2014 NKBA award-winning kitchen with innovative materials and dedicated coffee centre

Separate work zones and contrasting materials define the Supreme Award winner in the NKBA NZ Kitchen Design Awards by Melanie Craig

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Strong horizontal lines define this new kitchen designed by Melanie Craig. The designer specified a mix of textures and materials to highlight the functionality of the different elements. The kitchen won the 2014 NKBA NZ Kitchen Design of the Year award.

Designing a kitchen for a new house is an ideal opportunity to get it right first time, with a place for everything and everything in its place.

This NKBA award-winning kitchen, by Melanie Craig Design Partners, was designed for a busy family who wanted mornings to be stress free and energizing.

"The owners wanted a kitchen that would put some order into the morning chaos," the designer says. "It was important to have a separate breakfast and coffee zone, and a warm, sunny space."

The kitchen was subsequently opened up to the east so the family could enjoy the morning sun. Bar stools were placed near the windows at one end of a long island, which forms a tabletop with steel legs. A group of pendant lights further highlights this casual dining area.

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The front of this island features black embossed leather. Black also appears on the overhead cabinets and Techlam countertops on the perimeter. This is contrasted by white Caesarstone countertops and a sky-blue glass backsplash. The kitchen won the 2014 NKBA NZ Kitchen Design of the Year Award.

"At the other end, the island caters to food preparation and cooking," says Craig. "This different functionality is defined by a heat-resistant steel surface and open steel shelving. A narrow band of steel extends right along the front of the island beneath the white stone countertop, helping to link the two ends."

Similar linking elements feature in all areas of the kitchen, bringing a visual continuity to the separate zones. The cafe-style coffee zone, for example, appears as a stand-alone workstation, with a full- height white oak backsplash and shelf. But the black Techlam countertop echoes the material that wraps around the bank of ovens further along the same wall. This countertop has a white core that gives it an interesting edge detail, says Craig.

"And because Techlam is impervious to heat, it provides another resting place for hot dishes. With the ovens at waist height, dishes can simply be lifted straight out and placed on top."

The white oak of the coffee zone is also repeated elsewhere it edges the black-lacquered overhead cabinets that reinforce the horizontal lines of the kitchen. Recessed steel drawer pulls in the white perimeter cabinets and adjoining scullery further enhance the horizontality of the design.

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This kitchen designed by Melanie Craig Design Partners opens to the outdoors. A scullery is positioned at one end. To ensure there is an easy flow, there is no door to the scullery.

"This kitchen has many bold textural elements, such as the embossed black leather on the front of the island, and the raw concrete block that wraps right around the wall accommodating the refrigerator. These are contrasted by shiny surfaces, such as the glass backsplash."

To provide further contrast, the black, white and wood color palette is enlivened by the sky-blue shade of the backsplash. Blue also provides a pop of color in a niche above the refrigerator along with a bright orange ceramic piece.

Credit list

Architectural designer
Nathan Shearing,
Kitchen manufacturer
Leading Edge Joinery
Caesarstone Organic White; brushed stainless steel; Techlam Black
Aoraki in kitchen; Arizona in scullery
Storage systems and hardware
Häfele Blanco Black
Wall panels
American white oak veneer
NKBA NZ Kitchen Design of the Year; Best Use of Color Award; Regional Kitchen Award Southern
Kitchen designer
Melanie Craig CKDNZ,
Lacquered; American white oak veneer; Panelform Industries White Gloss wrap; Sibu Design Collage embossed leather in Nero Matt on island
Resene Allports paint on glass; American white oak veneer
Handles on coffee drawer
Ancona Black chrome
Fisher & Paykel
Honed aggregate concrete
Designed by Melanie Craig Design Partners

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