Trends New Zealand Volume 33 No 4 - Page 10

Previous pages and above: Flooded with natural light that sets off the owners’ art collection, this kitchen offers a social gathering point where a chef can cook and converse with guests at the same time. The subdued colour palette, refined, minimalist cabinetry and integrated appliances and pantries all ensure the artworks take pride of place. search | save | share at The idea for the gravity-defying cantilevered peninsular island in this entertainer’s kitchen was taken directly from the form of the house itself. Nestled on the edge of a golf course, the residence includes a dramatic 8m overhang. Designer Nar Bustamante says the owners are avid cooks and entertainers and wanted a kitchen that would accommodate parties of all sizes, offer an array of food prepping surfaces, and include a separate eating bar so guests could feel part of the whole cooking experience. At the same time, they wanted, the kitchen to achieve a subdued yet sculptural presence to complement and not overwhelm their artworks. “The substantial cantilever on the peninsula island begs the question, exactly how?” says Bustamante. “This physics-defying element is achieved with a solid wood beam – encased in plywood for added strength. And that then has the cabinetry built out around it. The dramatic overhang is under lit to accentuate its presence.” The adjacent large island – a gathering place within the great room – has a sculptural appeal, too. The island’s high toekicks are also lit up to draw the eye, while a slender rebate under the benchtop accommodates a rail pull for the top