Trends New Zealand Trends Volume 31 No 13 New Zealand - Page 111

When the house has one appeal and the owners want another for their new central kitchen, it can be tricky to merge the two and achieve overall harmony. Sometimes, broad design strokes are required. This sleek entertainer’s kitchen forms the social hub of a large, open-plan living space. Morgan Cronin of Cronin Kitchens says the clients had asked for a unique, modern, minimal, clean-cut kitchen. “As this was quite a departure from the home’s generally traditional feel, the challenge was to meet the brief but also enhance rather than contrast that aesthetic.” The owners’ pre-purchased stainless steel appliances – two glass-door beverage fridges, a French-door refrigerator and 76cm oven – were also to be incorporated. “To start with we made a modest alteration to the building envelope,” says Cronin. “By moving one wall out over an existing deck area, the shape of the room was significantly improved and additional space was freed up for the large scullery. “A bulkhead was introduced to create a continuous line around the room from Above: This clean-lined kitchen merges with the wider environment through the introduction of a bulkhead around the room. Black was chosen as the predominant colour because as well as adding a dramatic feel it also complements the timber surfaces in the adjacent open-plan living spaces. The uniform use of black draws together the stained American oak ¼-cut veneer cabinetry, the powder-coated 5mm-thick steel on the island and the black powder-coated aluminium frame doors with Indo Dark Grey glass inserts in the drinks area. Countertops in Absolute Black granite and matt black tapware complete the tonal picture search | save | share at