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Large kitchen design for entertaining includes scullery with second working kitchen and a cool store

Read the full article at: http://trendsideas.com/search/46091 Contemporary kitchen with long island and adjoining table, Corian cabinets, fully equipped scullery and coolroom, by Leon House Entertaining on a small or a grand scale is a whole lot easier when everything flows smoothly and there’s ample space for food preparation and serving. Designer Leon House, who was asked to redesign this kitchen and living area in an ’80s house, says the owner enjoys being in the kitchen and loves to entertain. “The original kitchen had no scullery and was rather dated, but there was plenty of space to try something new,” House says. “We experimented with a range of options, eventually settling on a layered approach, with a front-of-house kitchen and a second fully equipped working kitchen and coolroom behind.” The designer says the owner also loves design and took a very hands-on role in the project. “He is well travelled, and the kitchen needed to be of an international standard – the term Hollywood sophistication was used. But at the same time, it needed to be a fun place to entertain.” High-end materials reflect the design brief. Solid Romano Italian travertine features on the entire floor throughout the living area, and wraps up the front of the long island. It is teamed with white Corian cabinets and a textural charcoal stone on the island. This was flamed and brushed to contrast the sleek finish of the Corian. Benchtops are in Caesarstone Snow. “It was important to keep the finishes quiet,” says the designer. “We dismissed many samples as too loud or too busy.” The attention to detail extends to the insides of the cabinets, which have a light silver-coloured interior. Functionality is a given – House says although the front kitchen is fully equipped, virtually all the food preparation takes place in the matching second kitchen. This has three ovens, a series of cooktops, two sinks and refrigerators. Video: http://trendsideas.com/search/46099

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This bold, contemporary kitchen presents tonal and graphic links to a popular Asian icon

Read the full article at: http://trendsideas.com/search/46641 Often a kitchen design is not so much about the individual elements, but rather about how they come together – this is particularly true of the material and colour palette. This sleek kitchen in a riverside apartment replaces a 20-year-old work space that had suffered from poor connections to the views and adjoining spaces. Designer Kim Duffin removed walls to improve the outlooks from all areas, the kitchen included. “The owners had spent the past 10 years in Europe and Asia and wanted an Oriental influence in the new design,” says Duffin. “To achieve this, I designed a custom glass splashback with a bamboo motif. This was laid as two panels, with the shelving and rangehood positioned afterwards. However, to prevent the bamboo green colour from taking over, the splashback evokes these fast-growing, iconic plants in silhouette, while the raised cabinet on the island introduces the appropriate tone. “The green appears again as a shadowline beneath the benchtops.” Contrast as well as connection features in the design. The green sets off the metallic blue of the perimeter and island base cabinetry. At the same time, both colours work with the wood floors and metal appliances. The painted surfaces also offer a play of contrasting finishes; one being a lustrous metallic, the other matt. A slender aluminium detail line runs across the top of the splashback and through the side wall of cabinetry above the refrigerator, offering another linear linking element. These clean, crisp architectural details are echoed in the brushed stainless steel toekick. “In terms of functionality, the galley-style layout allows the island to be used as a buffet for the nearby living spaces,” says Duffin. “ The long island has a conveniently located wine cabinet at one end, and the raised front cabinet is home to plates and glassware. “One of the owners has restricted movement, so we were asked to set the oversized oven high on the side wall, with an integrated microwave directly above. Everything is in easy reach. In addition, all the cabinetry latches are touch-to-open or electronic, again for ease of use by the owner. The handleless look perfectly suits the contemporary aesthetic.” A new dropped ceiling was an integral part of the project. Custom designed by Duffin, this helps define the work space visually and at the same time contributes to its functionality. “In a concrete apartment tower you are often restricted by solid, immovable ceilings that leave no room for services,” says the designer. “Introducing this feature provided an easy way to run air conditioning through the kitchen to central vents. It also provided space for the wiring for task lighting over the work areas.” No longer separate rooms, the open-plan kitchen and adjacent living and dining areas are now ideally set up for entertaining. They also provide unrestricted park and river views. Video: http://trendsideas.com/search/46642

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Award winning Poggenpohl kitchen with black backsplash makes the most of limited natural light

Read the full article at: http://trendsideas.com/search/46293 How a kitchen was designed to work within existing fixed elements and limited natural light. Trends editorial director Paul Taylor looks at Poggenpohl’s winning entry in the Trends International Design Awards. Modern kitchen design by Poggenpohl has black backsplash and green and pine cabinets. A good designer doesn’t see the constraints a project might have as being a problem. Instead, they’re just the springboard for some outside the square thinking. The kitchen we’re looking at here had two main issues to resolve – it had to work within existing fixed elements and had limited natural light. The kitchen area is actually dug into a hillside, so was potentially in quite a dark space, despite the existing skylights. Instead of using pale tones to try and lighten the space, interior design consultant Lara Farmilo installed a black .. back-painted .. splashback … and extended it around the walls. The effect is to reflect natural light through the space .. while at the same time complementing the pine and green cabinets. The design uses Poggenpohl Segmento, which was tweaked to allow for an existing stairwell. Plus, one innovative approach that came out of the constraints ..was to put services and plumbing into the toekick. Elevating and suspending the cabinet units under the cooktop gives the cooking area some prominence … while the tall units are set at different heights to accommodate differing ceiling levels above. The overall design impressed the judges of the 2015 Trends International Design Awards so much that they named it the winner of the New Zealand Imported kitchen category. Video: http://trendsideas.com/search/46297

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Award winning U shape kitchen with stainless steel countertops and cabinets

Read the full article at: http://trendsideas.com/search/46276 Not only is this kitchen highly functional, it also connects seamlessly to adjacent areas of the home. Trends editorial director Paul Taylor looks at this Trends International Design Award winner by Strachan Group Architects. Kitchen with semi-industrial look, stainless steel, birch timber, exposed wood and steel beams, open to courtyard. Heart of the Home has become term to describe the importance we give to our kitchens these days. But it’s not often that the term applies to the extent we can see in this kitchen – which really feels like it’s in a command central position. It’s in new home by Dave Strachan of Strachan Group Architects, who worked on the design alongside owner-architect Rachel Rush. With views in one direction and an outdoor entertaining area in the other, the kitchen was designed to take advantage of both. There are garden and distant sea views from the sink on one side, and on the opposite side the kitchen connects seamlessly to a barbecue patio. The kitchen’s U-shape gives it a very functional layout. Plus it’s designed to be highly organized, with a place allocated for everything from everyday utensils to miscellaneous items that are only used occasionally. The owners also wanted a commercial feel. And this is apparent in the stainless steel cabinetry and benchtops and a stainless steel shelf above the cooktop that incorporates the rangehood and pot rack. It’s an aesthetic that fits perfectly with the semi-industrial look created by exposed timber joists .. and blackened steel beams .. in the adjacent living area. So much so, that this kitchen was judged the best New Zealand Architect-designed kitchen in the 2015 Trends International Design Awards. Video: http://trendsideas.com/search/46278

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