What every kitchen needs…

#Back to black

When Manuel and Jennifer Cernades bought this property for their furniture shop Orejen in Linden, Johannesburg more than 20 years ago, they had visions of one day building a home at the back and living right where they worked. “We finally got around to building the cottage extension and we plan on moving in in the next two years or so,” Jenny says.

The couple started building the extension and renovating the existing kitchen four years ago. “The kitchen was outdated and not ergonomic or functional at all. We love entertaining in the kitchen and I don’t want to be stuck there on my own,” Jenny explains. A big, inviting island where guests can join in the conversation and participate in the cooking was, therefore, high on their wish list.

Jenny and Manuel loved the idea of industrial-style freestanding units and approached Prochef Concepts to design the kitchen with its powder-coated black steel cabinets. “Steel is not only a modern finish, it’s so versatile too. It’s durable, easy to clean and as the kitchen consists of modular units, installation happened in record time,” Jenny explains. “The simple clean lines embody the best of Scandinavian and Danish design.”

As the kitchen would be the centre of their new living area, the couple didn’t want any appliances to be visible. An integrated fridge and space underneath the sink next to the back wall that accommodates the dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer provide

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