My recent nostalgia for the black kitchen of my childhood has made me more alert to black kitchens. And then they seem to be everywhere. And so my moaning about the bland whiteness of many kitchens failed to take account of a wonderful factory (lolly in fact) conversion here in Melbourne virtually on my back door step in Prahran.
This is the home architect Stephen Jolson has created for himself and his family. The work architects do for themselves is always so interesting, a true reflection of their soul and innermost thoughts, rather than some (potentially tasteless) client's dreams or desires.
This conversion includes a grassy lawn on the first level, fingerprint recognition entry (is that for real? If so I want it for my house), a television which emerges from the ceiling to hang next to the fireplace, separate playroom and an outside steel bonfire which is lit by remote control.
And isn't this black kitchen something else? The image to the left is a blown up photograph of vats from the confectionary factory - behind it is storage and other kitchen collateral.
He has really nailed this area, I think, by incorporating the old rustic dining table into the space.
I do wonder however if the black would smudge. We have black cabinetry and it does tend to show fingermarks a bit.
He is a bit partial to all white as well as all black. Although as he says, it is a warm white, not cool.
And here is some work he did on an apartment in East Melbourne (Claudio Silvestrin in collaboration with Carr Design Group and Stephen Jolson).
Isn't it funny, both kitchens have the same black bowl on the bench! Maybe it's a good luck charm.
And of interest to me given my current project to fix my son's room, is the bedroom he has created for his 4 year old son.
Check out more of his projects here.
He has a design philosophy which I fully endorse. As he said in an interview:
'I don't want to have to look at a huge plasma television. I'd rather look at the texture of the timber or the fabric and rugs. Similarly, with the kitchen, it's a piece of joinery, not a kitchen. It has all the practical functionality of a kitchen and heaps of storage but not one appliance is a feature.'
(except that bowl, I should add).