We go to the heart of seven Australian homes defined by their gold-standard kitchen.
Gold (or brass) kitchens aren’t afraid to make a statement. And while they may be considered a bold design move, a gold kitchen in a home can be likened to a statement piece of jewellery; timeless, versatile and complementary with almost any colour. So we’ve dug into our archive to find seven Australian kitchens, set to impress through their creative material application.
The Waffle House by Rob Kennon Architects is threaded with influences from the Arts and Craft movement, originally designed in the early 20th century by late Melbourne architect Christopher Cowper. Rob Kennon Architects tapped into the decorative characteristics of the movement throughout the contemporary addition and into the kitchen, with a striking brass-clad island bench, complementary tap and the Ramumba Highline pendant. Set against a backdrop of American Oak wall panels and the concrete waffled ceiling, the gold kitchen makes a statement aptly reflecting the overall design intent.
It was only natural for Studio Prineas to design a kitchen that levelled up to the Fingerwharf Apartment’s Sydney Harbour views. Studio Prineas opted for a gold island bench in the kitchen, accentuated by sleek ebony joinery. The finishing touch is oversized round hardware in the same gold finish, ensuring a cohesive and luxurious gold and black design.
Toorak Home by Edwina Glenn
This kitchen in Melbourne’s Toorak by Edwina Glenn takes on a refined persona through steel-frame windows, chocolate-toned chevron floorboards and a standout brass-clad island bench. Edwina says the lavish use of brass was by far the project’s greatest challenge but equally the most rewarding. “The client was desperately keen to embrace the visual beauty of brass but did not want the material to patina, scratch or tarnish. I was constantly fighting and designing against the inherent nature of the material itself,” she adds. Other gold highlights in this kitchen include the Rakumba Highline pendant, Calacatta Gold marble, a gold tap and sink and a clever floating shelf in the same oxidised gold finish.
Palladiana Party by Sally Caroline and Powell + Glenn honours the glamourous combination of gold and green, tapping into the 19th-century grandeur of the home’s past. Sumptuous materials such as the rich forest green marble and patinated-bronze island bench in the kitchen speak to both the home’s heritage and the owner’s bold personality. At the same time, Australian pieces like the Grazia&Co Iva stool and Rakumba Highline bring a contemporary design edge into the kitchen.
Armadale Residence by Rob Mills Architects & Interiors
The kitchen in award-winning architect Rob Mills’ home in Armadale is clad entirely in oxidised and mirrored-finish gold panels – from cabinetry to splashback and the front of the island bench. Small accents of white marble in the benchtop cut through the bold palette for an alluring gold kitchen that isn’t shy to make a statement.
The timber and gold kitchen inside the Denison Rivulet Cabins in Tasmania showcases the application of gold on a smaller scale. The designated cooking nook houses an induction cooktop and undermount sink, with a complimentary gold tap and gold downlights.
Potts Point by Flack Studio
Flack Studio’s Potts Point is a love letter to all things Sydney, from the Opera House-inspired white curved staircase to the understated nod to the 1950s beach lifestyle. The Melbourne-based design studio paid homage to the home’s 1930s Art Deco roots through a courageous kitchen material mix, including Calacata Vaticano marble, handmade Moroccan Zellige tiles and the star of the show; hand-finished raw brass cabinetry. “I wanted the kitchen to feel like a little jewel glycerine; the beautiful brass elements have a little sparkle, but then it’s got some rough and tumble so that we could capture the bit of both of those moods of Sydney,” Flack Studio founder David Flack explains.