Coastal classic

The material palette in this beach house kitchen reflects the natural surroundings. It includes a large CaesarStone island benchtop
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A view of this kitchen featuring laminex caeserstone benchtops, chocolate stained oak cainetry, stainless steel kitchen appliances, polished concrete flooring

Modern beach house kitchens are likely to be just as well equipped as a high-end city apartment. But the surrounding environment often dictates a softer, more natural material palette.

When planning the kitchen for this new Omaha beach house, award-winning designer Mal Corboy specified materials that would meet the clients' requirements for a contemporary kitchen with some classical elements.

To achieve this, Corboy mixed a rich chocolate-stained oak veneer with white lacquered cabinetry and a sleek CaesarStone benchtop in the colour Snow.


A view of this kitchen featuring laminex caeserstone cabinetry, countertop, cuisine classique, interior design, kitchen, real estate, room, gray
A view of this kitchen featuring laminex caeserstone benchtops, chocolate stained oak cainetry, stainless steel kitchen appliances, polished concrete flooring

"The oak veneer runs across the drawer units, down the sides of the cabinets and along the toe-kicks, effectively framing the cabinetry," says Corboy. "It provides a visual warmth that is appropriate for the natural setting. But at the same time, it was important to introduce sleek elements in keeping with the architecture, hence the design of the CaesarStone benchtop."

Corboy says CaesarStone's practical benefits were another determining factor.

"I will only specify products that have a solid reputation," he says. "CaesarStone is a particularly hard, durable material."

A view of this kitchen featuring laminex caeserstone ceiling, countertop, cuisine classique, interior design, kitchen, real estate, room, table, gray
A view of this kitchen featuring laminex caeserstone benchtops, chocolate stained oak cainetry, stainless steel kitchen appliances, polished concrete flooring

CaesarStone is an engineered stone product comprising 94% natural quartz aggregates hence its durability. The hardness of quartz also makes CaesarStone benchtops highly resistant to chips and scratches, and impervious to stains.

For details, contact The Laminex Group, phone 0800 303 606. Or visit the websites: www.thelaminexgroup.co.nz and www.malcorboydesign.co.nz.

Aug 13, 2007
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