Architect: Fraser Cameron Architects Kitchen designer: Belinda Ellis, interiors consultant, Fraser Cameron Architects Owners: Dan Kirton and Sylvie Doclot Cabinetry: Bespoke oak veneer stained to match selected flooring, supplied by Cromptons Joinery Cabinetry hardware: Blum drawer hardware; Hafele Le Mans corner unit Benchtops: Carrara marble, stainless steel Flooring: B&O Casa NZ Lighting: Coombes and Gabbie Lighting; Caravaggio pendants Splashback: Encaustic tiles from Vietnam Kitchen sink: BFD by Burns & Ferrall from Cromptons Joinery Taupo Taps: Grohe K7 at main sink; Metrix Paini Cox in scullery; both from Plumbing World Awards: Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Kitchen – Highly Commended Story by Charles Moxham Photography by Matt Jordan see more online: search 48712 at Trendsideas.com search: fraser cameron at Trendsideas.com search: tida at Trendsideas.com Previous pages and above right: Some functionality for the kitchen is housed in an adjacent building that, along with the living spaces, opens to a shared grassed courtyard. Features of the kitchen and living room space include trussed ceilings and three Caravaggio pendants. Right, top: A deck with seating overlooking the dense bush and lake is a few steps from the kitchen. search | save | share at At the request of the owners and to create a pleasing sense of proportion for the island, Ellis added broad shelving under the countertop. Overall, the kitchen offers a visually simple but highly textured palette of natural materials, continuing finishes found throughout the home. “For example, the look of the prefinished sandblasted and stained oak floor is echoed in the island and wall cabinetry treatments. The floor is a practical as well as aesthetic choice as it doesn’t show the pumice dust from the local area and is a delight to walk on in bare feet.” The cabinet fronts are in a mismatched oak veneer, stained and sealed. This product is made up of veneer strips of varying width which are wire brushed for a textured finish. The resulting plank-like effect ideally matches the oak floors. The encaustic tile splashback was chosen by the owners – a bold graphic reference to one of their favourite restaurants. In the scullery, elements are instead painted to recede and blend with the grooved ply and batten wall and ceilings featured throughout. Countertops are in marble and stainless steel, the latter practical surface matching the relaxedlook freestanding stainless steel appliances.