Stepping it up

Bringing the kitchen out of the background calls for an appliance upgrade and careful consideration of colours and materials
Photography by: Jamie Cobeldick Stepping it up Bringing the kitchen out of the background calls for
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Even when space is scarce, the kitchen is still the heart of the modern living area. It's where we meet, eat, discuss and deliberate and for those with a passion, it's where we create.

Designer Ron Partington was tired of seeing apartment kitchens that looked like after-thoughts, so when the owner of this apartment asked him to step the specs up a notch, he relished the opportunity to tailor the design to suit.

"The client loves entertaining and cooking, so we provided two large Ilve BMP ovens with eight burners," says Partington.


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Storage can be a problem in apartment kitchens, but here it is solved by a semi walk-in pantry and extensive cabinetry under the peninsula bench and on either side of the oven.

"When there are walk-in spaces and storage areas you allow privacy, so it's possible to have some mess and clutter tucked somewhere out of sight. This gives the feel of an older home."

Partington says he likes kitchens to appear clean and sharp, so he designed the benchtops in stainless steel with waterfall edges.

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A veiw of this kitchen featuring stainless steel benchtop and kitchen appliances, charcoal and meranit plywood cabinetry, tiled flooring

Cabinet legs are matched with those on the oven, while on the peninsula side there is a toe-kick.

The visual weight of the charcoal cabinetry and metallic surfaces is balanced by the frosted glass storage cabinets and the pale timber peninsula front. Likewise, natural tones in the limestone flooring and the stone hue of the bar stools help to offset the stainless steel benches and appliances.

Aug 24, 2007

Credit list

Kitchen manufacturer
Kitchens on Thorndon
Cabinetry
Charcoal stainless steel laminated on Meranti plywood
Wallcoverings
Natural white by Dulux
Splashback
Low-iron glass by Metro Glasstech
Oven
Ilve BMP 150 from Tharcolds
Ventilation
Ilve
Dishwasher
ASKO
Benchtops
Supplied by Mercier
Flooring
Jura grey/blue by Trethewey
Lighting
Slimline pendant from Riel Lighting
Taps
Dornbracht Meta 02 Kolina mixer and hand-held spray from Metrix
Cooktop
Ilve freestanding
Refrigeration
Samsung
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