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TIDA NZ 2017 – Designer kitchen winner – Kitchens By Design

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The winner of the TIDA NZ 2017 designer kitchen award

TIDA NZ – Designer kitchen award winner – Kitchens By Design


Kitchens By Design

From designer Shane George:
This kitchen was designed for a beautiful and authentically styled Italian country villa. The original kitchen lacked the functionality that was now required by the family, and it was starting to show its age. I was asked asked for an aesthetic that was more up-to-date, while still being sympathetic to the house style, with an added wow factor!

My clients regularly entertain large groups, so they needed a kitchen that had an excellent work flow – almost semi-commercial in nature. But it also needed to feel intimate and welcoming when it was just the family.

They were quite specific about some aspects of their new kitchen, and provided detailed lists of items that needed to be stored and the way the space should be used. They also gave me an extensive list of appliances, including three fridges, two dishwashers, two trash compactors, four ovens, a cooking hob, a plumbed-in coffee machine, and boiling water tap.

This was a large and complex kitchen to conceive and design, and great deal of time was spent on interpreting the brief and transferring that information into the working drawings.


There were also specific design challenges to overcome, not least of which were that the walls, floor and ceiling are solid masonry. Nothing could be put into the walls, so new mechanical services had to be integrated into the back of the cabinetry, including future-proofing.

All this was overlaid with a rich palate of materials, fixtures and finishes.

First published date: 11 May 2017

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