Contemporary kitchen

Step back in time with this retro kitchen, but be prepared for a modern twist.

This retro kitchen design looks the part of a domestic space from the 1950s but delve a little deeper and you will discover there is more to this design than meets the eye.

Visitors to the kitchen will be dazzled by the vibrant blue two-pack cabinetry and sunny yellow splashback. Designed with a distinct ’50s angular feel, designer Barb Pettigrew of The Kitchen Place ensured that the space – although small in size – was able to function with at least two cooks.

In addition to the strong visual impact created by the funky colour scheme and chunky 60mm-thick stone benchtops, The Kitchen Place has filled the kitchen with all the latest technologies and gadgets. A hideaway roller door, Tandembox soft-close drawers, a Hafele pull-out pantry and Aventos lift-up mechanisms for the overheads transport the kitchen from the 1950s into 2015.

Timber rivergum veneer open shelving showcases some of the owner’s ceramic collection and complements the polished timber floors while providing the kitchen with an earthy touch. Blending beautifully with the character-filled space, matching veneer cabinets also offer additional, accessible storage.

By utilising the best features of a bygone era, The Kitchen Place – in collaboration with the owners – has cleverly retained the personality of a bright and bustling 1950s kitchen and combined it with the technologies and know-how of today.

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Design: The Kitchen Place
Text: Kitchens & Bathrooms Quarterly Vol.17 No.2