Environment & Engineering

Good Bones joinery system


An early prototype Good Bones kitchen in Wellington

In today’s kitchen market, plastic-coated MDF box system kitchens still dominate, despite being difficult to upgrade, wasteful in production and their disposal harmful to the environment.

A Victoria University of Wellington interiors architect has designed an innovative kitchen joinery system for the 21st century, using sustainable materials that allow simple assembly, together with maximum flexibility and durability.

Built on an in-depth understanding of kitchen history in New Zealand, this new design proposes a shift away from the box system to a joinery skeleton that holds a bench and drawers. Each part can be produced from natural materials and easily replaced, while assembly is simple and design options are endless. The design is perfectly suited for a flexible and sustainable lifestyle that allows owners to bring their kitchen along with them if they move, even if that means moving from a modern city apartment to a traditional villa.

Features and benefits

Durable and environmentally friendly

Built from durable and environmentally-friendly stainless steel, the joinery offers a clean and long-lasting solution for high demand environments.

The minimal structurewhich uses frames instead of ‘box’ carcasses—is completely recyclable.

Adaptable and accessible

Available as either as a kit-set or custom build, the flexible Good Bones joinery can be assembled with any combination of wooden drawers with exchangeable fronts, and bench tops—and can be adapted to accommodate other furniture applications such as shelves.

The open frame under the bench means plumbing and electrical fittings are easily accessible. 

Easy to install

With simple kit-set assembly, and no scribing to the wall required, installation is easy and quick.

In more detail

Market research shows that buyers want to make more healthy and environmentally-conscious purchases for their homes. A kitchen without toxic materials such as MDF (medium density fibreboard) is the preferred choice for homeowners, and a sustainable solution for New Zealand.

The first Good Bones prototype was built for a residential kitchenan obvious application for the invention.

Kitchens in private homes need to have visual appeal that suits a variety of environments and tastes. The Good Bones design allows for drawer fronts to be replaced easily, resulting in a complete visual upgrade, while the open drawer system gives easy access to plumbing and electrical, making it easy to maintain fixtures and appliances.


For more information on Good Bones, visit the website or contact the Commercialisation Manager below.

Julie Crisford

Contracts & Portfolio Manager

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