Upon reflection

Sleek, lacquered cabinets in red and white, and a colour-backed glass splashback help to lighten this new designer kitchen

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A view of a kitchen, cabinetry, glass benchtops, stainless steel sink and taps, dishwasher, lights.

Building a new home provides an ideal opportunity to finally secure that kitchen you've long admired. For the owners of this new house, it was a German Poggenpohl kitchen that caught the eye.

Designer Damian Hannah of German Kitchens says the owners, who have a love of contemporary architecture and European designer furniture, had their hearts set on a Poggenpohl kitchen for their new home. But the design wasn't entirely straightforward.

"Although the living areas have a great harbour view, the kitchen was at the rear of the space, with very little natural light," says Hannah. "The design needed to allow for this. We also had to accommodate the owners' preference for an extra tall integrated fridge, freezer and pantry."

High-gloss lacquered cabinetry was specified in Spanish Red to provide a reflective surface.

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A close up view of the stainless steel ovens.

"The vivid red cabinetry was used to house the tall units and wall ovens," says Hannah. "We could have tried to disguise these, but chose instead to make them stand out. The red also adds a lot of warmth, and is a very appetising colour."

Functionality wasn't compromised, however. The red cabinetry is 700mm deep, which leaves a 100mm gap at the rear to vent air through two aluminium Lamella plinths one at the top and one at the bottom. This ensures the large appliances won't overheat.

Hannah says the red cabinetry, with its consumables storage, is one of three key zones created in the kitchen. A second zone for food preparation and cooking is provided by the white matt cabinets on the rear wall.

"To provide a look of solidity and symmetry, there are 150mm-wide balancing elements at either end of this cabinetry," says Hannah. "Similar balancing elements bookend the island. In contrast, overhead cabinets are suspended so they appear to float within the space. This wall features a white colour-backed glass splashback, which helps reflect natural light and provides visual depth."

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Spanish Red lacquered cabinets contrast with pure white fittings in this new Poggenpohl kitchen designed by NKBA member Damin Hannah of German Kitchens.

The third work zone the island is another food preparation space, which is also the serving and cleaning area.

"The kitchen is designed so that up to four people can work at one time," says Hannah. "Incorporating bar stools also makes it ideal for entertaining."

Credit list

Kitchen manufacturer
Formica Cool White in Velvet
Poggenpohl Lamella aluminium
Oven, microwave and cooktop
Pop-up power points
Poggenpohl LA high-gloss lacquer in Spanish Red, and Poggenpohl KA matt laminate in Blossom White
Diamante glass splashback in Resene Alabaster from Wellington Glass & Mirror
Poggenpohl recessed halogen lights
Franke Ariane

Story by: Damian Hannah

23 Feb, 2007

Damian Hannah is a highly qualified, award-winning kitchen designer who owns and manages German Kitchens Limited in Wellington

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