Bronte House

Bathroom  Interior  Kitchen
Location: Upper Moutere
Designer: Klaus Todt
Photos by: Lifestyle Photography



The Approach

Our brief for this home extension and alteration was to not only create a stylish and functional space, but also to create one that emanates a sense of comfort and calm. Spatial Designer Kate Duncan worked with our overseas-based clients to establish the colour palette and finish, drawing inspiration from the surrounding landscape – a call to what nature had already provided.

Much thought was given to design functionality, colour, texture and surfaces. The result showcases a meticulously planned and connected series of spaces, with a high level of tactility due to the use of steel, linoleum, oak, tile and cleverly integrated paint-finished cabinetry.

Our approach to design and materials is revealed immediately when entering the home, with an integrated seat in oak and near-invisible storage cabinets in the hallways. This philosophy continues throughout the home with smart use of design and colour, resulting in previously ‘dead’ areas now converted into valuable, near-invisible storage space.

The kitchen is the heart of this home, adjoining an open-plan dining and living space – distinct zones that allow the owners to prepare, cook and socialise in the one space. A long bench top features 6 seam-free metres of stainless steel with built-in double sinks, Bora Professional hob and extractor in black, with a bookend custom-coloured solid oak coffee station.

The cabinetry is a combination of oak and linoleum that wraps and integrates appliances, drawers, pantry spaces and a floor-to-ceiling glass cabinet. The social hub of the space is the island, featuring a custom-coloured solid oak top, a casual dining space, a pull-out bar and wine refrigerator.

“Much thought was given to design functionality, colour, texture and surfaces.”

Our Exclusive Products

BORA Cooktop
Extractor Fans


Oak cabinetry and tiles were used in the ensuite, guest and powder bathrooms, with built-in front and back of cabinet mirrors. They are well proportioned, tactile and well lit. The walk-in wardrobes, hallway and laundry cabinetry likewise echo the design features and materials utilised throughout the home, cleverly connecting each space.


Adjacent to the main living space is the library; a retreat for reading and a place to showcase some treasured memorabilia. We chose black oak bookshelves as the centrepiece for this room, a strong anchor and a reflection of the clients’ desire to mirror the deepest colour in their natural-focused colour palette.