cantilever, an Australian custom kitchen systems company, checks off all our boxes.
It’s owned by artist and former furniture maker Martin Tighe and his partner Jennifer. After raising their children in the family compound, a former bottling dairy owned by Martin’s grandfather, the two decided it was time to remodel the kitchen to suit their new empty nester status.
“So our initial kitchen stood us in very good stead for 23 years, but we’re 23 years older, and everything was [under the counter] including our pantry and oven, and it was getting harder and harder to work in that space,” Jennifer told Cantilever. “We had to get down on our hands and knees whenever we wanted something! So we thought that we needed to do a kitchen renovation, and we wanted something a little bit special, it’s a beautiful space.”
The couple tapped Cantilever for the project, but asked that they work within the confines of the existing compact footprint. It had served several generations well, after all. Here’s a peek at the results:
Photography by Martina Gemmola via Cantilever’s blog.
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