Trends New Zealand Volume 33 No 4 - Page 19

What does the idea of an Italian-style kitchen conjure up? Strong, honest materials? A degree of hand-worked elegance, perhaps? And is it also likely to reflect a driving passion for cooking? This transformed kitchen ticks all these boxes. For the renovation, designer Shane George was asked to create a dramatic new kitchen in an authentically styled Italian country villa. “The existing kitchen lacked the functional- ity now required by the family, and it was also starting to show its age,” he says. “I was asked for a more up-to-date look – still sympathetic to the house style, but with added wow factor. “Plus, the owners regularly entertain large groups, so the kitchen had to have an excellent workflow – almost semi-commercial in nature.” One challenge was creating the new kitchen within the footprint of the old one. And as the walls, floor and ceiling are solid masonry, new mechanical services had to be integrated into the back of the cabinetry. In terms of aesthetics and tying back to the home, Shane George emphasised an artisanal look. The cabinets are finished in a pearl lustre paint with textural over-brushing and the splash- back is in bagged brick pattern tile. The large Previous pages: Same space, quite different agenda – this reinvented kitchen stands in the footprint of the old one. Intelligent work triangles bring functionality and convenience, while the large feature pantry adds storage and a dedicated baking zone. These pages: The pantry door frames, pendant lights, wrought iron shelf brackets and even the metal cabinetry handles and large flagstone-like floor tiles all add to the rustic-meets-commercial feel. search | save | share at