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Crisp, modern kitchen with orange island countertop

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In a country where it is common to have both a wet and a dry kitchen, it is a little unusual to see a new house with just one large family kitchen.

But that's exactly what the owners of this Singapore property requested, says architect Melanie Francis of Tow Francis.

"One of the owners loves to cook and she wanted a pleasant, informal place to be with the children. Originally, the kitchen was going to be a separate room, but during construction, the owners decided to sacrifice a powder room to make the kitchen bigger, and to open it right up to the rest of the family living areas."

The focus of the kitchen is a large, L-shaped island, which incorporates a bright orange quartz benchtop and a low walnut table top for casual dining.

"The owner loves colour and wanted to introduce a little pizazz. She didn't want anything too stuffy or formal, so we chose to experiment with pale yellow, orange and lime green mosaic tiles. These appear on the walls around the cooking centre and sink benchtops."

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For a quiet contrast, the splashback behind the cooktop and the front of the island are in stainless steel. The acrylic cabinets are a soft grey, which complements the Belladonna marble floor tiles.

To cater to the large household, there is an extra-large Sub-Zero refrigerator and an industrial-grade rangehood above the expansive cooktop.

First published date: 28 February 2014

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Credit List

Architect and interior designer Melanie Francis, Tow Francis (Singapore)
Kitchen designer Andrew Lim, Dream Interiors
Kitchen manufacturer Dream Interiors
Kitchen cabinetry Acrylic laminate and walnut veneer
Benchtops Caesarstone, Silestone
Splashback Glass mosaics from Unlimited Enterprises
Kitchen faucets Hansgrohe from Carera Bathroom
Oven Miele
Cooktop Wolf
Ventilation Qasair
Refrigeration Sub-Zero
Blinds Beauty Furnishings, Intelligent Window Systems