Clever kitchens

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The spot­light on five smart set-ups

A beach re­treat re­quires an ef­fi­cient space to cater for its own­ers and their guests.

This house is used as a re­treat for the own­ers, friends and fam­ily – how did this in­flu­ence the kitchen de­sign? Tell us about the tim­ber used here. How did you bring it all to­gether? There’s a lot of tim­ber in the house and lot of align­ment of tim­bers so there needed to be a con­trast be­tween cab­i­netry and wall and ceil­ing sur­faces. The con­trast was cre­ated through the solid tim­ber sur­face of the kitchen cab­i­netry and the board de­tail­ing of walls and ceil­ing sur­faces. The lay­out needed to be log­i­cal and ef­fi­cient and a space that ev­ery­one could be part of. For in­stance, there’s an ex­pan­sive, can­tilevered bench so peo­ple can pull up a stool and sit any­where around it. Mean­while, oth­ers help­ing in the kitchen can eas­ily work around them with­out get­ting trapped. How have you han­dled stor­age? How im­por­tant was it to you to use nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als, given the beach set­ting? It has been in­te­grated into the kitchen with the use of cre­ative fix­tures, such as fold­ing, slid­ing doors open­ing spa­ces up as re­quired, then clos­ing them off as de­sired. We en­joy us­ing nat­u­ral prod­ucts in all of our projects. With the set­ting, we def­i­nitely wanted the project to blend in with the en­vi­ron­ment for many years to come.

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