Clean platter home with simple, strong palette by designer and homeowner Melvyn Kanny,

This kitchen, by Melvyn Kanny, connects seamlessly to the home

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The use of off-form concrete for the walls and ceiling in this house, together with the countertop of the island, ties the design of the kitchen to the architecture. Glazed cabinetry, an industrial-style wine cooler, and suspended wine glasses give the island a bar-like appearance. The architect was Melvyn Kanny.

Connecting a kitchen to its surroundings is a balancing act. On the one hand you want the workspace to appear as part of the living areas; on the other, the kitchen is often the hub of the home, so deserves a little limelight of its own.

In this kitchen, created by designer and homeowner Melvyn Kanny, what you see is only half the story. Through a door to the rear lies the wet kitchen, used for Asian-style food preparation and cooking. The dry kitchen, for Western-style meals, is intended to meld with the surrounding open-plan, double-height living spaces, says Kanny.

"The contemporary home has an emphasis on green design and is built from sustainable pre-formed concrete. The kitchen island is also in concrete, for a visual and textural connection. In fact, its simple shape and waterfall end echo the linear forms of the house."

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A double-height volume and exposed concrete formwork house give this house an industrial loft-like ambience. The design is by architect Melvyn Kann.

With gray the predominant hue, there are several colorful counterpoints through the home. The internally illuminated swimming pool is one, and the mandarin orange cabinetry and accompanying ruby-red bar stools and adjacent dining chairs provide others.

"Lighting also plays a pivotal role," says Kanny. "Internal lights on the frosted glass cabinets on the island, and cove ceiling lights throw additional illumination into the room. Together with the pool lighting, these give the space a different character at night for example, the cove lights refract through the wine glasses hanging below."

The kitchen also melds with the dining area, in the sense that it presents a servery or bar-like appearance, a result of the glazed cabinetry, the industrial-style wine cooler, and the suspended wine glasses.

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View of the plans for the kitchen.

"In keeping with the green agenda, most materials are VOC-free, such as the cabinetry carcasses, or recycled, such as the black basalt flooring," Kanny says.

Credit list

Architect, kitchen designer
Window and door hardware
Off-form concrete
Skim-coat finish
Oven, refrigeration
Kitchen manufacturer
MDF, spray painted
Basalt stone
Tong Ging Lighting
Wine cooler

Story by: Trendsideas

19 Dec, 2013

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