Based on this concept, which was driven by the owner and typical of a resort, Kira Gray designed a feature ‘bar-kitchen’ as the focal point of the open-plan, indoor-outdoor living- entertaining zone at the rear of the home.
Behind this space, she introduced a full kitchen workzone, which with slatted ceiling-mounted screen drawn all but disappears from sight.
“To front the combined bar-family kitchen, we designed a sculptural island that serves both areas,” says Gray.
However, there are demarcations between the bar zone and front-of-kitchen hangout area.
The long island is in American white oak with negative detailing. But while the chunky, raised bar counter is in the same warm wood, the kitchen benchtop is in slender engineered stone.
On the bar side, an ice maker, kegorator, beverage fridges, and ample bottle and glasses storage is all to hand along the back wall. On the kitchen side, there are small appliances, plate storage, a dishwasher, sink and servery.
“We introduced textural tiles and a mirrored splashback for added depth and reflection, while the American white oak cabinetry veneers blend with the floor and striking timber beams,” says Gray.
“The light-toned paint and stone benchtop add a softening aspect to the design.”