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And you thought black didn’t belong in the kitchen… Michelle Halford of The Design Chaser’s here to prove otherwise.

In association with Fisher & Paykel

THE INSPIRATION:
Located in Red Hill on the Mornington Peninsula just south of Melbourne, holiday home Nord House was designed by Poss Samperi – and you can vacay here yourself if you like: book via stayz.com.au. Though Scandinavian inspired, the usual predominately pale palette has been turned on its head. While retaining the warm wooden accents that exemplify this style, the kitchen is placed in a class of its own with black-on-black materials offset by whitewashed floors. From the tiles to the tapware to the appliances, it creates a luxurious canvas against which key pieces can pop. A simple timber table provides a central place to gather and a contrasting focal point.

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EXPERT STYLE TIPS:
Into darkness Here, including cabinetry, benchtops and even the grout between the tiles in the same ebony shade ensures a seamless look. The splashback brings a graphic edge, while wall-mounted shelves provide a place to display favourite objects.
All for one Create a cohesive scene with appliances from Fisher & Paykel. The Pyrolytic Built-In Oven allows for the precise selection of cooking modes across 11 functions. Its generous capacity fits 30 percent more than traditional European ovens and it has a self-cleaning function. Finished in black reflective glass with polished metal trim, it’s a handsome companion for the quiet and efficient Wall Chimney Box Rangehoood, and to complete the look, I’ve chosen a Fisher & Paykel Double DishDrawer™ Dishwasher, designed with the versatility to fit existing cabinetry.

LEFT TO RIGHT FROM TOP: Häfele Gooseneck mixer, $399, thekitchenhub.co.nz. Black Leather shelving strap, $70/pair, lewisandlou.co.nz. Fisher & Paykel 90cm Wall Chimney Box rangehood, RRP $1299, fisherpaykel.com. Fisher & Paykel 60cm 11 Function Pyrolytic Built-in oven, RRP $3249, fisherpaykel.com. Round Paddle serving board, $88, zakkia.com.au. Kali cup, $51/set of four, aurahome.com.au. J77 chair by Folke Pålsson for Hay, $520, cultdesign.co.nz. Olio jug by Barber & Osgerby for Royal Doulton, $149, smithandcaugheys.co.nz. Blanco Naya 6 Single Bowl sink, $449, thekitchenhub.co.nz. Bloomingville vase, $89/set of two, perchhomewares.co.nz. Tapas wine glasses, $13 each, countryroad.com.au. Architect dining table, $999, freedomfurniture.co.nz. Double DishDrawer™ dishwasher, RRP $2299, fisherpaykel.com. BACKGROUNDS: Nero Gloss 10 tiles, $65/m2, tiles.co.nz. Vitality Deluxe White Oiled Oak flooring, $49/m2, forteflooring.co.nz. Melteca laminated panels, POA, melteca.co.nz.

Words Michelle Halford
Photography Kitchen photo by Deb McLean