We also love to entertain and having a bar and social seating on the island was a must.
We achieved this by relocating the doorway to the powder room and also used this new found space for the bar area on the end of the kitchen.
It also gave length and a presence to the kitchen that we were looking for.
The generous size of the island means we can sit around 3 sides for flowing conversation and it was positioned near the bar and outdoor BBQ areas to further facilitate social interactions.
The balancing act about what and how much we could showcase to our owners to appeal to our target market verses our personal taste was taken into consideration and a constant challenge.
Simplicity, luxe and texture is very important to us and the kitchen is layered with leathered benchtops, Japanese finger tiles, brushed brass accents, steel and crown cut American Oak.
Essentially, we wanted subtle hints of trends, but also something that would last.
The tall cabinetry and dark feature wall were purposely specified in dark tones such as American Oak with black carbon Woca Oil to complement and pop against the leathered super white granite.
Buster & Punch Closet Pull Bar Handles add interest to the Hafele pocket bar doors and pivot door into the hidden scullery which features a secondary sink, dish drawer, Blum space tower, integrated F+P fridge freezer and a microwave, along with a granite floating shelf to display our kitchenware.
The subtle curves in the splashback, negative handle detail, custom made Astra Walker brass tap and steel legs soften the hard and dark surfaces.
The space is finished with integrated Fisher & Paykel appliances and the gas hobs and ovens also meld back allowing the textured super white granite to be the hero within the space.
Aalto #Arthouse 2pot lacquer was used for the lower cabinetry.