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“Kitchen ideas for every style
PATRICK REYNOLDS A 4m-long dining table from Indonesia sets the scale for the rest of the room; the large pendant lights help create a cosier feel. The owners bought them overseas but they are available here from ECC.
The best new ideas to enhance the heart of every house – the kitchen.
Generosity is the key to this kitchen where extended family and many friends come to play: it’s big in size, big in capacity and big on spectacle.
This new home, on a ridge on Waiheke Island, has Onetangi beach to the east, Rangitoto to the west and the wide ocean to the north. “When you have such wraparound views, it’s tempting to design a glass box,” says architect Jane Aimer of Scarlet Architects (scarletarchitects.co.nz).
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PATRICK REYNOLDS A Cameo White Corian benchtop and custom lacquered cabinetry contrast with the bagged concrete wall and timber accents in this Waiheke Island kitchen.
Not in this case. The home was pla
ed as a “slow unfolding”, and it’s only once you reach the kitchen that the full vista is revealed. “Most people have no idea what they’re going to see,” says Jane.
It was important that this centrepiece room hold its own beneath the high stud of floating timber ceilings and the clerestory windows that let in an expanse of sky. “It could have looked feeble within that huge volume.” The Kiwi owners, who live in Melbourne but use this as their regular holiday escape, already had a lovely old dining table from Indonesia that set the tone u2013 and the scale. “It was 4m long,” says Jane.
Anchored by a wall of timber battens that separates it from the hallway, the kitchen features a textural array of materials to offset its substance. White benches provide a crisp, glossy contrast to the dark timber back wall and American oak floors add a honey-toned ingredient. Some cupboard fronts are white, others are in dark timber veneer and a concrete wall on the opposite side of the stairwell adds to the interesting palette.”