USA Kitchen Trends US Kitchen Trends Vol. 30/09 - Page 89

In a climate that allows alfresco living most months of the year, it makes sense to open up a home’s interiors to fresh air and sunshine. Designers may even go so far as to blur the line between indoors and outdoors completely. This project by kitchen designer Kim Duffin forms part of a redeveloped home in an innercity suburb. Duffin says he took the client’s initial brief and applied his own vision. “The design places a dining area, kitchen, appliance pantry, powder room and a large outdoor space at the rear of the home. We wanted to bring all these various elements together in one large volume, in a way that would optimize space and create a connection between all zones. “The outdoor and indoor areas read as one space, separated only by large bifolding doors and a change in flooring direction. Similar tones and finishes link the two spaces visually.” The kitchen is set to one side of the room, downplaying its presence, with the prep areas out of sight, in the new appliance pantry. “We were able to reconfigure the rear walls to assimilate the appliance pantry on the right, by the kitchen, and powder room to the left, near the stairs. Both ancillary spaces are hidden Above left: Created by designer Kim Duffin, this multi-use space benefits from a restrained palette and natural finishes that draw the various areas together. With bifolding doors opened, the indoors and outdoors merge. A glass backsplash, vertical herb garden and exterior cladding on the alfresco walls add to the effect. Above: An appliance pantry and a powder room are set behind cabinet panels at the rear of the room. search | save | share at 87