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A custom-designed kitchen will ensure that your every need – both present and anticipated – will be adeptly met

Beneath a cool exterior


The trouble with fashion is that it is such a fickle beast, one minute praising you for your colour scheme, the next deriding you for your passé hues.

Avoiding the pitfalls of fashion requires an in-depth knowledge of your subject matter and the temerity to stay one step ahead of the latest fad, says Linda Christensen, co-director of Kitchens by Design.

"The secret to creating an enduring look lies in a design that accounts as much for functionality as it does aesthetics – a design that achieves this will have long-lived appeal."

With more than 70 years' combined experience in kitchen design, Linda and her fellow Kitchens by Design directors – Robyn Labb, Joanne Godding and Sue Gillbanks – have the proficiency to create a kitchen tailored to your needs. Each designer brings their own style and area of expertise to the table, formulating ideas individually, but in such a way as to be complementary to each other.

Kitchens by Design offers its clients a nationwide one-on-one, total management and co-ordination service from the concept and design stage through to supply and installation.


There is no denying that as design and manufacturing processes continue to evolve, kitchen architecture is becoming more and more complex and technical. That is why true custom design skills – combining technical expertise with great design sense and knowledge – are becoming highly sought after. It is these skills that enable the team from Kitchens by Design to ensure the seamless production of each custom-designed kitchen.

As with most businesses, Christensen says Kitchens by Design's accomplishments are due solely to the collaborative effort between the designers, expert CAD operators and administration and manufacturing teams.

"If you are going to lead from the front in kitchen design, it is vital to have a thorough and competent back-up team to ensure that the manufacturing process moves when and how it should, and installation goes ahead without a hitch."

Each Kitchens by Design kitchen is manufactured to exacting standards in the company's New Zealand production facility.

For details, contact Kitchens by Design, Unit 1:4, Axis Building, 91 St Georges Bay Rd, Parnell, Auckland, phone (09) 379 3084, fax (09) 379 3091. Email:, or visit the .

First published date: 23 February 2007

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