Trends New Zealand Trends Volume 31 No 13 New Zealand - Page 56

Preceding pages: Detailing on the stair bannister is complemented by new fine detailing on the skirting and architraves. Contemporary-meetsclassic inverted wall panelling covers feature walls. Above: A new kitchen and open-air central courtyard are at the heart of the home, which is as much about family life as frequent entertaining. The courtyard floods natural light into what would otherwise be the darkest point of the interior. Natural light was also accentuated by the use of large mirror panels in the formal living area and dining area. The mirror panels bounce light through the interior and give the impression of greater space. Large artworks are suspended in front of the expansive reflective surfaces, making the mirrors less confrontational. An operable skylight brings light into the rear family room. The panel format is continued on the walls but, in a reverse play on old-world panelling, the framing is inset rather than proud of the wall. The client wanted the rooms to be modern with touches of more classic elements – and the search | save | share at inverted panel format addresses both styles. While the staircase bannister is original, elsewhere new ‘old’ detailing has been added. “Even though the spaces are open-plan, porticos and frames are strategically set to screen out utilitarian elements and to create a sense of movement between rooms,” says Archer. “For example, the central dining room isn’t completely in your face from the main living area.” Similarly, the door into the kitchen from the dining area is strategically placed to allow an uninterrupted view through the interior. However, its placement also screens out the mess of