To design, manufacture and install a kitchen in an older Canberran home.  The couple had a particular affinity for glass and specifically wanted to keep their existing walk-in pantry.  They showed a preference for simple lines, needed plentry of storage space and wanted to add a personal touch to the kitchen, which was open to our interpretation.


Keeping the existing walk-in pantry set the tone for the layout of the new kitchen; and the cooktop and sink are situated in the kitchen bench.  The kitchen bench is much deeper than average to accommodate the cooktop, sink, preparation area and additional drawer storage.

The bench top is custom made 75mm thick concrete with in-laid glass.  The glass is the same glass used for the leaf doors.  The bench top is smooth and flat and feels similar to stone.

The leaf doors were inspired by both the owner’s love of glass, their desire for a personal design and their tree filled suburb.  The potency of the green in the glass varies, creating different shades of green in different degrees of light.  The bamboo door is put together with several different pieces of bamboo, put together at varying angles to give the effect of the leaves being on a tree.  The glass leaves are trimmed with coffee bamboo.

The walk-in pantry provides a large amount of storage for pantry items as well as appliances such as the kettle and the mix-master.

Bookshelves in the kitchen provide easy access to the cook book collection.


  • Natural bamboo ply
  • Coffee strand ply leaf surrounds
  • Concrete bench top.

Design, manufacture and installation: Select Custom Joinery.

Photography: John Tucker Photography.