Trends New Zealand Volume 33 No 7 - Page 56

Previous pages: Designer Melanie Craig took a fresh approach in the design of this contemporary kitchen, with curved corners on benchtops and cabinets rather than the usual square, boxy look. Above: Placing the fridge in the opening to the scullery means it is not a dominating feature of the kitchen yet it’s still very accessible. The fridge cabinet is wrapped in the same timber slats used on the island front, adding visual continuity to the overall space. search | save | share at Is contemporary kitchen design in a bit of a rut? Having a strongly rectangular island, boxy cabinetry, fully integrated appliances, cool colours and a scullery hidden behind closed doors seems to have become very much the norm. But this kitchen by designer Melanie Craig takes a fresh approach, while still presenting a contemporary look. The kitchen is part of a large open-plan living space in a new architect-designed home, and was the second kitchen Craig has designed for the owners. “They wanted a very functional design, so we spent a lot of time spatially working out how it was going to look and perform in the area,” she says. Key to the success of the design is its organisation into five zones. The island subtly delineates between a seating zone at one end and preparation at the other, with the cooking zone placed behind. Adjacent to the cooking zone is the entrance to a scullery containing ovens and a secondary sink for messier preparation and clean-up. Positioning that sink to the