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With a main kitchen that's open to the living area and a second kitchen where messy preparation can take place, style and practicality are both maintained

Kitchen apartment designed by Susanne Zeidler. It has ceiling, countertop, furniture, home, interior design, kitchen, light fixture, lighting, room, table, under cabinet lighting, brown, black
Kitchen apartment designed by Susanne Zeidler. It has grey walls and beige cabinetry which provide a neutral background for the purple benchtop. Pendant lighting over the bar, mosaic tiles for backsplash and tile flooring. Kitchen have refrigerator, cooktop and hood, sink and faucetry.

A kitchen that's strewn with the aftermath of meal preparation doesn't exactly enhance the look of an open-plan living space.

In this new apartment, the problem has been resolved by including two adjoining kitchens in the plan.

The main kitchen is part of the open-plan living and dining area, separated only by a three-quarter height bar counter. A wet kitchen, where messier preparation can be done away from the living room, opens off the back of the main kitchen.

The kitchen's designer, Susanne Zeidler of ZLG, says because the main kitchen is open to the living area, both these areas feel larger and more spacious.

"This also allows the cook to do last-minute preparations without being isolated from guests," she says.


Apartment's kitchen where the colors in the kitchen ceiling, flooring, home, interior design, living room, real estate, room, brown
Apartment's kitchen where the colors in the kitchen tone in with the rest of the apartment's decor. Purple benchtop separates the kitchen and dining areas with pendant lighting hanging over it. Large mirror mounted on the wall in the dining area. Dining room with table, chairs and lighting over it. Tile flooring.

"And the second kitchen means messy and oily cooking can be done out of view," she says.

The wet kitchen also provides a link between the main kitchen and a balcony, which can be accessed from the living area as well.

"This connection means when the owners entertain guests on the balcony, they can serve food directly from the kitchen without having to pass through the living room," says the designer.

A visual connection between the main kitchen and living room is established by the repetition of colour and design elements in both spaces as well as throughout the whole apartment.

Several shades of purple feature in the furnishings. Both the high bench between the kitchen and dining room and the benchtop in the kitchen are finished in a dark purple laminate. Storage cubes on the walls are spray painted in a lighter shade of purple.

View of this contemporary kitchen cabinetry, countertop, furniture, interior design, kitchen, room, shelf, shelving, brown, gray
View of this contemporary kitchen

The same boxes, hung in a diamond shape, appear in other rooms, helping to create a sense of cohesion in the apartment.

To help make the purple benchtop a focus of the design, the rest of the cabinetry in the kitchen is spray painted beige and the walls are painted a light shade of grey.

Susanne Zeidler has developed a strong horizontal design element in the kitchen by using drawers in preference to cupboards for storage. Where tall cabinetry was necessary, beside the refrigerator, and on the cupboards below the hob, the doors have been etched at regular intervals with horizontal shadow gaps.

In contrast, the splashback behind the hob is covered with small, randomly placed, mosaic tiles in several shades of grey.

"This throws in an unexpected element and adds drama and interest to the kitchen," says the designer.

Story by: Trendsideas

24 Aug, 2003