Compact family kitchen with sliding glass doors that separate the work zones

Modern kitchen by Leon House features white stone tops, limed oak veneer and contrasting black cabinets

This kitchen by designer Leon House features suspended countertop, interior design, kitchen, real estate, white
This kitchen by designer Leon House features suspended sliding glass panels that can be pulled across to screen out cooking clutter. in the work zone behind

So the family is large and everyone loves to cook the best way to design for multiple chefs is to introduce multiple work zones.

Here, designer Leon House had the advantage of designing the whole home giving him free rein on the kitchen layout.

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Glass, wood veneer, and dark lacquered surfaces all come together in this balanced kitchen by Leon House Design.

The kitchen is at the heart of the living area, so has to work well with its surroundings, and always look its best, says House.

"I designed the kitchen in three tiers. The front island, complete with bar fridge, is used for snacking and serving. Behind this, the second island with cooktop is for cooking and cleaning, and behind this again there's a prep bench and cabinetry, with a bank of pantry storage to the right."

In this kitchen design, the on-show surfaces of ceiling, dining room, furniture, interior design, living room, table, white, black
In this kitchen design, the on-show surfaces of limed oak, textured white Caesarstone, and black lacquer all complement the decor in the wider living space.

Two sliding glass doors can be drawn across the middle island screening mess from visitors, and also from other family members when they are using the kitchen.

"Tonally, the black rear cabinets and fridge offer a strong backdrop, contrasting the white, textured stone benches which in turn complement the limed oak surfaces," says House. "The predominantly pale palette works with the decor and river views."

Credit list

Leon House, Leon House Design
Caesarstone by Metro Marble & Stone
Timber veneer by Hafele
Stone by Bernini
Kitchen sink
Oven and cooktop
Sub-Zero, Fisher & Paykel, Vintec

Story by: Charles Moxham

Photography by: Peter Ellery

04 May, 2016

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