Trends New Zealand Trends Volume 32 No 3 New Zealand - Page 118

Top: A 1950s light found on site in pieces was restored by Kevin Cozen and now hangs over the dining table. The once small kitchen window has been trebled in size and is now over 2.75m wide. Above and right: New suspended cabinets with glass fronts and backs are a feature of the kitchen. The panes on the outer cabinets facing the garden are frosted for privacy. Most surfaces are walnut, white lacquer or glass, helping retain the home’s strong, simple Mid-century modern character. Above right: As part of the wider remodel ceilings were stripped out to reveal original wood beams. search | save | share at Just as the old kitchen footprint was modest in line with ‘50s priorities, so too had the pine cabinetry been a pragmatic choice. This was another area where Cozen was able to add more light and a sense of space. First, though he removed the upper cabinets and extended the window in front of the sink from one metre wide to three. “With the inner wall gone and window greatly expanded, we still needed more cabinet space. My solution was to design floating upper cabinetry, suspended on steel bracketing. The front and back of the