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Kitchen Closeup | Hawthorn Residence by Melanie Beynon

The collaborative vision for this home’s two-story extension was to create a refined, modern structure that seamlessly integrates with the existing single-story Spanish Mission-style residence in Melbourne’s Hawthorn neighbourhood.

“We were presented with many design cues when approaching the interior of this Spanish Mission heritage home. The clients wanted their rejuvenated home to feel crisp and minimal, which we achieved by balancing features from the original period detailing with the architect’s bold contemporary addition,” Melanie Beynon says, founder of her namesake practice; Melanie Beynon Architecture & Design.

At the heart of this newly redefined home, beneath a vast ceiling void, lies the open-plan kitchen space. This area is distinguished by cutting-edge, high-quality design elements, characterised by meticulous detailing, a refined palette, and subtle textures. “The kitchen design is light-filled and minimal, with a monochrome palette and delicate texture underlays of Elba marble, blackened timber veneer, and travertine flooring. Gaggenau appliances integrate seamlessly with the joinery to keep the kitchen feeling clean,” Melanie says.

As part of our ‘Kitchen Closeup‘ series, we take a closer look at some of the clever design details—both hidden and visible—within this hardworking kitchen. We learn how the team at Melanie Beynon Architecture & Design artfully blended old with new, and incorporated thoughtful detailing, a refined palette, and premium appliances to create a contemporary and highly functional kitchen.

Produced in partnership with Gaggenau

Gaggenau Vario Flex Induction Cooktop 400 Series 60cm
Gaggenau Vario Gas Wok 200 Series
Gaggenau Vario Downdraft Ventilation 400 Series
Gaggenau Oven 400 Series
Gaggenau Combi-Microwave Oven 200 Series Left Hinge
Gaggenau Built-in Dishwasher 400 Series
Gessi Just Sink Mixer with Pull-Out
Barazza Cubo Single Bowl
Gaggenau Vario Gas Wok 400 Series
Gaggenau Vario Flex Induction Cooktop 400 Series 60cm
Gaggenau Vario Downdraft Ventilation 400 Series

When selecting kitchen appliances, what are the key factors that make a brand or product stand out to you?

Melanie Beynon: A minimal aesthetic often translates to easy maintenance. Its classic lines and design elements are naturally highlighted when a space is easy to clean. For this to be effective, the design should incorporate robust, self-coloured materials, along with dials and knobs that are intuitive and easy to read.

What drew you to choose Gaggenau appliances for the Hawthorn Residence, and how do they complement your design vision?

Melanie Beynon: The scale of the kitchen necessitated a deep apron, influenced by the choice of cooktop. This is a prime example of how detailed design elements shape the overall concept. Instead of traditional joinery handles, the kitchen features recessed finger pulls, emphasising a sleek look. The stainless steel tap and sink align seamlessly with the cooktop, creating a cohesive and modern aesthetic.

What is the most critical aspect of a well-designed kitchen, and how was this reflected in your work on the Hawthorn Residence? 

Melanie Beynon: The kitchen design is light-filled and minimal, with a monochrome palette and subtle texture underlays of Elba marble, blackened timber veneer, and travertine flooring. We decided to integrate Gaggenau appliances to fit seamlessly within the joinery and ensure the kitchen maintains a restrained and clean-lined feel. 

The curved and cantilevered kitchen island forms the hub of the cooking zone and was designed to welcome gatherings of family and friends. The knobs of the Gaggenau Vario Gas Wok Cooktop 400 Series determined the thickness and apron of the marble bench top. 

The Gaggenau Combi-Microwave Oven 400 Series and Gaggenau Oven 400 Series, both in 60cm dimensions, are discreetly hidden in this open-plan area within the adjacent cupboard behind a pocket door that opens to reveal the appliances. Likewise, fridges to the pantry end are integrated.

The butler’s pantry is tucked away from sight and equipped to provide additional storage space, a secondary workspace for food preparation, and a space to house cleaning facilities such as an additional sink and an integrated Gaggenau Dishwasher 400 Series. 

How do you assess the integration of appliances into the overall kitchen design to ensure a seamless look?

Melanie Beynon: Whilst we make recommendations, ultimately the final selection of appliances usually lies with the client/homeowner. We take the final selection, integrated or not, and work it into the design brief. In some instances, the appliance may inspire the design response.  In Hawthorn Residence, The void over the kitchen was not encumbered by an overhead rangehood. Our client was happy to specify the Gaggenau Downdraft Ventilation, Vario 400 Series to ensure a seamless look and maximise views to the courtyard beyond. 

Can you discuss your approach to integrating technology in kitchen designs, particularly in terms of appliances and smart features?

Melanie Beynon: Our client has outfitted their home with smart home capabilities, allowing for the integration of Gaggenau’s customisable and programmable appliances. This setup offers the flexibility to optimise and control their appliances – both at home and remotely, enhancing convenience and functionality.

The dining space features stone wall panelling in Macaubus Fantasy Quartzite underneath the Apparatus Cloud 37 chandelier.

"We were presented with many design cues when approaching the interior of this Spanish Mission heritage home. The clients wanted their rejuvenated home to feel crisp and minimal, which we achieved by balancing features from the original period detailing with the architect’s bold contemporary addition."

– Designer, Melanie Beynon

Melanie Beynon Architecture & Design founding principal Melanie Beynon.

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