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Architect: Craig Steere, Craig Steere Architects Cabinetry manufacturer: Eurotrend Cabinets Cabinetry: Walnut veneer Cabinetry hardware: Hafele, Blum Benchtops: Essastone quartz on most benchtops; natural stone on island Flooring: Limestone, from Monetto Lighting: Red Box Agencies Splashback: Paint finish, Essastone quartz Kitchen sink: Franke by Reece Taps: Aramando Vicario from Galvin Design Gallery Oven, cooktop, refrigerator, dishwasher: Miele Ventilation: Albany D500 by Qasair Awards: Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Kitchen – Highly Commended Western Australia Architecture Awards Residential Architecture – Houses (new) Julius Elischer Award for Interior Architecture Story by Charles Moxham Photography by Angus Martin see more online: search 48641 at search: craig steere at search: tida at Above right: The waterfall end stone island has a practical, wipe-down white face on the inner side. The stainless steel twin cylinders of the rangehood are a major clue as to the kitchen’s day-to-day functionality. Facing page: Similar but not the same – the kitchen’s contrasting island and side peninsula provide ample storage and surfaces for cooking or serving. Cool limestone tile floors run right through the kitchen and dining area. search | save | share at The island with its low-set cooktop and twin sinks presents as a monolithic block, its waterfall countertop and front in black, veined stone. The chunky side peninsula is a companion piece in gleaming white quartz. The simplicity of these elements is accentuated by minimal detailing, including the choice of recessed cabinet pulls. And while in one way the twin, tubular rangehoods do say: ‘I am a kitchen!’, they also achieve an abstracted presence of their own. The full height white cabinets to one side include an integrated drinks cabinet. Ductwork for services is concealed behind dummy panels, while storage is behind other doors and also in the white wall cabinets in the scullery. “Another stand-out feature of this design is the ceiling-to-floor timber wrap-around that folds up to create the seating bay in front of the kitchen,” says the architect. “This defines the dining area and also provides an informal breakfast nook to the side of the cooking-dining area.” At the far end of the wrap-around, a further cabinetry element is anchored by two support posts. Finished in the same walnut as the pod and the wrap-over, this could well be another art object that has strayed into the dining area.