Layered effect

Four different benchtop materials, framed by LED lights and combined with Smeg appliances, give this kitchen a dramatic look, particularly at night
Interior view of this contemporary kitchen featuring LED countertop, home appliance, interior design, kitchen, product design, gray, black
Interior view of this contemporary kitchen featuring LED lights around the benchtop

Taking a fresh approach to lighting design is often a successful way to add interest to a kitchen, especially when the owners enjoy entertaining friends in the evening.

Creating a spacious galley-style kitchen and fitting it with functional and aesthetically pleasing cooking appliances was part of the brief from the owners of this contemporary home.

Designer Melanie Craig of Melanie Craig Design brought together layers of different, light-toned benchtop products, and used a strip of LED lighting under the stainless steel component to draw attention to the sleek appearance and the flush, black ceramic glass finish on the Smeg induction cooktop.


View of a contemporary kitchen area countertop, fireplace, home appliance, kitchen, kitchen appliance, kitchen stove, product design, gray, black
View of a contemporary kitchen area

The Smeg hob is teamed with a Smeg 76cm Power Pack, which is integrated into a mirrored canopy. Featuring a four-speed fan, halogen lighting and electronic controls, this extractor keeps the open-plan living space clear of steam and odours.

"I really liked the simple look and white finish of the Smeg oven, because it works well with the cabinetry, and at night when the lights are on, the whole effect is fabulous," says Craig.

On the back wall of the kitchen, the built-in, 60cm-wide white Smeg oven has an extra-large capacity of 68L and its five cooking levels make it ideal for entertaining larger groups. The oven offers 12 different functions, including a new 40°C bread rising function, and a special base at the bottom of the oven is designed for cooking pizzas. Rear-illuminated polycarbonate knobs and symbols add to its contemporary aesthetic.

View of a contemporary kitchen area countertop, furniture, interior design, kitchen, product design, gray
View of a contemporary kitchen area

For more information on Smeg appliances, visit the website: www.applico.co.nz.

Oct 16, 2010
We know the specialists