5 Minutes with designer Shane George

Designed to cater for a busy family, 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, fridge  and storage are all housed in tall white cabinetry sunk into the back wall and bulkhead above, borrowing  internal space from an adjacent room, creating the effect of the cabinetry ‘disappearing’ into the 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 softer  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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What are the origins of Trenzseater?

TRENZSEATER was established formally in 2004 through a vision Ben had to fulfil a niche in the market for tailor made luxury furniture, a concept that gave clients exposure to a range of product which covered furniture, drapery, blinds, wallpaper, bedlinen and accessories all within the same store. This concept quickly established TRENZSEATER as the source for a complete solution for interiors, demonstrating TRENZSEATER’s commitment to offering the very finest of product for your home.

What’s your design philosophy?

TRENZSEATER’s design is distinguished by an international style, it is instantly recognisable, sophisticated, and is a design that won’t date, its classic and timeless.

What’s involved in your selection process of brands and pieces?

When we consider new international brands we always look for product that is distinctive, its sits well within in the New Zealand market and that it is a product that we feel will work on our retail side but also be successful in our interior design projects.

The Bonheur Coffee Table – available from Trenzseater


What other services do you offer?

TRENZSEATER has an internationally recognised Interior Design Service, it is something we are particularly proud of being recognised through the Andrew Martin Interior Design Review and the International Design Awards (IDA). We also have a commercial division, which we cater for projects all over New Zealand and have also entertained projects overseas as well.

What are some of the projects you have worked on?

We are involved in a lot of high end Interior Design projects, most of which are for clients who don’t want to be named but they can be viewed in our portfolio on our website. Commercially we have been involved with many Hotels and Resorts that suit our market.

Where do you look for design inspiration?

The majority of the product we make in New Zealand is inspired by our clients, we get asked for certain aspects of different designs and when this occurs repeatedly we often design a product to accommodate its needs. A lot of our designs evolve from current designs, we use a lot of details which make the product distinctive and it is these details we bring forward into complimentary designs. We are constantly inspired, and are continuously evolving our designs to suit the market.