Trends New Zealand Volume 34 No 4 - Page 71

A great kitchen with a stunning aesthetic and every practical need addressed doesn’t just fall into place. Using a highly respected designer such as Fyfe Kitchen’s Kira Gray ensures every- thing is considered down to the finest detail, as this contemporary entertainer’s kitchen reflects. A large house renovation gave the owners, a busy working couple, the opportunity to extend their living and kitchen space, says Gray. “They didn’t want an ‘ordinary’ kitchen and hoped the design could draw on the influence of their European travels, where they were espe- cially taken with vertical staves in buildings and structures, and the use of organic materials.” Another request was that the kitchen link with the outdoor entertaining areas and views. It also had to be enduring, sleek and spacious so the owners, both keen cooks, could share the space. To maximise the living space, the kitchen was set in the corner of the room and, to achieve easy access and create plenty of storage, Gray designed an L-shaped kitchen with an island. “We set tall cabinetry along the side wall and this includes a sliding door pantry plus stainless steel bench, providing a second work station and storage for small appliances and food.” Above left: This entertainer’s kitchen by Fyfe Kitchens designer Kira Gray – winner of several industry awards – responds to the practical needs and style preferences of the owners. The architectural island with front display shelving is underlit to dramatic effect. Above: The side cabinetry wall features distinctive vertical stave doors, and this warm-look material also wraps around the central island. search | save | share at