East meets West minimalist Japanese remodelled kitchen by Darren James

Minimalist Japanese remodelled kitchen by Darren James
Story by: Colleen Hawkes
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Wood floors. Natural tones. Japanese inspiration. Remodelled kitchen. Contemporary look. Designer Darren James. Suspended ceiling, LED perimeter lighting.Quartz Stone bar. Engineered stone bench top. Stainless Steel perimeter bench.Butlers pantry with shoji-style sliding doors with timber veneer and rice-paper glass.

Pared-back interiors with simple, sleek lines may spell contemporary design for many homeowners, but the concept has been part of Japanese home interiors for hundreds of years.

It's an aesthetic that is equally well suited to modern households, providing a calming influence that's the perfect antidote to the pressures of city living.

Darren James, the designer of this remodelled kitchen, says the owners wanted an interior design that would make a statement about who they are.

"For the young family of four, this meant creating a simple, relaxing and functional kitchen environment that paid respect to their Japanese heritage and also echoed their love of contemporary Japanese design," James says.


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Wood floors. Natural tones. Japanese inspiration. Remodelled kitchen. Contemporary look. Designer Darren James. Suspended ceiling, LED perimeter lighting.Quartz Stone bar. Engineered stone bench top. Stainless Steel perimeter bench.

"Minimalism, simplicity, space and order are the principles at the heart of Japanese design. Beauty lies in the way the separate simple, functional elements are combined to create an harmonious whole. Incorporating these principles into the kitchen design for this project was an exercise in control and attention to detail."

James says imparting a sense of calm and providing freedom of movement meant there needed to be an unmistakable feeling of space.

"An open galley-style design ensures the interior is not overloaded. Recessed toekicks and an 80mm cantilevered stone benchtop on the island allow the cabinetry elements to breathe visually the space surrounding these objects is just as important as the cabinets themselves."

James says contrasting colours and textures, which reference the yin and yang philosophy in Asian culture were also a consideration. The island's engineered stone benchtop has a textural surface, which forms a contrast with the sleek stainless steel of the perimeter bench and the Staron surface of the rest of the island.

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Wood floors. Natural tones. Japanese inspiration. Remodelled kitchen. Contemporary look. Designer Darren James. Refrigerator and storage cabinets concealed in butlers pantry with shoji-style sliding doors with timber veneer and rice-paper glass.

"These workstation benchtops are highly practical, and being thin, they have a calming aesthetic. This is enhanced by flush doors and drawers, and recessed handles on the lacquered cabinets."

To help keep the kitchen uncluttered, the refrigerator and storage cabinets are concealed in a butler's pantry behind sliding shoji-style doors featuring timber veneer and rice-paper glass. Horizontal strips of wood on the doors are another Japanese reference, echoed by the light pendants. These are suspended from a lowered ceiling element with LED lighting that helps define the kitchen within the overall living area.

Sep 06, 2011

Credit list

Kitchen manufacturer
Interiors by Darren James
Benchtops
Staron in Sanded Chestnut; stainless steel; Jaipur Vanilla granite from Stone Italia
Sink
Abey Cubo
Lighting
Moxie Linear chandeliers from Custom Lighting
Ventilation
Qasair
Cabinetry
Porters Donkey Grey high-gloss lacquer
Splashback
Mirrormax
Taps
Franke
Oven and cooktop
Electrolux
Dishwasher
Miele
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