It’s not hard to see why this kitchen by Natalie Du Bois picked up five awards at the 2021 NKBA Excellence in Design Awards — including Runner Up for the Supreme Kitchen Design, Creative Excellence Award, Outstanding Renovation, Best Kitchen in the $80-100k category and NKBA Auckland Chapter award.
This kitchen renovation for a coastal holiday home makes use of Bestwood Natural Veneer in European Oak — Crown Cut as the vertical cabinetry surface which also references other timber elements throughout the house.
With a brief from the owners to have a minimalist, mid-century modern kitchen that made them feel like they were on holiday from the moment they walked in the door, Natalie created a space that the judges described as having a "wonderful lightness and calmness."
The user-friendly galley island with a curved configuration was designed to complement the sea views and the European Oak in Crown Cut references the colour and grain used for mid-century furniture.
With the kitchen on show from all angles, Natalie included a working area within the cabinetry along the back wall that can be hidden behind bi-fold doors, designed to look good open or closed. The result is an easy to work in, beautifully designed kitchen that oozes that wonderful feeling of holiday relaxation and good times.
Bestwood Natural Veneer offers over 35 species from imported and NZ Native timber, providing an array of options to add warmth, beauty and richness into any interior project.
Photography by Belinda Merrie