Mid-Century Living on Melbourne's Beach Road

When the owners of a beautiful Melbourne mid-century home were looking to renovate their kitchen, they wanted to maintain the integrity of the era while bringing it up to speed with modern lifestyles. As great enthusiasts of mid-century design, we were excited to work on this project, which turned out to be a dream job.

The property is a classic double-story orange brick veneer with steel ironwork on its concrete balcony that overlooks Port Phillip Bay. The kitchen’s location within the house remained the same, but we decided to reconfigure it to create better storage, work flow and connection to the adjacent dining area.

The extension of an internal window in the wall between the kitchen and dining rooms created a large servery.  This feature is classic of mid-century homes but is rarely of modern proportion.  Aesthetically, the window also allows the kitchen’s palette of marble and Blackbutt veneer to seamlessly wrap into the dining space.

A defining feature of the design is the custom-made solid timber handles, which were prototyped for this project, and have since become an elegant addition to Cantilever’s handle range.

The K2 Kitchen System provided the flexibility and design sensitivity required to modernise the home of these mid-century devotees. Timeless, sustainable and a perfect fit.

Cantilever Interiors Very Own Charlie & Travis feature on The Home Team

We were delighted to recently feature on Channel 10’s The Home Team.

The Home Team is one of channel 10’s most popular home renovation lifestyle shows. Hosted by Leah McLeod, who has an extensive media career and is passionate about renovation and design. Her co-host Anthony Scott, an award winning landscaper and designer, is the principal of his own successful Landscape business. Together they bring the best and latest in the design and lifestyle industry to you.We were thrilled when they asked us to feature in an upcoming episode and excited to have the opportunity to introduce Leah to Cantilever Interiors kitchen systems.

The show went to air in February - but you can click the image above to get a peek.

Cantilever Interiors kitchens are very much inspired by our own Travis and Charlie’s backgrounds as furniture designers. As the boys explain, they were both working as furniture designers at a studio in Brunswick, Melbourne when they (somehow) drifted into making joinery and kitchens together, applying the same principles of furniture making – function, aesthetics, materials and craftsmanship – and finding inspiration in art, film and photography.

Now as kitchen designers, Charlie and Travis mix surfaces, colours, shapes and textures to create joinery that still looks and feels like furniture, which is what makes our kitchens so successful. As Charlie says, “you don’t know how good a kitchen is until you’ve used a bad one. And when you’ve used a bad one you know how good a good one is.”

Charlie and Travis took Leah on a tour of our flagship kitchen, K2, and she was (of course) impressed by our careful attention to the fine details: wood-grain surfaces, ingenious touch-point controls, open shelving and shadow lines in cabinetry. These features not only have warmth and detail but can create a humanistic connection in what is very much a functional environment.

The K2 Kitchen System

The K2 Kitchen System

Reactions like Leah’s are why we love making kitchens, so Charlie and Travis took her through our kitchen-making process. And it always begins the same way. As we walk into a space with fresh eyes we begin to visualise the opportunities and ask that all-important question: how will the space be used. Then taking light, size and layout into account, we define the requirements and create a functional design.

Charlie and Travis also treated Leah to a tour of K3 where Charlie explained how we achieved the retro feel without it being dated. Again, it’s all down to the genius of our former furniture makers and their knowledge of materials and eye for design. For example, laminate has been used because it’s not only hardwearing and durable, but it has a real nostalgic feel. However, to update the look we created cut-outs instead of handles, and exposed the ply substrate layers underneath the laminate to reveals its texture and intricacy.

The K3 Kitchen System

The K3 Kitchen System

Leah then got the grand behind-the-scenes tour of our workshop where our kitchen visions become reality - “where the magic happens.” It’s super organised, super clean and super well maintained to reflect the high-quality kitchens we work so hard to deliver. And as Charlie and Travis explain, we fully assemble all our kitchens with appliances in our workshop to ensure everything is absolutely perfect before we let it go. 

As Leah said, we’ve “taken bespoke to a whole new level.” Leah, we’d love to have you back any time.

Behind the Scenes at our Melbourne Workshop

Behind the Scenes at our Melbourne Workshop

We are pleased (and proud) to be involved in the show alongside the likes of stylist extraordinaire Stephanie Somebody, traditional furniture maker Bern Chandley and contemporary sculptor, Chris Vasalo from Lump Sculpture Studio. We were chuffed to be included among our esteemed industry peers and prominent Australian designers and artists we admire and respect.

Our thanks to the Home Team for choosing to visit us.

Watch The Home Team episode here

When Wanda met Jan

When great design combines with an artistic mind, the results can be inspiring. So when we recently heard about the lucky winner of our Triple R radio prize, we were confident our Wanda Shelving System had found a wonderful new home and would go on to serve its purpose in style.

The winner was Brunswick artist Jan, who specialises in ceramics, sculpture and drawing. She has been a long-time supporter of Triple R and has used her Wanda Shelving System to house a collection of inspirational books, her own artworks and objects that inspire her practice as an artist.

Our story is similar to that of the Brunswick-based Triple R independent radio station – that’s one reason we’re a loyal supporter. We’ve both grown and evolved over the years, we both offer something full of character and quality and we both value our local community. We’ve been pleased to support Triple R in recent years and, like Jan, we greatly appreciate how they support the creative community, including featuring artists’ shows at each stage of their career.

Jan’s prize was two Wanda Shelving Systems in any format, size and colour to a value of $2000 including installation in her home. We’re sure Wanda will fit in perfectly with the rest of Jan’s furniture. Each piece has a story to tell, including those handmade by Jan’s Croatian carpenter father.

Jan had plenty of options when it came to configuring her Wanda Shelving System. Wanda’s backing board, which is available in Dark Grey, Light Grey and White, is a compact laminate pressed onto E0 MDF board and edged in a matching ABS edge. The brackets are stainless steel and the shelves are double-sided laminate on ply with exposed/oiled ply edge detail and come in Dark Grey, Light Grey, White, Pink, Burgundy, Olive and Pale Blue. Each product style is 1725mm high and is available in two widths - 525mm (Narrow) and 825mm (Wide).

Jan says she loves the simplicity of Wanda and chose white to accommodate her habit of regularly rearranging her displays. She is also keen on the flexibility Wanda offers and how simple it will be to remove and reinstall if needed.

We’re proud to continue our support of Triple R radio and when we hear that designs like Wanda find a happy home like Jan’s, it’s music to our ears.


Photography courtesy of Tatjana Plitt


Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the team at Cantilever Interiors

From the entire team at Cantilever Interiors, we would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and thank you for your support in 2016.

Our showroom will be closed from 21 December and we will be re-opening on 21 January 2017.

For all online orders of the Wanda Shelving System placed after 6 December 2016 and before 18 January 2017, our earliest dispatch date with be 1st February 2017, subject to quantity and colours.

For all kitchen enquiries – please email info@cantileverinteriors.com and we will get in touch when we return to set up a Showroom tour or meeting to review your project.

For those of you who are more than a little bit excited and simply can’t wait until 2017, please take a moment to review our checklist of things you can start considering over the holiday period.

·      Check out our website to see what we do and the kitchen systems we offer.

·      Consider splashback options by visiting tile retailers.

·      Consider the appliances you would like to include.

·      Think about your cooking habits and the food types you cook most often.

·      Consider which bench top materials you prefer.

·      Consider your ideal timeline; we supply Kitchens to site 4-6 weeks post Design Sign off, subject to site conditions, so we will be able to get the ball rolling early in the year.

This checklist will have you armed and ready to go! We look forward to continuing the conversation in early 2017.


Padre Coffee

Coffee and design have a lot in common. When done well, they can make life so much easier and bring a little lift to your day. Two of the best have recently come together – our Wanda Shelving Systems are now a feature of Padre Coffee stores in Brunswick East, South Melbourne and Noosa.

Padre Coffee shows great respect to the beans they roast, brew and sell. The business was born in Brunswick East almost 10 years ago as a two-man operation whose passion for high quality saw them roasting, brewing and selling coffee all under the one roof. They have since expanded their operation and continue to provide premium single origin and blended coffee beans, which they source from traders and farmers around the world who share their commitment to ethical and sustainable production.

Padre’s origins are a lot like ours, which may be why we’ve enjoyed a collaborative relationship since they approached us years ago to supply joinery products for their stores. We’ve both grown over the years but we still remain small owner-run businesses dedicated to the highest-quality products and outstanding service. We also share an acute attention to detail and a firm commitment to sustainability.

Our early work with Padre was a great testing ground for the use of our pieces in a busy commercial environment. It was also integral to the development of the Wanda Shelving Systems. The panel-based systems are easy to install and have a flexible configuration so retailers can move the shelving positions to suit changing display environments. Like all Cantilever products, they are manufactured in our Brunswick workshop from high-quality sustainable materials sourced within Australia.

Wanda’s backing board, which is available in Dark Grey, Light Grey and White, is a compact laminate pressed onto E0 MDF board and edged in a matching ABS edge. The brackets are stainless steel and the shelves are double-sided laminate on ply with exposed/oiled ply edge detail and come in Dark Grey, Light Grey, White, Pink, Burgundy, Olive and Pale Blue. Each product style is 1725mm high and is available in two widths - 525mm (Narrow) and 825mm (Wide).

The Wanda Shelving Systems are home to a wonderful world of coffee accessories at Padre’s Brunswick and South Melbourne stores – you can get a caffeine buzz from just looking at them.

They’ve chosen white backing boards and shelves in keeping with the simple, elegant design of their stores – and to let the coffee do the talking.

Click here to SHOP WANDA!

Gallery Living

Cantilever was commissioned by Banco Group to design a functional, small footprint kitchen for a development of 6 apartments suspended strikingly above Mars Gallery, in the Melbourne inner-city suburb of Windsor.

At street level, the development houses the main gallery, representing contemporary Australian and international artists. Designed by JAM Architects, the light-filled, minimalist design of the gallery space continues throughout the upstairs apartments, with floor-to-ceiling windows, light timber flooring and stark white walls.

To complement the monochrome styling of the space we moved away from the soft whites of the Cantilever Kitchen Series. Instead the kitchens have a bold, contrasting palette of “Dulux Lexicon” 2-Pack cupboard fronts and dark 'grey moss' reconstituted stone benchtop from Eco by Cosentino. Integrating the Miele Fridge and Dishwasher blurs the definition between Kitchen and Living space, without compromising function in a small footprint. 

Other features include: 

Photography | Martina Gemmola @martinagemmola Styling | Manti Tuckfield @mantistylist




Orientating Out

Built in 1951 this Ivanhoe East gem retained many of its fantastic original features, however the original kitchen – tucked into a dark, disconnected corner - was not one of them.  Having seen us in an eco-minded architectural magazine, our clients Andrew and Sam approached us with a straight-forward brief to renovate their existing kitchen.

Inspired by the expansive views over gumtrees onto the Yarra River, Cantilever removed a few internal walls to create an open plan space for the kitchen and positioned the island bench to take in the spectacular views. With a splashback window over-looking the back garden, every position provides differing site lines of the surrounding landscape.

With the clients oscillating between two of our kitchen Series, we cherry-picked features from the K2 and K3, refining detail sympathetic to the era. The recycled messmate timber of the wall and floor was incorporated into the shifting/statement island bench and complemented by a minimalistic Caeserstone benchtop.

One of Sam’s comments ‘she doesn’t think about the kitchen, she just uses it.’ stood out as it reflects a key design philosophy and goal of ours that good design is comfortable, functional, and visually harmonious with its setting.   

Other features include:

-          Timber and steel custom cabinetry pieces throughout the home creating harmony and continuity between the old and the contemporary

-          Smed Cork Bar Stools from Great Dane

-          Coco by Coco Flip Pendant Lighting

-          Recycled Messmate Timber wall paneling

Also seen in Issue #47 @greenmagazine

Photography by Martina Gemmola @gemmola and styling by Ruth Welsby @ruthwelsby

Coastal ease in Fremantle, Perth

The Petra St project beautifully marries the coastal ease of a Western Australian summer, and the egalitarian and eco-mindedness of our kitchen designs. This Fremantle workers cottage has been lovingly transformed by the client, incorporating a strong Scandinavian aesthetic with a focus on all things Mid-Century.  Clad in black weatherboards, framed in crisp white timber and adorned with a lush garden of succulents, the dwelling was an excellent match for our K1 Kitchen. The simple yet elegant laminate and plywood finishes provide a perfect backdrop for both the existing house features and the client’s collection of modernist ceramics and homewares. An addition of a breakfast bar was specifically designed to house a pair of Modernist chairs inherited from the client’s mother.

According to the owner Julieanne, designing and ordering a kitchen from Cantilever in Melbourne and having it delivered to Fremantle was not as difficult as initially thought.  'The whole process couldn't have gone any smoother thanks to the team at Cantilever who ensured that every stage was fool-proof. Phone calls, numerous emails and very detailed drawings and plans,  as well as visits from the installation team from Perth prior to the arrival,  meant the kitchen and appliances arrived safely and fitted perfectly. There was not one scratch on anything thanks to the care taken in the wrapping and packaging of the kitchen prior to it being transported by rail from Melbourne in a container. I could not have asked for better service and I am thrilled with my new Cantilever K1 kitchen' advised Julianne.

Other features include:

  • 'Vera' woven plastic rug from Swedish company Pappelina
  • Artedomus 'Inax Format' tiles

A treasure trove of ideas

Holloway Rd is the home of Warren, Tracy and their teenage children Wren and Teale. This family had a very clear vision for their kitchen and approached us with a treasure trove of ideas, sketches and samples. The project goal was to create a space where family and friends could hang out and have fun. To meet these requirements, a K2 kitchen was installed, with creative embellishments, to the clients specifications.

A project highlight is the cantilevered bench featuring a continuous thread of timber material finishes across flooring, bench-tops and cabinetry fronts. Warren wanted this feature to emulate a handkerchief being dropped over an object. To-date, this is one of the more abstract and technically difficult briefs we have received, but the team rose to the challenge and are proud of the outcome.

When asked to describe his new kitchen, Warren said ‘It is extremely functional with a super clean contemporary style coupled with creative flair’. He advised that ‘the process was thoroughly enjoyable’ and said that ’from start to finish the Cantilever team were professional and down to earth’.

Other kitchen features include:

  • Wolf down-draft range hood that is flued to the rear of the cabinets through the slab floor and out the boundary wall
  • Two-pack lacquer and Blackbutt veneer cabinetry
  • Patricia Urquiola tiles from Urban Edge Ceramics, Richmond
  • Caesarstone bench-tops
  • Custom patterned concrete floor
  • Client designed splashback showcasing scribbles and sketches this creative family have been accumulating over the years.


A sunny disposition

This Alphington home is owned by a busy couple with four children. To accommodate their energetic lifestyle they wanted spaces that married the indoors with the outdoors. The combination of bright furnishings and terrazzo floors have created a light and airy kitchen and meals area. The house also has an outdoor fireplace and pool - features not often found in the inner-north of Melbourne.

This installation is predominately a K3 Kitchen, with the inclusion of the Eco by Cosentino stone benchtop and glass splashback providing a lustrous effect. 

Other features include:

  • laminate on plywood cupboard faces
  • cut-out handle details on drawers
  • glass splashback - colour 'Dulux Tendril'

Minimal meets eclectic

This Nth Carlton home is full of character, vivid colours and a playful feel. The K2 kitchen's streamlined finger-pull drawers, matt finish two-pack fronts and stone benchtops create a minimal kitchen space providing the perfect back-drop for the owners tropical indoor plants and quirky collection of objects and artwork. An exposed brick splashback was chosen to add a textural element to the kitchen.

Other features include:

  • Eco by Cosentino 'polar cap' benchtop made from 75% recycled materials
  • Open-box in American Oak




Art-filled abode

We’ve found that all of our clients have a unique style, and Robyn & Nick are no exception. Filled with interesting art, splashes of vibrant green and a verdant garden, their house is a reflection of the lives and experiences of this Hawthorn family.

To complement their personal style it seemed perfect that they chose a white version of our K2 kitchen, with the warm timber of the Blackbutt veneer – it fits seamlessly into to their calm and peaceful home.

Other features include:

  • a mirrored splashback, creating a greater sense of space in the kitchen
  • open-shelving, displaying cookbooks and the family's beautiful ceramics and cooking utensils
  • integrated fridges, allowing the kitchen to sit seamlessly in this open-plan space
  • a Cantilever designed and locally fabricated sink. 

70s Transformation

Cantilever Interiors collaborated with emerging architectural firm, Thomas Winwood Architecture on a custom kitchen design project, in the Melbourne suburb of Prahran. The brief was to transform an uninspired 1970s townhouse into a light-filled, tactile and calm home that gives a subtle nod to Mid-Century style.

The client had a clear vision for the space that included the fine-detailing commonly found in Modernist homes. Having worked with Thomas McKenzie on two previous projects, a close dialogue on detail had been developed and this resulted in resolved joinery that worked seamlessly with the overall design of the house. A project highlight in this kitchen was the American Oak pantry doors.

According to Thomas McKenzie ‘Great joinery is essential to realising a fantastic project.  Working with Cantilever is always a collaborative process allowing us to collectively achieve the best outcome. The team understand how to incorporate their experience and knowledge without compromising the intent of the design.’

Other features include:

  • Calacatta Nuvo Caesarstone benchtops
  • an exquisitely detailed brass handrail on the staircase
  • a bespoke timber-lined garage
  • FSC certified timber, low-VOC paints, double-glazing, LED lighting and energy efficient fixtures and fittings.
  • robust materials including a slate floor, painted brick walls, timber window frames and Silvertop ash timber lining boards.

Images: Fraser Marsden