Bloomfield Street – a whole-home approach

The Kitchen is Cantilever’s first love, but we often lend our design and supply service to joinery for complete renovation projects, be it a kitchen and bathroom, or a whole home scope. There are many advantages of approaching the joinery components of a renovation as a set, including economy of scale across materials and intersecting trades, along with consistency of service, finish and design detail.  

Bloomfield Street was one such project, a ‘forever home’ renovation of a single front Edwardian in Melbourne’s inner-west.   Within the double story rear extension, the floorplan included kitchen, laundry, pantry, hall and bathroom in the lower quarters delineating through to an open-plan living space and north-facing garden. Upstairs host the sleeping quarters and bathrooms.  A classic renovation for a house of this era,  our clients were motivated to capture a light, enduring palette that would create a refreshing series of spaces linked by detail. 

Our clients approached us with their builder and drafted construction plans in place.  The new floorplan had been mapped with thoughtful consideration to spacial flow and a dream of forging a lifestyle. The detailing of how that would play out over time came down to a strong design response and the resolve of quality craftsmanship.

 Working within the new flootprint, our design service built project specific joinery layouts in consultation to appliance and palette preferences, habits and budget.  The starting point in our design process is accessing the room dimension, light source, ceiling heights, pathways and materiality to inform the framework for the major joinery blocks.  These blocks then establish the design principals, function and flow of all joinery and activity in the home.  

Ergonomics come first to meet the practical requirements of each room. Working with joinery units from our unique cabinet library (these are blocks that have been prototyped and tested, unique to and developed by Cantilever), we then tailor the design to the framework, develop and resolve the details and material palette.

With the template set, the finishes for Bloomfield Street Kitchen were developed from our K2 base palette; two pack and veneer fronts, stone benchtops, finger pull handles and appliance integration.  The distinctive wall-hung shelf is a defining feature, complimented by the veneer open box on the Island base.  By extending the palette through the pantry, bathrooms, laundry and entrance hall joinery, a seamless transition wonders between spaces.

With a clear vision and a desire to create a home that feels complete in its consideration, it was our client's dedication to seeking a quality outcome that determined the success of this project. 

A Cantilever Kitchen is on its way to Design Files Open House


DFOH 2017

23.11 - 26.11

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We are proud to announce that Cantilever Interiors will be a major supply partner for The Design Files Open House

Running into its fifth instalment, The Design Files Open House is a curated public event which brings together the finest of Australia’s local makers, designers, artists and creatives.

This year’s TDFOH will be hosted within a lofty Collingwood warehouse with, you guessed it, a Cantilever Kitchen setting the stage.

Situated within an expansive open plan home layout, our custom-built kitchen design will feature beautiful products from our friends at Anchor Ceramics, Sussex Taps and Signorino.

We are very excited to be taking part in this special event. Join us this November for the style event of the year! 

For more details go to | Save the date 23rd to 26th November 2017

Mills Street – Compact Kitchen Design

Mills Street by Cantilever Interiors

Mills Street by Cantilever Interiors

The greatest misconception about small kitchens is that they are always cramped, lack storage and work space. Cantilever believe that the size of a space has no bearing on its potential, and appreciate the design challenge of a small scale Kitchen!  Compact Kitchen design requires flexible thinking – not a shrunk down version of a full-size design.   A recent project; Mills Street; showcases some key design elements worth considering when designing a compact Kitchen.

When it comes to compact – smart design is critical.

Here are our five top tips for your compact kitchen project:

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Keep it simple

Small kitchens naturally have a high density feel about them, with a myriad of visually competing components squished together.   A simple palette is needed to neutralize this, making the space feel bigger.  The Mills Street project palette exemplifies this technique, using Integrated appliances, Cantilever steel handles, a soft grey splash back tile made by Anchor Ceramics, and timber accents.

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Choose appliances and hardware that are right for your space

Appliances can make or break a compact kitchen.

Choosing tall and narrow appliances shifts the organization vertically to free up horizontal storage space.

As pictured, our client invested in a clever cook top with integrated downdraft.  The cupboard above a cook top usually stores a range hood, limiting storage options.  The downdraft system moves the 'range hood' component below bench top, freeing up overhead space for cook-zone storage, which in turn eleviates bench space.   Integrated bi-fold hardware works to improve access and visibility to the contents of this cabinet group.

A narrow 450 wide dishwasher partnered with a single bowl sink gains a wide set of drawers to store cutlery, crockery, and cookware.  A well-designed sink cabinet can provide adequate space for a pull out bin, and shelf for cleaning equipment.  Utilizing this often clunky cabinet is essential in a small kitchen.

Lighting counts

Task lighting is a must. You should never have to fight your shadow particularly when a mandoline slicer is involved. Our integrated LED strips sit flush within the overheads and offer brilliant coverage to the work space.

Skylights, window splash backs, and floor to ceiling windows are a wonderful way to let natural light and open up the space.

The strength of a small space is its ability to create an intimate environment. Use this to your advantage by incorporating ambient evening lighting either via adjustable down lights, pendants or wall lighting.

Think of it as Multi-Use Work space

Open plan spaces are by their nature multipurpose, so the joinery should be too.  Work zones traditionally housed in their own rooms can be merged, improving efficiency of space and placement of utilities. Our Mills Street project (pictured) exemplifies this idea, by extending the galley format to incorporate a narrow euro laundry with custom designed stainless steel bench and sink. This not only gives the illusion that the kitchen is grander than it is; but also allows for the addition of a Laundry to the premises without affecting the homes' floor plan.

In this design, the narrow footprint of the island maintains workflow access, whilst the service free bench top provides the extra space needed for food prep and plating, casual dining or even laundry sorting!   The inset Open Mitred Box in blackbutt anchors the simplified form within the space, and provides further display cabinetry for cookbooks or oft-used homewares.

Sustainable House Day

Sustainability is a complicated best.  As an Australian manufacturer, Cantilever’s mission to create enduring, sustainable kitchens is an ever-evolving one.  We consider the principles of ‘designing for longevity’ a key strategy toward improving the sustainability of our products.  Our Kitchens bring together material durability and low toxicity, fabrication integrity and we hope, longevity of style.  Our distinct Kitchen System designs are deliberately subtle, and flexible, allowing them to move toward the architectural and personal styles of our client’s homes.   Our design approach is matched by engaged workplace practices toward waste management, improving air quality, and a passion for local manufacturing.  We try to apply the same values we store in our products, to our practice.    

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Sustainable Open House ‘The Bunker’

Like most people, Cantilever folk enjoy working with likeminded business’ and people.  ‘The Bunker’ project saw a K1 Kitchen settle into a rammed earth build; made by industry experts Earth House Australia.   

Rammed Earth walls are a refined building technique with a beautiful aesthetic quality and impressive sustainable attributes.  By the nature of their construction, rammed earth walls contribute to a reduction in waste, improve thermal mass and reduce house-hold energy use.  Earth House Australia is taking this often Architecturally driven material to a new level by offering Off-the-plan options for new builds, one design on show at The Bunker. 

Set in the North East quarter of the home, this classic U Shaped kitchen with extended pantry length, is bathed in light.  The double glazed sink and splashback windows frame the backyard, and with the open pantry tucked behind the corner, there is plenty of bench space for prep and serving.  The kitchen palette is a Classic Cantilever K1, with White Melamine on E0 substrate fronts, matching ABS edge, and Steel pull-handles.   Laminate with ply trim benchtops and signature Hoop Pine Ply open mitred boxes with a Low VOC Water based finish, soften the palette and connect it to the original hardwood Floorboards. A simple kitchen, sitting softly in it's home.

Further reading: Click here to read the article by Emma Watson for the Moorabbin Kingston Leader published on August 18, 2017

To visit on Sustainable House Open Day you must register


Sustainable Open House ‘Melbourne Vernacular’

‘Melbourne Vernacular’ has seen a long renovation of a 100-year-old workers cottage in Melbourne’s inner west. Beautifully restored and made anew, the owners; Leanne and Scott Thompson have chosen recycled materials, and Low VOC options wherever possible. Applying passive design and thermal mass principles throughout their design, the architecture of the home engages complimentary textures of exposed brick facades, concrete floors and timber beams. 

Scott and Leanne engaged Cantilever to design, supply and install our K2 Kitchen; adapted to suit the architectural features of the home.  Every Cantilever Kitchen is a custom fit, using the palettes and design detailing of our distinct Kitchen Ranges as the framework, with inbuilt adaptability and design tolerance capable of creating a unique response curated to each project.  The exposed timber beams of the Kitchen ceiling support a Greenroof covered in plants native to Melbourne’s western planes.  The matching hardwood custom joinery throughout the living space leant the kitchen to be designed using Vic Ash Veneer.  In keeping with our product standards, the veneer was finished with Low VOC Water based finish, and complemented by White Two Pack fronts with E0 substrate throughout. 

The benchtops are a subtle re-constituted stone called Eco by Cosentino (Polar Cap white), which has 80% recycled content.  Complimented by Cantilever’s own Locally manufactured sink with bamboo chopping board inset, this kitchen offers the complete Cantilever package.

Our clients have beautifully captured their renovation journey @melbourne_vernacular with plenty of helpful references for key renovation contacts and ideas.  To learn more about the sustainable qualities of the home visit here

Register to visit Sustainable House Day on Sunday 17th of September.

 Five things you need to know for a Christmas ready kitchen

Lawson Street - Cantilever ex-factory project in Redfern NSW

Lawson Street - Cantilever ex-factory project in Redfern NSW

Your Cantilever Kitchen can be delivered for installation anywhere in Australia. This time last year, this beautiful K3 Kitchen was in our workshop, packaged and ready for delivery to it's Redfern home.  

Here are five things you need to know to meet the Christmas deadline:

Map out your project timeline

Count backward from your installation date. Four to six weeks is an industry standard for a quality kitchen manufacturer. Add a couple of weeks for the design process, and to research appliances and accessories.

If you live interstate and are considering our Australia Wide Ex-Factory service add few extra days for shipping.  

Always add an extra ‘just-in-case” week to allow for unexpected delays. Delays happen, but it has less impact when you account for it before it happens.

Engage the design process early

More often than not, a kitchen renovation is part a bigger lifestyle plan for the home and family. For some this will involve removing walls, installing new windows or potentially extending the house to create an open plan space.

With all these extra elements, it can sometimes be daunting to know where to start. Engaging our design service early in the development is a great way to address the space as a whole and how the kitchen situates within.

Know what’s involved in your project and get the right advice

A project can involve up to six different kinds of trades for electrical, plumbing, plastering, tiling, painting and floors, so decide early on whether you are going to manage trades yourself or contract a builder.

Our design, manufacture and install process means you’re working with one familiar team from start to end. Along the way, we’ll guide you through the process and keep you on track.

Heading towards the building stage, we can advise whether you’ll need planning or building permits, as well as what to expect from your registered builder.

Our recommended builders have worked on a number of Cantilever Projects and are familiar with our processes. If you would like a recommendation, speak with one of our design consultants.

There’s more to appliances than you think

It’s very easy to get caught up with how you want your kitchen to look – sometimes crucial components like appliances become an afterthought. Each appliance has its unique requirements that need to be accounted for to manufacture quality joinery - so get on to this early in the piece.

Re-use or buy new? We can work with either, so it’s up to you. However, your kitchen is a long-term investment, so don’t let the design be dictated by an appliance that has perhaps had its day. Rule of thumb is, if it’s over five years old sell it or service it.

For appliances, we recommend family owned E&S Trading in Abbotsford, and remains a good option no matter where you live, because we can deliver your appliances with your kitchen cabinetry!

Leave the little things to last

Tiles, lighting fixtures, mixers, and sinks are a great way to show off your personal style but don’t let this be the starting point for a design. Getting the layout right from the start gives you the best canvas for the finishing touches. 

Start your kitchen project with us!

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Lawson Street photography by Prue Rusco, styling by Lucy McCabe

North Street — designing for longevity

North Street Brunswick

North Street Brunswick

HIP V. HYPE brings a holistic approach to design led development projects.  Focussed on the key pillars of Development, Design, Sustainability and Research, Liam Wallis [founder of HIP V. HYPE.] brings a robust, philosophical edge to the projects they pursue. 

HIP V. HYPE projects explore ideas of enhanced liveability in the context of increasing density. Smaller spaces typically enhance design problems, not fix them.   ‘Living Small’ determines the need to thoughtfully resolve equal demands of functionality, liveability, community balance, individual privacy and affordability.   

HIP V. HYPE believe that ‘smaller space designed and built with consideration can provide for everything required to live well, with less, more simply’[1].  The company approaches this challenge with ‘an appreciation of the value of design and the strength of a first principles approach to problem solving’ [2]– believing that every decision should be ‘evaluated through the filter of how that decision will affect the quality and integrity of experience of the end user’[3], and that the same principles can be applied to the creation of spaces, products, services and systems for people. 

Grounded by this user centred approach to layout, material selection, form and function of space; the practical germination of Wallis’ vision was tested and resolved in 2013 with the development of his 300 sqm block in Brunswick, Victoria; 1 & 1A North St.   A fortuitous opportunity with this applied knowledge soon intersecting numerous inner-Melbourne developments [Clarke Street, Park and Raphael] exhibiting a clear focus on designing for longevity, and liveability in turn. 

Akin to the values at play in the development of our Kitchen Systems, the North Street project Kitchen became one of a group of early prototypes for what is now our K3 Kitchen product; launched in 2014.

When designing one of our products, Cantilever focus on principles of ‘designing for longevity’ as a key strategy toward improving the sustainability of our products.  Designing for longevity brings together material durability, fabrication integrity, and longevity of style.  When combined with a design led approach to the resolution of detail, sensory experience, design tolerance and adaptability of application, products become user-centred.

Italian cookup with Katya, a formidable testing ground for our K3 Kitchen.

Italian cookup with Katya, a formidable testing ground for our K3 Kitchen.

Set against a single wall to face the open plan living space, the North St kitchen layout encompasses Fridge, pantry and tall storage space, dishwasher, under-sink bin, drawer sets, integrated range hood with upper cabinetry storage, integrated lighting and large drawer storage held within a 7-metre run.  Signature hoop pine ply open mitred boxes accentuate the layout and provide display storage, and the slimline stainless-steel benchtop holds an upstand that allows for easy access to kitchen essentials.  Like Cantilever, HIP V. HYPE is ‘a big believer in the importance of detail resolution’, and sees the kinship between designer and maker essential to enable ‘effective resolution of details that are robust, beautiful and easy to maintain’[4]

We think this project is a testament to the value of clear design purpose determining lasting integrity, and there’s nothing wrong with a considered, well-made proto-type either.

If you have an interest in HIP V. HYPE’s approach to Development, Design, Sustainability or Research please reach out at:


Photography: Tess Kelly @tesskellyphotography


[1] 170531 Welcome to our Home Interview written by Elise Teperman via interview with Liam Wallis pp.10
[4] 170531 Welcome to our Home Interview written by Elise Teperman via interview with Liam Wallis pp. 7

Cantilever visit Anchor Ceramics

As regularly as possible the Cantilever Team wander out into the world and take some time to engage with our industry of makers, designers and manufacturers.  We recently visited Anchor Ceramics; a design studio in Melbourne’s inner north. Makers of ceramic vessels, tiles and lighting available through stockists around Australia, Anchor is a burgeoning example of our creative industries’ capacity to make an enduring statement, and sustain Australia as a ‘place of makers’.  

Born of the heady world of artist and then architect; Anchors’ founder Bruce Rowe came to ceramics mid-career and explains ‘For me, ceramics is a kind of re-connection of the designer with the maker; ultimately it allows me to undertake both designing and making with an understanding of the requirements of each.’[1] The Cantilever team similarly appreciate this marriage of minds and enjoyed hearing about Anchor’s creative and physical approach to product design.

Potter DS is a recently launched lighting range developed by the Studio.  Bruce talked us through the ground work, concept development, playing and prototyping.  In development for over a year; the practice understands that time is a key factor in the creation process.  Bruce says ‘the motivation is to be good, not to be big for the sake of it’ and ‘staying small’ enables time for the prototyping and exploration required to release new products to market.

Talking through the process of development of the Potter DS – Wall Light; Bruce reflected on the valued relationships of external stockists and suppliers that offer ‘essential services’ in the production line of getting their wares into hands and homes.  For most practitioners; the fostering of one pursuit engages many and this is a network of expertise we each rely on. “(There are) fewer Melbourne business’ designing and making stuff in Australia.” This quiet decline impacts each thread of the network and Bruce has found it can be ‘difficult to find skills, people and materials that are local’.  Though with business’ like Anchor bucking the trend; we are on a pathway toward a local design and manufacturing environment that is sustainable and robust.  This passion is a guiding force; influencing the many decisions the studio makes through the chain; from where to purchase raw materials to their technical development, packaging and inevitable distribution;[2]  influencing too the production footprint of what they make. 

Potter DS Pendant by Anchor Ceramics. Image Haydn Cattach.

Potter DS Pendant by Anchor Ceramics. Image Haydn Cattach.

Anchor's products are made from a variety of clay.  The white stoneware and raku clay bodies are made in Queensland and the Terracotta clay Anchor use is mined in South Australia. Using this natural product is an inspiration, as Bruce acknowledges ‘I really like the timelessness of making something out of the dirt’. Yet it is also understood as a privilege and a responsibility, and endorses an expectation too that their customers are ‘buying for life’.  This expectation, in turn, drives the production and design quality of their wares. The outcome is beautiful, original, impeccably crafted objects that inspire and contribute more than they take away.

 “as long as we keep making stuff that is good, with good design integrity that is the point.  Life is too short to do anything otherwise.’

Anchor Ceramic products are available through Stockists listed here.

Sources: [1] Team Yellow trace November 9,2016. [2] The Design Files post Monday 4th March 2013 by Lucy Feagins

Excursion images: Katherine Wills

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


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!

Black and White

The Black and White extension to a post-war semi-detached home in Mont Albert is a testimony to design collaboration and the opportunities for integration when design is considered at a macro and micro scale throughout the process.

In a rare occurrence our clients approached Cantilever as the kitchen and cabinet designers before even considering the architecture of the extension.  With a mutual design respect and focus on sustainable materials, refined detailing and environmental performance, we recommended friend and architect Ben Callery Architects.  It was a pleasure to collaborate with Ben and our horticulturist clients; we particularly enjoyed learning from Ben’s holistic approach to sustainability. 
The drive for sustainable, quality design informed many choices through the project and also provide strong architectural gestures. Strategies include: 

  • Maximising solar gain in winter through a north orientation, raked roof and clerestory windows

  • Large openings connect the home with the landscape, locating these on either side of the home provides cross-ventilation

  • Passive cooling is assisted by the use of louvre windows and energy efficient ceiling fans

  • A well-insulated concrete slab provides thermal mass and high-levels of insulation  maintain steady temperatures throughout the seasons

  • Quality materials with minimal maintenance to increase life span

  • The result is an elegant and compact extension featuring a restrained material palette which is designed to complement and accentuate the materials and details of our K3 Kitchen Series. 

Other features include:

  • Melbourne-made Cantilever steel handles

  • Splashback window with louvre and clerestory window

  • Eames lounge chair

  • Mies van de Rohe Barcelona chair

  • Haiku ceiling fans

Photography by Tatjana Plitt
Styling Ben Callery and Tatjana Plitt


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

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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