Marvellous materials

Written by Shereen Lurie

When designing a kitchen, huge importance is given to the materials that will feature in the space. Using a variety of high-quality materials can enhance both the aesthetic appeal and functionality of the kitchen, ensuring a harmonious and durable environment for culinary endeavours. Discover your options here.


“Acrylic is a durable and easy-to-clean material commonly used for cabinet doors and drawers in modern-style cabinets, offering a wide range of colours, patterns, and textures. High-quality veneer woods provide a consistent grain pattern and can be stained to resemble expensive wood species. Additionally, high-end cabinets often incorporate glass as decorative elements, such as tinted glass-panel doors or glass shelves, adding elegance and sophistication to the overall design.” – Selma Zaifoglu, director/architect at Linear Concepts

Linear Concepts

“An exciting product Boffi utilises is Lasermat, a soft-touch, matte surface. Lasermat has the advantage of being anti-fingerprint. It’s also soft to the touch, highly resistant to scratches, antibacterial, and thermo-repairable. Interior designers can apply this finish to both vertical and horizontal surfaces.” – Ruan Pretorius, designer at Boffi Studio

Boffi Studio


“Quartz countertops have seen rising popularity due to their durability, low maintenance, and wide range of colours and patterns, as they are engineered using natural quartz combined with resin binders. Nanotech surfaces are known for their resistance to stains, heat, and scratches, utilising advanced technology to create a protective layer that enhances their durability and practicality.” – Selma Zaifoglu, director/architect at Linear Concepts

Linear Concepts

“In the dynamic realm of kitchen design, countertop materials are crucial for aesthetics and functionality. MDi (Mineral, Design innovation) by Inalco stands out as an innovative surface for kitchen tops and back panels, blending the beauty of modern materials with sustainability. Inspired by nature, MDi integrates carefully selected minerals, offering endless design possibilities through a revolutionary production process. Its emphasis on sustainability aligns with the growing demand for eco-conscious choices in the market. The innovative production process of MDi allows for unparalleled flexibility in shaping kitchen surfaces, ensuring seamless harmony between functionality and visual appeal in dynamic kitchen spaces.” – Melandri Cloete (interior architect), Theo Tsukudu (senior interior designer) and Kayley Brazer (marketing manager) at Casarredo


“In contemporary design, there’s a shift towards bold choices like striking natural or engineered stone with vibrant colours. A unique colour palette in the kitchen can energize the space and serve as a focal point in the home, offering contrast. Rudi’s Choice Natural Stone provides distinctive stone slabs akin to art pieces, while Infinity large-scale porcelain slabs offer tailored colour choices.” – Megan Noel, head of marketing at Interslab


Featured image: Interslab


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