Trends New Zealand Volume 34 No 4 - Page 42

Above: The white Corian island countertop has a gold dusted resin inlay pattern Drake developed to represent raindrops on the Hudson River, which the apartment overlooks. Facing page: All the kitchen’s functionality is on the back wall. An induction cooktop is set into the black Silestone countertop, while a cabinetry tower to the left contains the fridge and to the right a pantry. The island countertop sits on a very large box structure which provides storage within the kitchen and is decorated in stencilled gold leaf on the living room side. search | save | share at specific challenge Drake was faced with when designing the interior and kitchen – a 90cm square, structural column plonked in the centre of the space. “I struggled with what to do with it and in the end decided to make it much bigger and turn it into a prominent feature. It now has multiple functions – housing the television, a bookcase and storage.” The variety of materials he used for the millwork surrounding the column – ebonised oak, antiqued steel and grey lacquered door frames with woven metal mesh insets – were then used in the design of the kitchen, but with different detailing. They can be seen in the designated work wall at the back of the kitchen, which houses the cooktop, oven, sink, dishwasher, fridge and pantry. “Once I’d established this functional layout, I knew I wanted a big island. I sketched out a variety of shapes before settling on this enormous runway that thrusts you into the room when you come round the corner from the entry.” At over 5m long, the island is made of