Fine balance

As part of a greater space, this kitchen is well suited to family gatherings but can also cater to a bustling party
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In a large home, the kitchen has to be all things to all situations. In the morning it might be the location of a hurried family breakfast. At midday it might be used to prepare and serve a casual lunch for friends, and when evening rolls round and the party caterers arrive, its function may change again.

This kitchen is a good example. As part of a large family home, it needed to fulfil a variety of functions and is designed to be a multi-purpose space," says Michael Munckton of Rosenthal, Munckton and Shields.

"On one hand it provides an intimate family breakfasting area, with seating and everything close at hand," Munckton says. "However, the family also enjoys entertaining so the space is laid out to allow five meals or 30 to be served out of the kitchen."


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The kitchen has two ovens, for example, situated at opposite ends of the kitchen, and a large walk-in pantry. There are three sinks: one on the island, the second on the opposite bench, and the third in the pantry.

"Storage was an important part of the kitchen's multi-functional make-up," he says. "There is a place for everything, with drawers and cupboards offering niche storage options throughout. There are even drawers in the island.

"The kitchen forms part of an American Georgian home and furniture-like solid wood cabinetry blends with the greater living area," says Munckton. "Elements such as decorative display niches, a traditional open dresser, and pilasters all contribute to this look."

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To further blend the kitchen with the living area, dishwashers, a large refrigerator and even the oven exhaust system are integrated into the panelling. Decorative tilework above the oven provides another traditional element.

"However, a few contemporary elements provide a subtle counterpoint to the overall traditional effect," says the architect. "The ovens and hob are in stainless steel and the cabinetry handles are also metal."

The kitchen is finished in muddied tones to augment the traditional feel and avoid standing out. The faded colour also provides an effective contrast to the kitchen's touches of stainless steel.

Feb 18, 2005

Credit list

Interior designer
Riddell Marly
Kitchen cabinetry
Focal Kitchens
Joinery
Design Sense
Flooring
Timber flooring from Amerind
Lighting
Richmond Lighting
Benchtops
Granite from Amalgamated Stone
Sink and taps
Roger Seller
Stove
Gaggenau
Microwave
Gaggenau
Dishwasher
Miele
Kitchen designer
Focal Kitchens
Main contractor
Wilson Construction
Tiling
The City Tiler
Wallcoverings
Paint and wallpaper from Dulux
Heating
Carrier from Innes-Irons Heating and Cooling
Splashback
Tiles from The City Tiler
Oven
Gaggenau
Ventilation
Custom made
Refrigerator
Americana
Waste unit
In-Sink-Erator
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