Trends New Zealand Volume 34 No 4 - Page 65

Urban edge How to create a kitchen that has its own dramatic presence and yet doesn’t detract from the views beyond – openness and simplicity are key In contemporary interior design, the kitchen is almost always central to the living spaces – but then so are the views. Such was the scenario for this kitchen, by designer Davinia Sutton. The homeowners wanted a kitchen that was uncluttered and that had an urban edge – a chic design with hardy, bold materials. As part of the brief, they also asked for a scullery where any mess was out of sight from the living space, as well as ample wine storage. “Forming part of an architectural space for entertaining, this kitchen was designed to be on display,” says Sutton. “However, the living area also has views to a striking city/seascape. So the aim was to keep the kitchen clean-lined and open to avoid it detracting from the scenery. “Paradoxically, this was achieved with a simple, strong palette comprising expansive white benchtops contrasting dark-stained wood veneer cabinetry and a blonde wood floor.” The body of the kitchen is a T-shape galley space, seamlessly incorporating the appliances into the main work zone. Integrating most appli- ances, apart from the minimalist ovens and hob, ensures the design is sharp and uncluttered. In addition, the kitchen’s clean lines, shadow Above: Bold and sculptural with no fussy detailing, this kitchen by designer Davinia Sutton makes a strong interior focal point without actually detracting from the living area’s expansive outlooks. Following pages: To the rear of the kitchen, the pantry countertops tuck into side niches within the ancillary space – keeping mess out of sight from the living area. The wine cellar is on show straight ahead. search | save | share at