Social presence  – well connected dream kitchen

Attractive and well connected, this kitchen is an entertainer's dream

Photography by: Kallan McLeod
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A solid bank of cabinetry and appliances is balanced visually by a display niche at the far end of the island in this well-considered kitchen by Celia Visser Design.

Designed by Celia Visser Design

From the designer:

Client Brief

The brief here was to create a large, contemporary kitchen that would accommodate the day-to-day needs of a family unit, but also be capable of allowing several people to work simultaneously in the space, as well as catering for large social entertaining. 

The clients requested a separate drinks and coffee area, and a large amount of storage space; also, no hanging lights or rangehood to interfere with the line of sight. 

They wanted a bold design that would sit centre stage in their home and embrace the ‘wow factor’.


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A timber-lined corner display niche in the island is a focal point of this kitchen.

Designer’s Response

The design of this kitchen was created around the central island, which is intended to imitate a solid block of marble, giving it presence and drama within the open-plan living space. 

The timber feature cutout is a detail that links to the dark-stained veneered drinks and coffee zone that occupies one of the side walls. 

Whether open or close, this furniture piece enhances the sense of craftsmanship and permanence of the space.

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The beautiful appeal of marble and wood come together in this arresting kitchen.

The working part of the kitchen, serving the family’s day-to-day needs, is subtly laid out along the back wall, incorporating an integrated fridge and twin ovens that flank a central worktop and induction hob, plus a discrete extractor built into the bulkhead above. 

We also gave our clients a generous scullery, accessed by a cavity slider, which originally was a powder room. 

The scullery provides overflow space, along with additional prep zones, appliance and food storage.

A monochromatic palate was chosen to accentuate the strong architectural form of the house, and the paint finish on the walls give and organic feel, softening and blending the zones. 

Through the interesting play of form and mix of materials, this creates a kitchen with the desirable ‘wow factor’ but also relates to every area it services.

Sep 11, 2019

Credit list

Designer
Celia Visser Design
Cabinetry
Satin Lacquered Resene 1/4 Black White; American 1/4 Cut Oak Veneer – stained horizontal grain
Benchtops
Calacatta Extra Marble Waterfall, bookmatched, by SCE Stone & Design; Staybrite bead-blasted stainless steel
Lighting
LED Lights supplied by Lighthouse, Pendant over table, from ECC
Kitchen sink
Blanco Silgranit
Pyrolytic oven and Steam Combi oven
Miele
Microwave
Miele Induction
Refrigeration
Fisher & Paykel – French Fridge door, integrated
Wine fridge
Baumatic, from Kitchen N Things
Cabinet maker
Mike Laustsen Cabinetmaker
Cabinetry hardware
Blum & Hafele; Blum Legrabox Pure
Flooring
Marone French oak plank timber, from B & O Casa
Tiles
Artedomus light grey mosaics 02 tiles in Scullery
Taps
Dornbraht Sync; Tube High Rise
Dishwasher
Miele
Ventilation
Schweigen Paradigma – 3
Water dispenser
Zenith Hot / Chilled & Sparkling water tap
Awards
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Kitchens – Finalist
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