Designed to cater for a busy family,Â this beautifully proportioned modern kitchen took a pivotal role in the renovation of a large bungalow in Remuera. The owners’ brief was for a larger space than the existing kitchen occupied, an enhanced connection to the outdoor living area, an island with seating for at least four, and a clean but not too clinical aesthetic. Working closely with his client’s architect, designer Shane George (above), from Kitchens By Design, asked for a wall-to-wall picture window to be inserted.
The ovens, pantry, fridgeÂ and storage are all housed in tall white cabinetry sunk into the back wall and bulkhead above, borrowingÂ internal space from an adjacent room, creating the effect of theÂ cabinetry ‘disappearing’ into theÂ wall. The colour and material palettes were kept simple, as p the client’s request. Clean whit cabinetry sits next to rich, chocolate-stained American oa with a flash of metallic bronze paintwork on the overhead cabinetry above the wide pictue window. The two benchtop materials reflect their functions – hard-wearing stainless steel along the worktop, and a softerÂ Caesarstone engineered stone subtle marble veining on the isl where the family eats breakfast finish, the designer integrated hidden LED strip lighting into th negative detailing above the cabinetry and around the toekicks.
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