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Kitchen of the Week: Brave New Eco Design for a Low-Impact Home

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Kitchen of the Week: Brave New Eco Design for a Low-Impact Home

September 7, 2023

Truth in advertising? Brave New Eco is a design studio based in Brunswick, Australia, that, as its name implies, marries sustainable practices with daring modern style. A few years ago, the firm was brought on to conceive thoughtful finishes and custom millwork for a new build in West Bend—and make it all planet-friendly to boot.

The house, oriented for passive solar heating and cooling, had been designed by MRTN Architects with energy efficiency in mind: “fully electric, with heat pump in-slab heating and a battery backup solar system,” writes BNE founder Megan Norgate. Given the structure’s seriously green creds, it was only fitting that the interiors be just as environmentally sound.

Below, Megan gives us a tour of the kitchen—and outstanding example of, if you will, brave new eco design.

Photography by Peter Bennetts, styling by Megan Norgate and Bea and Co, courtesy of Brave New Eco.

&#8\2\20;sustainable materials are used throughout, including eco certified 17
Above: “Sustainable materials are used throughout, including eco-certified spotted gum, locally made brass tapware, low VOC paints, and locally made lighting fixtures,” says Megan.
the wall here is a mix of spotted gum wood, terra cotta tiles from artedomus, a 18
Above: The wall here is a mix of spotted gum wood, terra-cotta tiles from Artedomus, and green tiles from Academy Tiles. The terra-cotta Tile Linear pendant light is from South Drawn.
the view to the den. a battened wood partition keeps the dishwashing station (a 19
Above: The view to the den. A battened wood partition keeps the dishwashing station (at left) concealed.
the drawers in the window seat are used for &#8\2\20;bedroom repatriation&a 20
Above: The drawers in the window seat are used for “bedroom repatriation”; each family member is assigned one for corralling mislaid items that need to be returned to their proper storage spots.
the counters are a mix of marble and tile. the induction stove is by fisher &am 21
Above: The counters are a mix of marble and tile. The induction stove is by Fisher & Paykel.
sliding mesh brass panels offer a lighter take on the standard wood cabinet doo 22
Above: Sliding mesh brass panels offer a lighter take on the standard wood cabinet door. “This is important in large open-plan spaces so that joinery elements don’t feel monolithic,” says Megan.

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Frequently asked questions

What is the main focus of the West Bend Kitchen?

The main focus of the West Bend Kitchen is eco-friendliness and sustainability.

What are some of the eco-friendly features in the West Bend Kitchen?

Some of the eco-friendly features in the West Bend Kitchen include sustainable materials, energy-efficient appliances, and a composting system.

How does the West Bend Kitchen incorporate sustainable materials?

The West Bend Kitchen incorporates sustainable materials by using reclaimed wood, recycled glass countertops, and repurposed fixtures.

What type of appliances are used in the West Bend Kitchen?

The West Bend Kitchen uses energy-efficient appliances that are designed to reduce energy consumption and minimize waste.

What is unique about the composting system in the West Bend Kitchen?

The composting system in the West Bend Kitchen is designed to turn food waste into nutrient-rich compost that can be used for gardening or other purposes.

Is the West Bend Kitchen functional and aesthetically pleasing?

Yes, the West Bend Kitchen is not only eco-friendly but also functional and aesthetically pleasing, with a modern and minimalist design.

Are there any cost-saving benefits of having an eco-friendly kitchen?

Yes, an eco-friendly kitchen can help reduce utility bills by promoting energy efficiency and reducing waste.

Where can I find more information about the West Bend Kitchen?

You can find more information about the West Bend Kitchen on the Remodelista website.

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Tile Linear

$4,380.00 USD from South Drawn

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