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M House

Benchtops and splashback

Michael Drescher of DKO Architects’ recent renovation to his own Windsor home is a study in simplicity. He employed the use of Maximum Moon to help achieve the strong “masculine” black kitchen that he wanted to be virtually “indestructible”.

With a keen interest in food and entertaining, Michael was after a benchtop and splashback material that was extremely durable. He did extensive testing on many benchtop products scratching them with knives, splashing them with sauce, wine and lemon juice and leaving them overnight (as he might after a dinner party). Maximum held up extremely well to the tests while delivering a raw finish for the monolithic style island bench.

“We cook a lot at home and use a lot of citric acids – so I tested many benchtop products for staining and scratching,” he said. “The thin profile of Maximum also meant I could achieve the aesthetics I wanted. We chose Moon, because we wanted something dark to tie in with the black-stained timber veneer. The movement in the Moon worked well with our lighter concrete floors: similar nature but different tones and material.”

Design: Michael Drescher at DKO

Project delivery:
MAXIMUM 3000 × 1500 × 6mm Moon, to benchtops, island fascia, splashback and splashback surround

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