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Kitchen of the Week: Best in $25k to $40k range

This new kitchen designed by Michael Murray of Kitchen Inspirations in Pukekohe took out the NKBA Kitchen Distinction Award $25k-$40k this year.

JAMIE COBEL

This new kitchen designed by Michael Murray of Kitchen Inspirations in Pukekohe took out the NKBA Kitchen Distinction Award $25k-$40k this year.

Many of the kitchens we show you in our Kitchen of the Week series cost well over $100,000 – one even came in at $350,000.

Clients and designers alike can be shy about talking dollars, but you can be sure if a kitchen is large with lots of beautiful stone, a long island, clever cabinetry, top-of-the-line appliances and a scullery that doubles as a second kitchen, then the cost will be getting up there.

Which is why it is so refreshing to see the kitchen that this year won the NKBA Kitchen Distinction Award $25k-$40k.

A key feature of the kitchen is the River White granite, which features on benchtops and the splashback and upstand behind the cooktop.

JAMIE COBEL

A key feature of the kitchen is the River White granite, which features on benchtops and the splashback and upstand behind the cooktop.

Designer Michael Murray of Kitchen Inspirations in Pukekohe, says the kitchen, in an Auckland home, was designed for a couple who have spent much of their lives collecting and curating vintage furniture.

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“They wanted a space that was contemporary, yet harmonious with their sentimental treasures.”

To this end, Murray put the focus on earthy tones and textures, introducing Melamine battening with a brassy patina to the front of the island and rangehood.

Michael Murray (left) says the River White granite is speckled with tiny ruby red stones that you see when you look up close.

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Michael Murray (left) says the River White granite is speckled with tiny ruby red stones that you see when you look up close.

“The battening brings a linear uniformity to the space, which is offset by the organic flowing veins in the natural granite benchtop. Just like most vintage pieces, the river stone reveals its true beauty when witnessed up close – its embedded red stones sparkle in the natural light.”

Murray teamed the River White natural granite with Bestwood Melamine cabinetry in Carbon with a Timberland finish. Blum soft-close drawers are finished with discreet, minimal matte black handles.

Stainless steel appliances tone in with the cabinetry for an unobtrusive presence.

Melamine battening with a brassy patina adds a strong textural element to the front of the island and the bespoke rangehood cover.

JAMIE COBEL

Melamine battening with a brassy patina adds a strong textural element to the front of the island and the bespoke rangehood cover.

Although the kitchen is modern, the textured Melamine battening provides a strong visual link to the owners' vintage furniture pieces.

JAMIE COBEL

Although the kitchen is modern, the textured Melamine battening provides a strong visual link to the owners’ vintage furniture pieces.

Other features include Mr Ralph Berlin metal pendant lights, powdercoated open shelving, and a River White granite splashback and upstand above the cooktop to display the owners’ trinkets.

Murray says this display area is not only an intriguing focal point when people enter the kitchen, but also a cherished nod to the past for the owners.

The Kitchen of the Week is supported by Resene. Find more inspiration in Resene’s kitchen decorating gallery.

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The 2021 NKBA Design Excellence Awards showcase the very best kitchens and bathrooms in New Zealand.

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