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Above: The reflective cabinetry surfaces and full-height glass splashback optimise a light, airy aesthetic in the reinvented kitchen. Together with the surrounding living spaces, it now provides panoramic views to the botanic gardens and river below. Although the apartment is on the 15th floor, shutters were introduced on one side to provide privacy from adjacent high-rises. At the same time, both colours work with the wood floors and metal appliances. The painted surfaces also offer a play of contrasting finishes; one being a lustrous metallic, the other matt. A slender aluminium detail line runs across the top of the splashback and through the side wall of cabinetry above the refrigerator, offering another linear linking element. These clean, crisp architectural details are echoed in the brushed stainless steel toekick. “In terms of functionality, the galley-style layout allows the island to be used as a buffet for the nearby living spaces,” says Duffin. “ The search | save | share at long island has a conveniently located wine cabine t at one end, and the raised front cabinet is home to plates and glassware. “One of the owners has restricted movement, so we were asked to set the oversized oven high on the side wall, with an integrated microwave directly above. Everything is in easy reach. In addition, all the cabinetry latches are touch-to-open or electronic, again for ease of use by the owner. The handleless look perfectly suits the contemporary aesthetic.” A new dropped ceiling was an integral part of the project. Custom designed by Duffin, this