This renovation involved removing some walls to transform an old U-shaped enclosed kitchen into a contemporary open-plan living space. The design was inspired by the client’s research into European kitchens. Elements that reflect this include the extensive use of timber veneer, the honed travertine stone benchtop and the concrete tiled splashback. We went with an abstract design for the island to make it look like a piece of furniture since it is part of the kitchen and living areas — hence the open shelving and detailing on the front. The large stone overhang is supported by steel, creating a comfortable casual dining space. So the small appliance cupboard can remain open without blocking the walkway, we used pocket sliding doors that open into a cavity. Other storage solutions include pantry drawers to make the most of the available space and a Hettich InnoFlex waste-sorting system under the sink.