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Sculptural kitchen island with LED lighting

Contemporary kitchen with LED lighting. This sculptural kitchen island is lit by LED lighting behind a thermoformed solid surface base. Kitchen designer Mal Corboy discusses the detailing with Trends senior writer Colleen Hawkes. Kitchens within open-plan living spaces are often pared back so their more functional aspects don't intrude on the space. This kitchen takes the idea one step further. All the appliances are tucked out of sight in an adjoining scullery, leaving the island as the centrepiece, which is just what the owners ordered, says kitchen designer Mal Corboy. "The kitchen is an integral part of the living area in a new clifftop house designed by architect Lindsay Mackie of Archimedia," Corboy says. "The space is framed by travertine marble, and this set the scene for a dramatic island centrepiece. The owners specifically requested an island that would look as though it was floating." Corboy says he took his design cue from the waves in the ocean, which can be seen from most rooms in the house. "I played with the idea of using thermoformed solid surfacing to create the base of the island. After various experiments with the material, the final shape was chosen -- the arc of the wave-like form was designed to leave enough room for people to sit on bar stools at the counter." The designer says the base is illuminated from within, with multicoloured LED lighting able to transform the room. The lighting also enhances the sense of translucency, so the island appears to float. Solid surfacing forms the 8mm island top as well. This is inset with selected South African zebrano wood veneer at the sides, similar to the cabinetry veneer. The joins are mitred to create a seamless finish, and the veneer is bookmatched with the cabinetry on the inside of the island. "There is a lot of fine detail that helps to give the kitchen a very crisp, clean feel," Corboy says. "The rear cabinets, for example, are separated by a pencil line detail of solid surfacing material -- the benchtop appears to turn down on each side like a waterfall feature that abuts right up against the two tall cabinets." The designer says the fine white line breaks up the expanse of wood veneer, helping to define both the base cabinets and overhead units. A white colourbacked glass splashback heightens the sense of contrast. Read the full article at Video:


Polished stainless steel kitchen in this house with large stainless steel island & white cabinets

Contemporary stainless steel kitchen. Polished stainless steel forms the centerpiece of this contemporary kitchen – it includes a large island with an inverted pyramid tabletop. Trends senior writer Colleen Hawkes talks to designer Morgan Cronin about the design influences for this modern kitchen. Challenging locations often inspire the most innovative design solutions, as this project illustrates. Kitchen designer Morgan Cronin of Cronin Kitchens says the highly contemporary house features angled walls and spaces that inspired the design response. “It is also a very large area, and it was clear that the new cabinetry needed to fill the space – it had to be of a similar scale,” Cronin says. “And it’s look needed to fit with the rest of the home, which has a very retro-futuristic architectural style.” The designer took his cue from a wall of highly polished stainless steel cabinet doors and mirrored open shelving that the owners had already commissioned. He designed a large stainless steel island, which follows the line of the angled walls. The doors have a highly polished mirror finish, while the benchtop has a classic finish that is resistant to scratching. “To reduce the apparent size of the large benchtop, we slightly elevated an inverted pyramid stainless table top at one end,” Cronin says. “The stainless steel table top is 70mm thick on the edges, which gives it a suitably solid form to anchor this end of the island.” Because the island needed to be the focus of the kitchen, Cronin specified unobtrusive white lacquered perimeter cabinetry with a white Corian benchtop. “It was important to have a minimal number of different colours and materials in the kitchen, to retain the sense of drama created by the island,” he says. “Even the commercial vinyl flooring is white. And we tiled one entire wall in white – this is a continuation of the splashback. The tiles help to bounce light around the kitchen.” An integrated refrigerator-freezer is positioned next to the wall ovens, while the pantry is on the side wall. The pantry doors open up to reveal a benchtop, allowing the owners to prepare snacks without intruding on the main kitchen. “There are two integrated refrigerator drawers within the island as well, so the kitchen is well equipped for entertaining. It also has a seamless link to an alfresco dining area.” Read the full article at Video: