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Twice as good This sleek, front-of-house kitchen is matched by a parallel kitchen behind, where clutter and food preparation can be hidden from sight Entertaining on a small or a grand scale is a whole lot easier when everything flows smoothly and there’s ample space for food preparation and serving. Designer Leon House, who was asked to redesign this kitchen and living area in an ’80s house, says the owner enjoys being in the kitchen and loves to entertain. “The original kitchen had no scullery and was rather dated, but there was plenty of space to try something new,” House says. “We experimented with a range of options, eventually settling on a layered approach, with a front-of-house kitchen and a second fully equipped working kitchen and coolroom behind.” The designer says the owner also loves design and took a very hands-on role in the project. “He is well travelled, and the kitchen needed to be of an international standard – the term Hollywood sophistication was used. But at the same time, it needed to be a fun place to entertain.” High-end materials reflect the design brief. Solid Romano Italian travertine Preceding pages and facing page: With its sleek travertine marble floors and Corian cabinets, this new kitchen in an ’80s house reflects an international design approach. The white cabinets are framed by tall units in a light timber veneer. Contrasting dark charcoal stone wraps around the island. The colour is repeated in the custom dining furniture and bar stools by Christian Liaigre. Above: Providing ample bench space was a priority, says designer Leon House. In addition to the space in this front kitchen, there is a fully functioning kitchen and walk-in coolroom behind. search | save | share at