Shayne Le Roy bring­ing black back

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THERE is more than meets the eye at this show-stop­ping Ned­lands pad. It is a rel­a­tively small space, so de­signer Shayne Le Roy drew in­spi­ra­tion from Man­hat­tan to cre­ate a func­tional space primed for en­ter­tain­ing.

Black glass, black ap­pli­ances and sharp lines cre­ate an ul­tra mod­ern-look, with in­te­grated ap­pli­ances to achieve ab­so­lute sleek­ness. Crisp ivory walls max­imise the im­pact of this darker colour pal­ette.

“White kitchens have been done over an­dover again but this black kitchen is equally as so­phis­ti­cated,” Shayne said.

But a beau­ti­fully de­signed kitchen is not just about good looks. Both form and func­tion is re­quired.

A scullery, tucked be­hind the main open-plan kitchen, means that messy food prepa­ra­tion and dirty dishes can be kept out of sight of the en­ter­tain­ing area.

Ad­di­tion­ally, the home’s full out­door kitchen is equipped­with ev­ery­thing from cut­lery and plates to ap­pli­ances de­signed specif­i­cally to with­stand the out­doors and sealed to pro­tect against in­sects. This in­cludes an out­door dish­washer, wine cab­i­nets and fridge draw­ers.

Shayne saidhe was hugely ex­cited by the in­no­va­tions in kitchen tech­nol­ogy, which were be­com­ing in­creas­ingly ac­ces­si­ble in Perth. He took Res­i­den­tial on a tour of Win­ning Ap­pli­ances’ Os­borne Park show­room to il­lus­trate how far tech­nol­ogy has come.

Mi­crowaves were be­com­ing ob­so­lete, he said, due to combi-steam ovens that do not just re­heat last night’s leftovers but “re­gen­er­ate” them. Pizza and crumbed fish stay juicy on the inside, crispy on the out­side. Th­ese ovens can also roast, steam, de­frost, slow cook and keep dishes warm with­out los­ing mois­ture or crisp­ness. The new VZug combi-steam oven (priced from $4990) has steam cir­cu­lat­ing within 30 seconds.

The hum­ble ket­tle is also at risk of be­com­ing re­dun­dant as Aus­tralians em­braced Zip taps. The new­est sys­tems re­quire min­i­mal un­der­bench space and pro­vide an in­stant sup­ply of boil­ing and cold, fil­tered wa­ter (priced from $2500). There is even an op­tion for on-tap sparkling wa­ter. Al­ter­na­tively, Franke’s Pyra LED tap pro­gres­sively changes from blue to redas the wa­ter heats up – a great safety fea­ture for chil­dren.

In re­sponse to in­creased de­mand for sleek, han­dle-free kitchens, Miele and Gagge­nau have come out with ap­pli­ance de­signs that do away with han­dles com­pletely.

Dish­wash­ers and ovens are in­stead opened by knock­ing on the door or touch­ing the screen.

De­signer Shayne Le Roy.

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