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Strong colours and out-there cabinetry aren’t the only ways to create a showpiece kitchen. For this project, the clients asked designer Nancy Frost of Euro German Kitchens for a practical but highly refined kitchen aesthetic. “The kitchen was to look modern and sleek with no handles. It also had to have some timber features to make it warm and welcoming. The couple also wanted a feature island and a walkin pantry for small appliances and storage. “The challenge was to work this into a galley kitchen and hide some unsightly piping at the same time. In response, we moved the kitchen forward,” says Frost. “This gained enough room for a walk-in pantry on the right, to hide the pipes behind the cabinets in the centre, and create display shelving at the living-area end, to downplay the cabinetry from this perspective.” The 4m-long island has a wrap-around timber shelf for a more furniture-like aesthetic. The folded element provides a footrest and an overhang to increase bench space. A mirrored kickboard gives the island a sense of floating. The two-tone lacquered cabinetry has inset handles and a stainless steel frame around the cooking niche, matching the rear countertop. Facing page and top: Sleek finishes, touches of wood, and recessed handles all contribute to the quiet presence of this kitchen, by Nancy Frost of Euro German Kitchens. Above: The full walk-in pantry is behind a door made to identically match the cabinetry – complete with a faux handle groove. Ample storage means the kitchen always looks its best from the adjacent living spaces. search | save | share at