Cappuccino per favore

With its mirrored wall, display shelving and colourful glass splashback, this kitchen has both the aesthetics and functionality of a vibrant city cafe

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View of the outdoor entertaining area which features outdoor cooking equipment, orange-coloured splashback, cedar table with chairs, decking.

To create a kitchen for a family that loves to entertain, the designer of this new house took her cue from catering professionals she designed a cafe-style kitchen complete with coffee machine, mirrored walls and display shelving.

Sally Anderson of Saaj Design says the importance of the kitchen to the family's lifestyle could not be underestimated.

"The kitchen is very much the pivotal point of the house," she says. "Both parents like to cook and the family constantly entertains, both indoors and out. The design needed to provide enough space for more than one person to work in the kitchen at the same time. The visual aspect was also important given the open-plan layout of the house the kitchen needed to be part of a fun environment where people could relax with good food and wine."

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View of the scullery which features shelving, refrigeration, cabinetry and timber flooring.

Central to the design is a bronze-tinted mirrored wall inlaid with dark-stained cedar battens, which splay out in key areas to form curved shelves. The wall is also highlighted by a vibrant burnt orange colour-backed glass splashback the orange reappears as an accent colour in the living area. CaesarStone benchtops and a matching shelf further enhance the kitchen's strong horizontal lines.

"The design effectively takes the kitchen to another level," says Anderson. "It becomes more like a cafe than a family kitchen. For this reason also, additional storage, food preparation areas and the refrigerators are located in a scullery that can be closed off by cavity sliders. The coffee machine, however, is off to one side of the kitchen for easy access."

Anderson says the mirrored wall and glass splashback make the entire area appear more spacious. They also reflect the bush landscape, enhancing the indoor-outdoor link, which was another key consideration. This connection is further reinforced by an extension of the benchtops and splashback beyond the kitchen wall onto the deck.

View of a cafe-styled kitchen which features CaesarStone cabinetry, countertop, interior design, kitchen, room, brown
View of a cafe-styled kitchen which features CaesarStone benchtops, wood-grain laminate cabinetry, dark-stained cedar shelving, appliances, bright orange glass splashback and lighting.

"The kitchen flows directly outdoors where we have installed commercial barbecue facilities," Anderson says.

When opened, large concertina doors stack against the walls, framing the kitchen. Similarly, a lowered ceiling and white wall wrap the space to focus attention on the kitchen and the island centrepiece.

"The island is designed as a piece of furniture rather than a cabinet," says Anderson. "To enhance this effect, the woodgrain laminate, which is laid vertically on the rear cabinets, is horizontal, and there is no hardware in sight."

Credit list

Kitchen manufacturer
Becker Building;
Wilson and Bradley
CaesarStone Nimbus and colour-backed glass
Range and ventilation
Fisher & Paykel DishDrawers
Outdoor furniture
Cedar table by East India Trading
Laminex Palisander
CaesarStone Nimbus
Dark-stained cedar
Inlite from Pierlite
Bar stools
Image Interiors
Mareno commercial

Story by: Trendsideas

28 Aug, 2009