Mint Kitchen Group freshen up form and function
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May 30, 2018
The original kitchen in this then-contemporary 1990s townhouse was blessed with natural light, but the quality and layout left a lot to be desired. The clients engaged Mint Kitchen Group to freshen up the form and function of the kitchen, creating a practical space that is enjoyable to use.
The clients are a professional couple who love to cook and entertain; they downsized from a large house to a townhouse as their children moved out of home. Their brief asked for lots of storage and bench space, including a nook for small appliances as they are used often. However, the design had to keep with the existing tile footprint that created lots of corners, a constraint that can make storage challenging.
Mint Kitchen Group designed a modern, functional kitchen that feels spacious despite the limits of the space. Benchtops extend along four sides of the kitchen and cupboards are predominantly positioned below to enhance light and the sense of space. Blum Revo storage units make good use of corners, maximising cupboard space.
The abundance of natural light through the windows and skylight allowed for a dark benchtop that would stand out as a design feature without making the space looking too dim. Sensa by Cosentino offer a wide variety of striking colours. Mint Kitchen chose colour Indian Black because its contrast against the polar-white laminate joinery and textured subway-tile splashback, with swirling patterns of light and dark grey characteristic of natural stone. “The original kitchen had granite benchtops and the client liked the natural and unique look and feel of the material,” says Frank. “They preferred a natural product to a man-made one and we directed them to Sensa because of the 15-year warranty.”
Multiform Stone Industries manufactured the Sensa benchtop, which is natural stone sourced from India and Brazil. The virtually maintenance-free, high-quality product has a protective treatment that provides high stain resistance, making it an ideal choice for the clients who wanted a low-maintenance, easy-to-clean and durable material palette. Which also includes laminate joinery in polar white and textured subway tiles on the walls.
The wine rack, a Lincoln Sentry Modular Bottle Storage, is also a design feature visible from the dining room and its back-lit with PIXALUX Lighting for dramatic effect.
“We love this kitchen because it nailed the client’s brief. Cooking and entertaining are a joy and it’s beautiful to look at. The clients are so happy with the work that they now want the laundry and powder room renovated by Mint with the same materials including the Sensa stone,” Frank says.