Oxford Street beauty with Design and Diplomacy Interiors


The clients’ came to interior design studio, Design and Diplomacy requesting a dark kitchen which would also throw hints to the industrial aesthetic of the iconic Collingwood Foy & Gibson building in which it is located. The original design did not utilise the vast space, resulting in areas that the clients could not properly use.

25273By extending the footprint of the kitchen to the window with a return they were able to more than double the original storage. The steel island bench top was manufactured and folded in Hobart by Cordwell Lane builders.

All joinery was manufactured by Mark Gauci at Complete Interior Design who custom-made the round pull-function for this project. By sticking the monochrome palette they were able to layer multiple textures resulting in a reasonably minimal outcome.

25338They wanted to create a functional space while working with the restrictions of existing obscure angles. Their play on the linear motif from the bluestone Turkish tiles and security glass under the island to the contrasting plywood shadow line under the bench top has assisted in detracting the focus from the angle of the first floor mezzanine which posed a challenge when working with the kitchen below. They also extended the interior footprint of the apartment by moving the original external doors to the side and tiling what was an extension of the courtyard, creating a sunroom.

25337A focus on durability and easy maintenance lead them to discover a new bench top nanotech material, Fenix NTM, which is anti-fingerprint and resistant to dry heat, scratches and abrasions. As well as being extremely matt and low light reflective, any scratches that do appear on the surface can be healed thermally.