Practical workspace meets detailed luxury

There's a place for everything in this semi commercial-look kitchen where a bookmatched marble benchtop is inlaid with brass detail 

Designed by Jessica Valintine, Jessica Valintine Design

From the designer:

 The owners requested a design that would not only capture the sensational waterfront views, but also create a sophisticated central entertaining hub to host friends and family with ease.

The truly working entertainer’s kitchen has been treated with style and elegance, reminiscent of many five star-plus luxury hotels or lodge settings.

To this end, the finishes and material selection exude luxury and sophistication, yet remain workable and efficient.

Care and attention was given to the placement of design appliances and choice of finishes, both practical and opulent.

The centrally located island features exquisite book matched marble delicately punctuated with brass inlaid detail. 

Attention was given to the matching of the strong veining of the marble across the bar, the face of the island and incorporating the splashback.

This eye-catching statement piece is balanced with the honed grey engineered stone on the main practical working bench for the family chef.

While limited space was a challenge, this was overcome by incorporating part of an adjacent guest bedroom wardrobe.

This allowing the cooking functions to extend past the main kitchen area to include both the compact scullery requested (to house the many appliances) and an additional food preparation space.

A step stool was incorporated into the toe kick to help the owners reach and make easy use of the full height cabinetry.

To accentuate the visual appearance of the kitchen, the veneer cladding was continued onto the scullery walls for a seamless, cohesive effect.

In keeping with the owners’ needs, suitable and robust appliances were procured for functionality and aesthetics.

The combi and steam ovens were ergonomically positioned at a practical and safe height. 

This decision formed the detailing of the framed effect to both sides of the scullery – intended to echo the lineal look of the kitchen and bar.

Similarly, the design of the cabinetry was constructed to complement the appliances, coupled with a thick stainless-steel wrapped fascia to mirror the strong profile of the semi-commercial look.

LED lighting was utilised for both task and accent lighting and used in a lineal configuration to accentuate and replicate the simple, clean lines of the cabinetry and shape of the room.

Due to the large expanse of glass, the central heating system was positioned above the bar, discretely disguised behind a veneer clad bulkhead and powder coated vent.

In summary, the overall visual effect is bold, well balanced and beautifully executed and well balanced.

The practical workspace reflect the owners’ busy lifestyle needs with sophistication reserved for five star hospitality.

Credit list

Italian marble, Invisible Light, honed, from Italian Stone
Kitchen sink
Burns & Ferrall
Oven, cooktop, ventilation, refrigerator, dishwasher, wine fridge
Fisher & Paykel
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Kitchens – Highly Commended
Prime Panels Art Veneer, finished in Resene Baltic Sea
Italian marble, Invisible Light, honed, from Italian Stone; engineered stone in Dark Concrete, honed
Water dispenser

Designed by: Jessica Valintine Design

Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: Jamie Cobel

19 Dec, 2021

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