A Sensitive and Considered Renovation, by Australian Kitchen Maker Cantilever
Open Japanese wooden shelves, streamlined white cabinets, black steel window frames, cut out drawer handles, compact footprint: this Melbourne kitchen by Cantilever, an Australian company of custom kitchen systems, ticks all of our boxes.
It is owned by artist and former furniture maker Martin Tighe and partner Jennifer. After raising their children in the family compound, a former bottling dairy belonging to Martin’s grandfather, the two decided that it was time to renovate the kitchen to adapt it to their new status of an empty nest.
“So our initial kitchen helped us very well for 23 years, but we are 23 years older, and everything was [under the counter] including our pantry and oven, and it was getting harder and harder to work in this space, ”said Jennifer Cantilever. “We had to kneel when we wanted something!” So we thought we should do a kitchen renovation, and we wanted something a little special, it’s a nice space. ”
The couple hired Cantilever for the project, but asked them to work within the confines of the existing compact footprint. She had served many generations well, after all. Here is an overview of the results:
Photograph of Martina Gemmola via Cantilever’s blog.
Above: The tiles, in two different sizes, are from Tiento.