Cantilever’s K3 Palette Series | Forage + Find

A collection inspired by the practice of a life lived local, where the bounty hidden at your doorstep is revealed, should you seek it. In homage to K3 Kitchen System, we have created a palette series featuring locally sourced colored concrete benchtops by Hatch Concrete, Stainless Steel and SoftTouch with Ply tones to inspire moments foraged and found.


A ‘local mindset’ is the productive centre of the Cantilever spirit. Wherever possible we design and make our product using locally sourced material, often designing alternatives to imported products for local manufacture. Sourcing local moves beyond material, into the forest, creek and beachside with our latest release of K3 SoftTouch Palette Series; Forage + Find.

K3 Kitchen System is our third child, born in 2014.  Testament to our ethos of design for longevity, it brings together material durability, fabrication integrity, and longevity of style; key strategies that improve the sustainability of our products. For many, K3 strikes the heart as ‘the one’. Blindly sought, and finally found.

A curated collection of colour options extends the footprint of K3’s integral design language.  5 colourways offer dark green, navy or black and light blue, or peach tones, to push toward moods alternate to the crisp white and timber original.  A growing colour confidence for those keen to explore.

In the development of K3 Forage + Find palette series, Cantilever sought the expertise of Hatch Concrete to develop a series of masterful coloured concrete benchtop options. Tried and tested, the product creates a durable matte benchtop surface paired with a robust sealant. Locally made, owners Darryn and Jayne balance the design and manufacture of their concrete products from their studio workshop in Inverloch.

Darren and Jayne see a beauty and adaptability in concrete that is hard to find in alternative products. Darren explains, “Concrete has a different feel, it brings a warmth as a material, it has more variation which gives it a unique, inconsistent quality. It feels less manufactured, you can see the hands of the maker”. He also loves the flexibility it provides, “We can create moulds and different profiles, forming the concrete into different shapes, which is really exciting. Its just so easy to customise, you can make a basin, a benchtop, a fire hearth, all made from the same material”.

Local life in Inverloch affords a keen, daily inter-relationship with the beautiful, and bountiful, coastal surrounds. Jayne spoke to us about her connection to her home town and its landscape. “We instantly fell in love with Inverloch. I love the bush and the natural surrounds, how the farmland meets the sea. The wild, untamed coastline is just beautiful”. Jayne describes her love affair with the land and foraging, “I love to forage in our local area, collecting the unassuming natives that lots of people overlook, or when you spot a random, wild fruit tree growing outside of their normal context. Foraging makes you look at things differently, seeing the beauty in the often overlooked”.

When designing the colour ways of the palettes, our minds wandered to this local produce, foraged and found, for inspiration.  Silver grey saltbush, or wattleseed.  Hazelnut and moss.  Olive, or blush of pine mushroom.  Pale bellied slippery jack.  Edible flowers, fresh white.  Mussels clustered black.  It is easy to forget that our natural world surrounds us, even in the suburbs.  Foraged finds abound when we take our minds eye to fruitful street trees, fallen seed, wild sown nut trees amongst bike paths.  Creekside edible native greens, lemon myrtle leaf and chamomile teas.  Nasturtium leaves.

Be you in a forest, city parkland, backyard or coastal clime, it is those that forage who will find.

At Cantilever, designing with and developing our own product group, has helped establish a unique, quintessential aesthetic. Each project however is entirely different. As much as our spaces, layouts, palette combinations, homes and clients are. Injecting variety into our palette offer allows our systems to take on different moods across projects, and within homes.

Photos: Martina Gemmola

Suppliers: Hatch Concrete