HOME Magazine NZ - - Design Notebook - Ar­chi­tect . . . . . . Guy Tar­rant Text ............ Suzan­neDale Pho­tog­ra­phy . . Pa­trick Reynolds Lo­ca­tion . . . . . . . Pt Che­va­lier, Auck­land Brief . . . . . . . . . . . . A kitchen as a back­drop to the main liv­ing area; a piece of fur­ni­ture within the s

An ar­chi­tect’s de­sign bears sim­i­lar­i­ties to his for­mer kitchen – and for all the right rea­sons.

The kitchen is de­tailed yet re­strained. What pleases you most about it? We love the com­bi­na­tion of oak, mar­ble and granite with the brick wall. You’ve used clerestory win­dows through­out. Why do they work so well here? They cre­ate an ever-chang­ing play of light and frame views of the sky and sur­round­ing trees. The mood of the kitchen changes dra­mat­i­cally from morn­ing to af­ter­noon as the sun shifts through the space. The kitchen sits in a gen­er­ous space – was there a temp­ta­tion to take it fur­ther into the curve of the build­ing? That was al­ways an op­tion but we didn’t want to in­trude on the pure form of the curve or the gen­er­ous din­ing area. Ul­ti­mately, we will prob­a­bly ex­tend the rear bench with a side­board. This kitchen al­most repli­cates the one in your pre­vi­ous home – was it a case of leave well alone? There were sev­eral things about our pre­vi­ous home that were par­tic­u­larly suc­cess­ful and one of them was the kitchen plan. Plus, we couldn’t go past the com­bi­na­tion of the ma­te­ri­als, which are prac­ti­cal as well as beau­ti­ful. What were the prac­ti­cal con­sid­er­a­tions? We wanted gen­er­ous amounts of bench space, a well-planned walk-in pantry plus a sep­a­rate china store, and plenty of drawer space, which we’ve found to be the most prac­ti­cal stor­age op­tion.

Bench­tops Honed black granite from Ital­ian Stone, stain­less steel. Cab­i­netry Amer­i­can oak by Form De­sign. Dish­washer Miele. Fridge-freezer Fisher & Paykel. Hob Bosch. Oven Miele. Splash­back ‘Alarti’ mar­ble tiles from Arte­do­mus. Tap­ware Dorn­bracht.

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