A crisp, clear de­sign in Hawke’s Bay in­spired by the view.

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Five spa­ces shine the spot­light on de­sign

Ar­chi­tect . . . . . . Clark­son Ar­chi­tects De­signer . . . . . . . Leanne Lark­ing Text ............ Pen­nyLewis Styling . . . . . . . . Amelia Holmes Pho­tog­ra­phy . . Sam Hart­nett Location . . . . . . . Waimarama, Hawke’s Bay Brief . . . . . . . . . . . . A kitchen in a beach house for the de­signer’s longterm clients.

Kitchen de­signer Leanne Lark­ing’s re­la­tion­ship with her clients, the own­ers of this beach house at Waimarama, goes back 10 years. Lark­ing de­signed the kitchen in their former home, an art deco house in Have­lock North. It was ren­o­vated by lo­cals Clark­son Ar­chi­tects, who also de­signed this new-build beach house. The brief for this kitchen was for it to re­sem­ble the pre­vi­ous kitchen Lark­ing de­signed for them. “Sim­i­lar to the last, this has clean lines and fa­mil­iar treat­ments such as stone, which wraps the is­land. In this case, the stone also wraps the range­hood and rear bench­top,” says Lark­ing. Called ‘Su­per White’ by Stone Ital­iana, it has a soft, matte ap­pear­ance and sub­tle grain. The 20mm-thick bench­top ties in well with ta­pered de­tail­ing in the drawer han­dles on the is­land bench. Cabi­net fronts are MR board with a two-pack lac­quer fin­ish, colour matched to the stone. Floor-to-ceil­ing cab­i­netry con­tains two flush slid­ing doors; one with a se­ries of Blum draw­ers and ad­di­tional pantry space, the other has room for small ap­pli­ances in­clud­ing a cof­fee ma­chine, toaster and a Hy­droTap by Zenith. The oth­ers con­tain in­te­grated fridge and freezer units by Miele. Plates and cut­lery are stored in the is­land, which also con­tains an in­te­grated dish­washer and waste bins. The front of the is­land bench is an­gled – the in­spi­ra­tion came from Lark­ing’s first visit to the Waimarama site, when she saw Bare Is­land and ob­served its form. Peo­ple sit­ting on the kitchen stools can also see a re­flec­tion of Bare Is­land in the splash­back. Con­tin­u­ing in their col­lab­o­ra­tion, Lark­ing is now work­ing on an­other project with the same clients and the same ar­chi­tect. “It’s one we’re all ex­cited about,” she says.

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