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Kitchen designed to reflect city and harbour views

Back-painted glass cabinetry, splashback and benchtops reflect the views, while the Smeg Linea ovens and a Smeg gas hob provide the perfect complement in this kitchen

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The black glass kitchen surfaces complement the transparent Philippe Starck Ghost chairs and acrylic pendants, and provide a contrast with the refinished existing wood floors.

Close reflection goes into every great kitchen design but this project took the concept literally. The owners wanted a black, high-gloss kitchen that would reflect the home's beautiful harbour and city views, says designer Damian Hannah.

"To achieve this, we created the cabinetry, splashback and benchtops in almost mirror-finish black back-painted glass. An all black kitchen can be overpowering so we added aluminium recessed cabinet handles and matching brushed aluminium toekicks to soften the black."

While the shiny black surfaces command attention, this kitchen is also highly functional.


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Inside out this kitchen sits directly opposite stacker doors opening to a barbecue deck, making the indoors and outdoors one.

"We set the two Linea Smeg ovens side by side at the owners' request as they didn't really want a stacked effect in the galley kitchen. We then added the beautiful Smeg four-in-a-row gas hob, with its classic raised trivets, alongside."

Hannah says that installing the delicate glass benchtop can be unforgiving so being able to position the slender hob effortlessly in the rear bench with minimal cutting was a major bonus.

And the designer specified the Smeg double sink in the island for similar reasons. The sink is in the same slender proportions as the hob and as such provides a pleasing symmetrical link. In addition, the sink has a mixer and air switch built into the central stainless steel partition so it's easy to use and again avoided the potential to compromise the glass by cutting holes into it.

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This kitchens black, reflective cabinetry runs on into the next room too, blurring the lines between kitchen and living spaces.

"The recessed aluminium strip handles and toekicks ideally complement the matt stainless steel accent strips on the Linea appliances."

For detailed information on the Smeg Linea Collection, visit the web: www.smeg.co.nz

Story by: Damian Hannah

08 Sep, 2016

Damian Hannah is a highly qualified, award-winning kitchen designer who owns and manages German Kitchens Limited in Wellington


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