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Design to the fore The kitchen in this new house is an integral part of the architecture, not an afterthought – an approach reflected in both the understated materials and the styling When an architect and interior designer work together on a new home project right from the start, you can be assured every detail will be fine-tuned leaving nothing to chance, including the kitchen design. Such was the case for this project. The Lockwood house was designed by architect Jorgen Frandsen of Ambienti Team Architects, with the interior and kitchen design by Irene James of James Trent Design – both Tauranga-based companies. James says she worked very closely with the owners on the interior. “The home has an idyllic waterfront location, which impacted on the kitchen design, just as much as it did on the rest of the architecture,” she says. “It was essential that the kitchen be an integral part of the overall design, so that it would not detract from the view. It needed to blend in effortlessly in terms of the materials and design.” For this reason, James specified Rift Melamine cabinets with an understated woodgrain finish for the island, and a shelving unit and countertop to one side. Facing page: Rift Melamine cabinets harmonise with the blonded timber walls in this new Lockwood home. The frosted glass splashback was specified to ensure the woodgrain of the timber would not be obscured. Like the pendant lights, the frosted glass also reflects the changing light on the estuary beyond. Fisher & Paykel appliances were chosen to complement the crisp, rectilinear lines of the interior. Above: The island incorporates display shelving and a stainless steel design feature. Stainless steel was also introduced to the rear wall, with a custom-designed rangehood. more kitchens at 61