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Fancy cooking like a master chef?

International master chef Josh Emmet’s own workspace was the inspiration for this hand-crafted kitchen with refined cabinetry and surfaces 

Designed by Gunnar Friese, Hewe Architectural Cabinetry

A great design is nothing without great craftsmanship bringing it to reality – which requires excellent teamwork between designer and cabinetmakers.

Curved doors with matching timber grain and curved custom handle details call for a special set of manufacturing skills.

The aim was to create a warm and functional kitchen for the owner’s family. First inspiration was drawn from master chef Josh Emmet’s kitchen, which features warm timbers and benchtops.


However, after visiting the house in central Auckland, it became clear, that the new kitchen would have to have a tongue and groove pattern somewhere, as the existing house has tongue and groove details in entrance and living areas. The owner said that a bar area would also be nice.

During the concept design phase, the owner and I discovered we both love natural timbers and the colour green, says designer Gunnar Friese.

“I also love clean lines and integrated appliances. One of the challenges I set myself was making the fridge visually disappear – we actually turned the fridge cabinet into one of the features of this kitchen.”

The integrated Fisher and Paykel fridge is hiding between two tall cabinets with curved doors and only one custom handle detail with brass inlay running through horizontally.

The bench seat bordering the kitchen on the living room side, flows elegantly around the corner. Olive green squabs match the green scullery fronts.

For a family kitchen only hard-wearing work surfaces should be considered. Sensa Taj Mahal stone from Cosentino was not only chosen for its beauty but because of its protective coating making the natural stone very hard wearing.

It also goes perfectly with the white and timber cabinetry.

“We were set on the stone choice from the very beginning of the project and it turned out to be an absolute stunner,” says Friese.

Credit list

Kitchen designer
Cabinetry hardware
Blum Legrabox drawers and Blum hardware
Flooring
Stained matai timber
Kitchen sink
Blanco Subline
Oven
Bosch baking and combi oven with warmer drawer
Ventilation
Award rangehood from Harvey Norman
Dishwasher
Asko (existing)
Wine fridge
Liebherr, from Harvey Norman
Cabinetry
Hewe custom Cabinetry, painted MDF and white washed oak veneer fronts
Benchtops and splashback
Sensa Taj Mahal by Cosentino installed by Stone by Design
Lighting
Prolux lighting over island and Prolux pendants over dining, from Vitrine
Taps
Zenith
Cooktop
Gaggenau, from Harvey Norman
Refrigeration
Fisher & Paykel, from Harvey Norman
Water dispenser
Zenith Hydrotap
Awards
Trends International Design Awards (Trends) Kitchens – Highly Commended

Designed by: Hewe Architectural Cabinetry

Story by: Trends International Design Awards

Photography by: Jamie Cobel

20 Jun, 2021