Chester Street Project

The background story-

This home is located in Detroit USA and was purchased by the owners whilst they were still living in Australia. Birdblack Design was engaged to transform this rainbow painted 3 storey home into a modern masterpiece.

The design of the home and selection of all of the fixtures and finishes were selected in Australia. The details of which were then sent to the builder who executed our design to the highest of detail.

Our home owners have a young son so it was imperative that this be a home fit for a family but also fit for their love of entertaining.

The bones of this home were a dream to work with however the interior aesthetic was simply put, over the top with feature colours which made it very dated in appearance.

The new brief was to make the style of the kitchen and the entire home Industrial modern. 

The kitchen now complete has doubled in size and fits proportionally to the size of the home. I wanted to bring a softness into this open plan space by introducing a warm palette of colours with the stone benchtops and kitchen cabinets, the soft blue and greys selected have achieved this.The introduction of textures is highlighted throughout the kitchen space. The Jade Charcoal benchtop has a leather finish and the hammered copper kitchen sinks jump in contrast.

The second zone was where the entertaining would take place. The idea of using the island bench as a spilt between the two zones was to provide a space where the home owner could be cooking whilst still being involved in the heart of conversation. Guests have the opportunity to mingle at the breakfast bar or cantilevered bench seat.

The third zone is the walk in pantry. This is where all of the preparation and clean-up takes place. It’s away from the main hub of the kitchen which provides the option to close off the space altogether if required.

New sidelight windows on either side of the rangehood lets in a flurry of natural light, giving the user green views of outside. 

The dining chairs in the dining room were existing pieces that the client wanted to keep. The pendant lights over the island with their steel rod construction were selected to complement the sculptural chairs.

The industrial theme has been picked up throughout the finishes selected without being overtly warehouse in appearance- we still wanted to achieve a homely appeal.

If you haven’t picked our feature yet I’ll point it out- the floor to ceiling wine bottle display. This was a custom made unit in which we took the opportunity to create a feature rather than a bar fridge tucked beneath a benchtop.

Along with the kitchen is a reclaimed timber breakfast bar which is the epitome of warmth in this kitchen. Nearby also is a walk in butler’s pantry fitted with secondary fridge, freezer, sink and an enormity of storage and benchspace. The dry bar is the perfect spot for entertaining guests with bar fridge used to store wines and softdrinks and overhead display cabinets for spirit bottles.

Every aspect of this open plan kitchen and dining space has had the user in mind when the design came to fruition. It works functionally for a working household and doubles as an entertainers dream.

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PHOTOGRAPHS: Matt Mateo Photography