Powder blue kitchen complemented by wood floors and ceiling

This kitchen nestles snugly into its designated space, while a close work triangle makes life easy for the chef

Positioning the living spaces at the upper level in this new home allowed architect Frans Kamermans to introduce higher ceilings and a twisted plane roof to optimise solar penetration where it was needed most.

“This is the second house I’ve designed for the owners and as such I had quite a free rein, including with the design of the kitchen,” says Kamermans. “The crisp, clean-lined kitchen has a sloping cabinetry profile matching the line of the raked beech wood ceiling.

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​​​​​​​The largest surface area in your home, the floors can have a big impact. On this kitchen and house design by Kamermans Architects, the beech ceiling is complemented by the wood flooring in American oak. Granite kitchen countertops continue the emphasis on natural materials.

The colour palette is dramatic yet simple. The warmth of beech, a favourite wood of one owner, on the floors and ceiling, meets powder blue, the favourite colour of the other owner. These hues appear throughout the home, with the front door also in the same blue. White veined granite benchtops complete the picture.

Kamermans is from the Netherlands and says that, unlike with most New Zealand homes, kitchen space in the Netherlands can be limited.

“However a modest kitchen area also allows for a work area triangle between pantry, hobs, fridge and sink which makes life easy for the chef, who barely has to take a step to reach the fridge one way or the pantry the other.

“And for this reason, I like to create kitchens here also on an economical footprint.”

“And for this reason, I like to create kitchens here also on an economical footprint.”

And with the compact footprint comes a minimalist aesthetic. The pantry is integrated in one corner, the hood is also integrated and the hob is flush in the rear benchtop. Plus cabinet handles are either discreet or push or pull to open.

Features of the kitchen include the waterfall island countertop, the reflective glass splashback and the under-cabinet and under-bench strip  lighting which shows off the cabinetry surfaces and doubles as a night light for the wider space.

Credit list

Frans Kamermans, Kamermans Architects
Cabinet handles
Mardeco Molise V-shaped handles
Macaubus White Granite from Granite Kitchen Direct
From Lighthouse Remuera
Kitchen sink
Fisher & Paykel
Exposed Cabinet Faces in semi-gloss lacquer by Creative Kitchens
Cabinetry hardware
Blum tip-on mechanisms where handles not used
Silver Southland Beech timber flooring from Lindsay and Dixon
Tranquillity colour-coated glass, from Image Glass
Plumbline Flag kitchen mixer with pull-out spout
Fisher & Paykel, 5-zone induction
Fisher & Paykel, French door
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Kitchens – Highly Commended

Story by: Charles Moxham

Photography by: Jacob Cater

16 Aug, 2020

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