Kitchens with character

The kitchen is at the heart of every home, but modern designs often lack one crucial feature – soul.

Glossy, white MDF kitchens have dominated the interior design landscape for years, but a new trend towards natural products has seen a resurgence in the popularity of timber.

The timing couldn’t be better for Bay of Plenty residents who have an eye for style.

Oak furniture specialist, BespOak NZ,  has just launched its own kitchen cabinetry range which promises to re-define the way kitchens look, are planned, bought and installed in New Zealand.

“People are going back to the natural warmth, quality and durability of timber,” says BespOak NZ owner Chris Joblin. “These kitchens have character. No two pieces ever look identical, so each kitchen has its own unique fingerprint.

“Timber is also timeless and suits both classic and contemporary styles.”

Four stunning kitchens are now on display at BespOak’s Mount Maunganui showroom in Owens Place. Paired with different benchtops, tiles, handles and colour schemes, it’s easy to see how versatile oak kitchens can be – from chic, modern designs to more traditional looks.

And the best part is that a solid oak kitchen is now entirely affordable.

The four superb kitchen cabinet configurations on show each cost about $15,000 and do not compromise on quality.

“At the moment you’ve got high-end cabinet makers who can craft from solid wood but are creating pieces which are super-expensive.

“Or at the bottom end you’ve got more affordable flat-pack kitchens but you often have to compromise on quality.

“What there hasn’t been in the market until now is a high-quality, ready-made timber kitchen that competes price-wise with a mid-range MDF option,” Chris says.

BespOak’s new kitchen range boasts 30 different pieces (including pantries, wall units, under-bench cabinets, cupboards and drawer units) all of which can be freestanding or fitted underneath a benchtop of your choice.

Each piece is expertly handcrafted using traditional joinery techniques and European white oak sourced from sustainable plantations.

All the finishing touches are available, including solid 45mm floating oak shelves, wine racks, cutlery drawer inserts, trays, and chopping boards which can be cleverly built into your overall design.

“We are 100 per cent flexible. We can cater for DIYers through to full installation. Because our kitchens are manufactured in modules, it’s very simple. You just place them together, fix in place, then put a benchtop on. Done.”

Chris says it’s not unusual for people to wait six months to have their kitchen designed, made and installed. But BespOak kitchen cabinets are available from the company’s local warehouse stock. Once the design is finalised on BespOak’s in-house planning software, cabinets can be delivered to customers within days. A benchtop template is then measured once the kitchen cabinets are installed and the top is normally completed within 14 days.

BespOak is the UK’s number one supplier of solid oak furniture and Chris’ family-owned business is the sole New Zealand distributor.

Chris collaborated with the UK team to design the new kitchen range and expects it will be hugely popular.

“Oak has been synonymous with quality furniture throughout the ages.

“The Vikings built their long boats out of it because it’s incredibly durable. It’s a hard wood, very dense, and the biggest thing is the beautiful variation in natural colour and grain.”

BespOak kitchens also feature soft-close drawers with Austrian Blum hardware and handles from Germany’s Hafele.

The company can also offer a package of Belling kitchen appliances from the UK at very competitive prices.

“We also offer a 15-year cabinet warranty and great after-sales service on all our kitchens.”