Marble – a long revered noble stone – features on every facet of this kitchen island, fronting a design with an organic, natural emphasis 

Designed by Milvia Hannah, German Kitchens

From the designer:


The kitchen for the homeowners’ architecturally designed residence, was to complement and to fit perfectly in a unified cohesive elegant manner. 

The owner brief was simple – ‘It needs to be Organic’ and to use as many ‘Natural’ materials as possible to enhance the overall scheme and provide a place of harmony with nature.

Design response

The kitchen design was simplified from the architects plan to allow the main feature for the kitchen to be for a large central Island with an asymmetric back wall to incorporate all of the appliances and designed to face the expansive views and flow to the adjacent areas.

Once the design footprint was confirmed the focus turned to the use of materials and for the island, we wanted to create something special. The homeowner is an art dealer and her home is littered with many fine pieces of art. I wanted the island to be a work of Art as well so I worked tirelessly to create an island made entirely from a natural marble.

This included making the benchtop, drawer fronts, recessed handles, kick-boards and sink all from the same marble material. 12mm natural honed marble was specified and exquisitely made by fine craftspeople in Germany for the complete effect.

To further the island’s symmetrical presence, I created a false front on the end of the island to hide the seating area from view.

This created a perfect contrast for the appearance of the symmetrical island to the asymmetrical back wall – replicating nature, where nothing is perfectly matched but rather organic in its true form.

The back wall of tall and base cabinetry was made from rough sawn timber. The wood cabinetry and the muted perimeter benchtop and splashback do not distract from the stunning marble island, but rather enhance the connection to nature through texture and colour.

This kitchen reflects drama and a marriage of elements that blend cohesively into the wider space. The design features colour, harmony, balance, and texture to enrich the overall scheme – creating the organic and natural kitchen that the homeowner desired.

Credit list

Eggersmann Unique Stone Kitchen Island finished in solid marble; rough sawn wood veneer for rear Cabinetry
Kitchen sink
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Kitchens – Winner
Kitchen brand
Island – marble; perimeter – Dekton
Oven, cooktop, ventilation, refrigeration, dishwasher

Designed by: Milvia Hannah, German Kitchens

Story by: New Zealand TIDA Kitchens

Photography by: Paul McCredie

30 Sep, 2021

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