Trends New Zealand Volume 33 No 7 - Page 68

Previous pages: Casual, hard-working and yet perfectly teamed, the kitchen features powdercoated frames on the upper cabinetry that match the kitchen’s access ladder and industrial lights. Reeded glass on these cabinets are both a practical and aesthetic- driven inclusion, adding to the overall 1920s look and providing a filtered view of contents for speedy retrieval. A large custom rangehood adds to the hard working-kitchen aesthetic. search | save | share at Their existing kitchen had been out of scale, and suffered from pinch points. In addition, it wasn’t suitable for large-scale catering or for use as an eat-in kitchen for a large family – features the owners wanted from the new design. “To add to the litany of woes, the windows in the old kitchen were in the wrong position, so most natural light was at the closed off end,” says van der Plas. “Plus all the architectural fea- tures of the room had been removed in an earlier renovation, so the room lacked ambience.” To bring character back into the space, she designed new feature ceiling beams and sourced large-scale light fittings appropriate to the era and style of the home. Due to the room’s scale, the new cabinetry was built to a generous 2.8m high. To access high storage areas, van der Plas designed a custom steel and aluminium hook-in ladder system. “We powdercoated the upper cabinetry’s aluminium door frames in a special colour to match the ladder and industrial-look lighting. Doors on the upper cabinets feature 1920s-style broad-reeded glazing, which adds texture and offers a filtered view through to the interior shelving contents.”