Shayne Le Roy bringing black back
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.