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With its bar-style counter and sleek, contemporary design, this kitchen puts a whole new spin on home entertaining
Story by: Colleen Hawkes Photography by: Kenneth Lim
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Kitchens play an increasing role in our social lives today. No longer the sole realm of the cook, they have become a focus for entertaining and this is reflected in their design.

This new kitchen is part of the major remodelling of a 30-year-old hillside bungalow belonging to interior designer James Yong of Interlink Design.

Yong says walls were removed to open up the space, including a wall between two large structural columns. Removing this wall created space for a long bar-style counter, which continues out the far side of the kitchen.


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"Wrapping the columns in tulip wood veneer was a way to disguise them," the designer says. "It was also a way to introduce strong vertical forms that help to anchor the kitchen-bar area and balance the more horizontal elements."

The overall space has a sleek, monochromatic look. Yong says he used wood to add visual warmth, as well as indirect mood lighting in the form of two long translucent strips on the ceiling, which provide a golden glow.

The kitchen pairs white Corian benchtops with matching white high gloss cabinets. These have recessed handles to reinforce the clean uncluttered look. The white is contrasted by gleaming Black Marquina floor tiles enlivened with streaks of white.

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"Wherever possible, we have laid the marble so the grain appears continuous," says Yong. "The flooring continues in the living area, which is a step down from the dining-kitchen platform."

To further enhance the semi-industrial bar aesthetic, there is a suspended steel shelving unit above the long benchtop, and the cabinetry has aluminium toekicks.

Yong says the cooking centre is positioned on the far side of the bar area, and is designed for Western-style cooking. As with most Malaysian homes, there is a separate semi-outdoor wet kitchen for preparing local dishes.

Feb 08, 2011

Credit list

Windows
The Aluminium Technology
Flooring
Black Marquina marble
Timber veneer
Tulip wood from Cantolli
Benchtops and splashback
Corian from TSI Marketing
Taps
Foster & Blanco
Ventilation
Electrolux
Dishwasher
Siemens
Awards
IDA Awards 2009 Silver Award
Door hardware
Iseo Italy from MTB Global
Lighting
Flos from Vluz Concept
Cabinetry
White lacquer
Sink
Foster
Range
Smeg
Refrigeration
Amana
Furniture
Xtra Furniture; Space Furniture
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