Zeb Walker Design
Designed and created by master craftsman Zeb Walker of Zeb Walker Design, this exemplary kitchen embraces the warmth and texture of timber while providing all the conveniences of a contemporary home.
The clients wanted a unique kitchen that featured beautiful timber craftsmanship without compromising on functionality. In fulfillment of this brief, highlights of blonde Canadian rock maple ﬂow through the space, guiding the eye on a journey. Curving gracefully across the island bench, the accents seamlessly become handles for the storage drawers on the opposite side. The same biomorphic shapes form the cupboard and drawer handles throughout the kitchen, as naturally as if they grew there.
The kitchen’s modern appliances are either integrated into the space, or neatly concealed behind richly hued panels of figured Tasmanian myrtle, where they can be stored and used without cluttering the main kitchen. Two refrigerators are cleverly hidden, allowing the warm, rosy timber to continue uninterrupted around the room’s perimeter. Grey granite benchtops introduce an elegant contrast to the colour palette, while pale glass splashbacks create a visual relief between the overhead and under-bench cabinetry, bringing balance to the design.
Expansive benchtops and plentiful storage were a must for the clients. With a generous island workspace, and benches running the full length of the back wall, there is ample space to cook and entertain. Taking advantage of the high ceiling, Zeb Walker Design included spacious overhead cabinetry throughout the space. A stylish ladder finds a home against the wall, and with treads of rock maple, it does not compromise the overall aesthetic. A sleek rail was thoughtfully installed along the overhead cabinetry to ensure the ladder can provide easy access to all storage compartments.
Zeb Walker is a master craftsman and designer of unique timber kitchens, furniture pieces, and architectural joinery. As no space is alike, nor are his designs, for they are informed by the room they are to live in. He is known for his creative solutions and extends his prodigious skill to steel and glass as well.
From a workshop in the Yarra Ranges, Zeb Walker Design creates bespoke cabinetry and one-of-a-kind freestanding and built-in furniture pieces that earned him 18 awards from the Cabinet Makers and Designers Association (CMDA) between 2007 and 2009. While most of his work finds a home in Melbourne’s inner suburbs, some of his highly sought-after pieces have been commissioned for interstate and international projects as well.