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As requested by the owners, a 5m-long island forms the centre of operations, providing a continuous serving space, while the other side of the galley-style kitchen accommodates the major appliances. However, the more functional aspects of a kitchen are minimised. “The kitchen needed to be a seamless part of the architecture, so the entire house flows, both visually and practically,” the architect says. “All the walls are white, so the kitchen cabinetry is also white. But we specified a high-gloss lacquer to give the cabinets a reflective quality and to create a point of difference to the walls.” The seamless look is reinforced by flush-mounted overhead cabinets and recessed handles on the lower units. A mirrored splashback dissolves the rear wall visually, adding a sense of depth. It also reflects the view back to people seated at the island facing into the kitchen. “An all-white kitchen needs a few interesting details, so although the design makes the kitchen recede, it is not completely invisible,” Wilson says. Above left: A 5m-long island with a Caesarstone top and waterfall sides ensures this kitchen is well suited to family living and entertaining – it provides a continuous benchtop for food preparation and serving. The white glass front to the island and high-gloss lacquered cabinets give the kitchen a reflective quality. Above: A mirrored splashback adds visual depth and reflects the view from the opposite end of the living space. search | save | share at