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Often a kitchen design is not so much about the individual elements, but rather about how they come together – this is particularly true of the material and colour palette. This sleek kitchen in a riverside apartment replaces a 20-year-old work space that had suffered from poor connections to the views and adjoining spaces. Designer Kim Duffin removed walls to improve the outlooks from all areas, the kitchen included. “The owners had spent the past 10 years in Europe and Asia and wanted an Oriental influence in the new design,” says Duffin. “To achieve this, I designed a custom glass splashback with a bamboo motif. This was laid as two panels, with the shelving and rangehood positioned afterwards. However, to prevent the bamboo green colour from taking over, the splashback evokes these fast-growing, iconic plants in silhouette, while the raised cabinet on the island introduces the appropriate tone. “The green appears again as a shadowline beneath the benchtops.” Contrast as well as connection features in the design. The green sets off the metallic blue of the perimeter and island base cabinetry. Above left: A custom backpainted glass splashback featuring bamboo plants caters to the clients’ love of Asia in this apartment kitchen by interior designer Kim Duffin. Above: The two-tone design celebrates connections and contrast. The green of the island upstand continues as a negative detail under the slender, modern benchtops. Rich cabinet hues – one polished, one matt – set off the wood flooring. search | save | share at