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An eclectic choice of materials helps create the ambience of a bygone era in this kitchen


Clean lines remain but the trend towards tradition sees the return of visually softer materials such as wood, schist and other natural surfaces. The eclectic mix of industrial and organic materials chosen for this kitchen reflects the personality of its location.

Architect Kerry Avery of Avery Team Architecture says the choice of natural woods, steel, granite and stone imparts a realness appropriate to the rugged surrounding terrain.

"The home enjoys the morning sun and a spectacular view of Lake Wakatipu. I wanted to bring external elements indoors and integrate the design with the view. The home's exterior utilises natural materials. The mix of materials used evokes memories of the Central Otago gold rush days," says Avery. "The clients had a strong desire to capture traditional architectural qualities."

The result is a classic gabled house with elements of a typical lodge, an alpine chalet and a New Zealand bungalow.

The kitchen is the centre-piece of the home's open plan living environment. Integration of the kitchen and living room has been achieved by wrapping the cabinetry around a shared corner. This strengthens the functionality of the kitchen without encroaching on the openness of the overall living area, says the architect.


The island is the key organising element. It acts as a natural gathering point when entertaining and encourages guests to linger while their hosts prepare meals.

Structural steel, usually found in industrial settings, frames an extremely heavy, solid jarrah-topped island. The intensity of steel has been softened with a durable three-coat paint finish, usually found on cars.

"The island, the cabinet doors, and the stone and schist feature a metallic lacquer, finish, which adds sparkle," says Avery.

The island is illuminated by six multi-directional spot lights, attached to a mesh grid suspended above. Sourced from a quarry, the grid is reminiscent of a chef's utensil rack and complements the kitchen's industrial accents.

Stainless steel legs on the island relate to the stainless steel appliances, and contribute to the room's sense of space.

The use of timber and colour add visual interest.

A red-tiled splashback ties the ruddy hues of the jarrah cabinets together, creating impact and cohesion. Greys and blacks found in the cabinetry echo the tones of the schist feature pillar.

The kitchen anchors an exposed macrocarpa beam and pine sarked ceiling, that Avery describes as too good to stain.

First published date: 18 February 2005

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Credit List

Architect Kerry Avery NZIA, AIA, Avery Team Architecture Ltd.
Main contractor Stewart Joinery, NKBA, Registered Master Joiners Federation
Oven Ilve
Rangehood Bosch
Fridge Westinghouse
Microwave Whirlpool
Dishwasher Fisher & Paykel DishDrawer
Waste unit In-Sink-Erator
Splashback and feature tiles Middle Earth Jasper Red ceramic tiles from Roberts Heritage
Bench and bookshelf bench Star Galaxy granite
Drawers and doors Mirotone Mirobild
Non-exposed carcase and shelves Melteca Oyster
Toe kick Laminex Espresso
Drawer slides and door hinges Scott Grass
Door handles Hafele brushed stainless steel
Floor tiles Oasis Honed Azul from Design Source