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to customise the interior to his own liking. “I love to entertain, so the kitchen needed to have a large island for preparation and to be a place where people could congregate and eat,” Riseman says. “I wanted dinner preparation to be like a show, but once finished I wanted all the noise and clean-up to be out of sight.” It was the desire to have the freedom to create something individual rather than having to adjust an existing system that led him to designers Mick De Giulio and Kathy Manzella. One of the first things De Giulio did was to use a newly raised floor to house plumbing for the island – something the original services plan didn’t allow for. “Because the owner entertains a lot, he needed a kitchen that didn’t look like a kitchen,” says De Giulio. That’s partly achieved by the materials used, including the polished stainless steel on the front and sides of the island and high gloss walnut cabinetry below the cooktop. “The stainless becomes almost a nonmaterial,” he says. “You can’t predict what Preceding pages: Overlooking the strip in Las Vegas, the kitchen in this apartment needed to create its own strength of presence while not overdominating the interior. Above left: Reflective surfaces such as high gloss walnut cabinetry below the cooktop and stainless steel on the island front and sides allow the kitchen to ‘melt’ into its surroundings. Top and above: Adjacent to the kitchen is a secondary clean-up and preparation area, plus a bar with wine storage. search | save | share at