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This pared-back kitchen's setting means it has to look good from several angles, including from an adjacent beachfront

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Designing a new kitchen presents the opportunity to create a cooking space with a distinctive ambience. However, nothing stands alone and it's important to think carefully about how the kitchen will look from outdoors, from adjoining living areas – and from within the space itself.

This kitchen, comprised of pared-back, geometric forms, looks good from a variety of angles, says designer Robert Bayly.

"Essentially, the kitchen is on general display, being visible from the living and dining areas, and from the beach outside," says Bayly. "As a result, the design has a definite furniture-like quality. To further disguise the functionality of the space, we used an inverted U shape, seen on the rear perimeter cabinetry housing the refrigerator, on the central island and on the element holding the coffee maker."

The upended U shape is echoed by other pieces in the space, but finished in different tones for visual variety.

Besides the kitchen's abstract look, as seen from the living spaces, elements such as the glass-fronted upper cabinetry also relate to the proportions of the home's exterior window frames.

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"With so many people passing by and glancing into the home, it made sense to consider the impression from outside," says Bayly. "But we designed some elements to be appreciated from within the kitchen too, such as the oversized butler's sink and a purified water dispenser – both items are unusual and playful."

First published date: 23 February 2009

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Kitchen design and interior design Robert Bayly, HIA, KBDI, Robert Bayly Design (Adelaide, SA)
Kitchen manufacturer Jag Kitchens
Cabinetry Duropal Crystal White with finesse edging and metallic two-pac accents
Benchtops Antarctica Corian raised benchtops; Glacier White Corian slab lower benchtops
Oven Miele
Cooktop Miele induction
Ventilation Miele island canopy
Refrigeration Liebherr Sub-Zero twin
Dishwasher Miele, fully integrated
Waste disposal InSinkErator
Water dispenser Franke
Coffee machine Miele Nespresso
Sink Custom designed by Robert Bayly, manufactured by Allshapes Metal Products
Taps Gessi Oxygene Hi-tech sink mixers
Splashback Classic white
Flooring Blackbutt from Ambro Timber Products
Blinds Sunscreen roller blinds by Bailey Blinds
Lighting Low-voltage downlights
Furniture Luminati Ambro dining chair in timber and acrylic; Luminati table by Ambro in solid blackbutt and acrylic