Top left: A workbench beneath a sliding window incorporates deep drawers with hidden detailing that includes 45° arris corners. Top right, above and above right: Stainless steel surfaces feature on the main work areas, providing a crisp contrast to the warm wood. Kitchen designer Irene James avoided the use of overhead cabinets to keep the interior uncluttered. Above, far right: Designed to maximise a spectacular waterfront view, the house opens up to a long terrace. The kitchen is also designed to ensure the view is glimpsed from all areas. 62 “This is a perfect complement to the blonded timber walls,” the designer says. “At the same time, however, because there is so much wood in the house, we wanted to include something different. Soft White Melamine cabinets with stainless steel benchtops provide contrast on the rear wall and give this part of the kitchen a slightly industrial look.” Stainless steel is also on the custom rangehood that conceals a powerpack ventilation unit, on the toekicks and on a design feature on top of the island. more kitchens at trendsideas.com However, the splashback is in frosted glass – a deliberate play on the changing light that occurs with the estuary tides and at different times of the day. “The frosted glass reflects the light in the same way, and lets the grain of the timber walls show through,” says James. “The essential nature of the Lockwood interior is never compromised.” The designer says because the owners love to cook and entertain, the kitchen needed to be highly functional with plenty of storage right where it is needed.