Berkeley Project


Contemporary kitchen design, monochrome, minimalist


Our client was looking to refresh their kitchen and living space suite with an optimised layout and contemporary monochrome design that ties in with the existing traditional elements of the home.


  • Optimise functionality of the existing space
  • Improve the overall layout and flow
  • Refresh the space with a contemporary design
  • Use monochrome tones that leverage the natural light


Previously this kitchen included a closed-off peninsula bench with a bulkhead and a separate door to enter the butler’s pantry. Due to the closed-off peninsula, the kitchen space felt cramped and pokey. The surrounding living area was underutilised with large empty areas. The overall style was traditional, however, it was dated.

Before and after contemporary minimalist kitchen transformation


Our design opens the space by removing the closed-off peninsula and replacing it with a large island bench that utilises the kitchen and living area. We also removed the bulkhead and wall to the butler’s pantry allowing natural light to flow through, lifting the space. The custom island features a batten groove profile on the base, and a Smartstone satin Davinci Blanco benchtop that continues on the side cabinetry into the open butler’s pantry. To meet the monochrome brief, we used a mix of dark grey and white in the cabinetry, balanced with black fixtures speckled throughout in the fixtures, finishings, and appliances.

Contemporary kitchen design, monochrome, minimalist


This custom-designed island bench comfortably seats 6 people with plenty of standing space, perfect for a family home that loves to entertain. With the base of the island in a moody stormcloud grey, it balances the matt white and creates depth to the space. The feature batten groove profile flows into three sets of drawers and base cabinets for everyday storage. The abundant bench space provides plenty of opportunities not just for kitchen preparation and entertaining, but also as a workspace.

Contemporary, monochrome, minimalist kitchen island bench, surround laminex batten


We wanted to create a space that allowed the client to entertain and cook up a storm with everything they need at their fingertips. Across from the island there is custom built-in cabinetry, hosting the dual ovens, fridge, and pantry, with tall and upper cabinetry in between. The benefit of designing all of our cabinetry it that it allows us to create storage and functionality that is perfectly suited to our clients home and their lifestyle, with every little detail being purposefully considered. The finer details are so important, and in this kitchen we’ve incorporated automated push-to-open upper cabinetry doors, flush GPOs that have been color-matched, and soft-close systems.

Contemporary absolute matt cabinetry, auto push to open doors

To the side of the kitchen, we have the black matt sink and mixer, followed by an induction cooktop for easy cleaning and keeping in the minimalist sleek design. Our clients were after plenty of bench space, so with the removal of the nib wall between the old butler’s pantry, we were able to wrap around the benchtop and cabinetry to increase functionality. The sleek design of the cabinetry welcomes the Laminex absolute matt finish, paired with the Smartstone satin Davinci Blanco splash back and strip lighting above.

Black sink and mixer, monochrome kitchen, minimalist kitchen


Hidden away from the main kitchen and living space is the butler’s pantry, with its own double sink and mixer, dishwasher, and plenty of additional storage in upper cabinets, drawers and open shelving. For entertainers, this hidden but easily accessible design is a joy-send.

Contemporary butler's paintry, butler's sink, monochrome kitchen, minimalist butler's pantry


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