The kitchen isn’t just for cook­ing up a storm— this gath­er­ing place de­serves to be as stylish as the rest of your home

Singapore Tatler Homes - - JUN/JUL ISSUE -

Make this culi­nary space a gath­er­ing hub as stylish as the rest of your abode

No longer solely a func­tional room in which to pre­pare food, the kitchen is now used for din­ing as well as a stage for en­ter­tain­ing. Even with lim­ited space it’s pos­si­ble to cre­ate a prac­ti­cal area that’s sexy and invit­ing—it’s es­sen­tial, par­tic­u­larly for a kitchen that’s part of an open-plan de­sign. Syd­ney-based in­te­rior de­signer Greg Natale says the kitchen should be treated the same as the rest of the home when it comes to de­sign cre­ativ­ity and there­fore “de­serves stylish pieces of fur­ni­ture and dec­o­ra­tive touches, just like ev­ery other room”. El­e­ments that can help achieve this in­clude a kitchen is­land, dec­o­ra­tive light­ing, pan­elling on the cab­i­netry and in­te­grated ap­pli­ances that are con­cealed neatly be­hind doors, all of which en­sure a seam­less look. “When you’re work­ing with the lim­ited space of an apart­ment, the kitchen is in­evitably close to ev­ery­thing else—so it re­ally needs to look like part of the liv­ing space,” says Natale. Ed Ong of Sin­ga­pore’s The Kitchen So­ci­ety em­pha­sises the need for cre­at­ing a kitchen that is not just func­tional but one you en­joy us­ing: “If you are an avid cook, the kitchen should be de­signed and or­gan­ised to serve you well.” For in­stance, open shelves keep recipe books within easy reach, while dec­o­rat­ing your kitchen space.


For fin­ishes, a hot trend at the mo­ment is the use of sub­tle tex­tu­ral dif­fer­ences that give depth in or­der to break up the mo­not­o­nous nature of sur­faces, ac­cord­ing to Daniele Brutto of Lon­don-based Hub Kitchens. “There’s a move to­wards us­ing nat­u­ral, ex­otic stones in con­tem­po­rary kitchen de­signs,” she says. “We are now start­ing to ex­per­i­ment with this nat­u­ral look on stark, clean mod­ern cab­i­netry—with amaz­ing re­sults.” Frank Le­ung of Via Ar­chi­tec­ture in Hong Kong con­curs; he says that lit­tle can beat stone, or ceramic con­trast­ing with metal and tim­ber, for un­der­stated el­e­gance in a kitchen. “We’re see­ing a lot of cool stone sur­faces matched with warm tim­ber or glass with cop­per ac­cents, such as the Miele Art­line in Graphite Grey and my favourite, Vin­cent Van Duy­sen for Dada,” he says.


Old-fash­ioned whites or stain­less steels just aren’t where it’s at for kitchens right now. Natale says many peo­ple are in­creas­ingly choos­ing black be­cause it pro­vides a dra­matic ef­fect, and works beau­ti­fully in clas­sic or con­tem­po­rary spa­ces. In ad­di­tion, he says coloured cab­i­netry is be­com­ing a hot trend, with inky blues and sage greens as top choices. “They bring a new depth and vivid­ness to kitchen de­signs,” he says. “I like Su­per­nat­u­ral blue and Banksia green, both by Du­lux.” Mean­while, metal­lic taps in ma­te­ri­als such as brass and rose gold are on-trend for the glam­our and luxe gleam they bring. His favourite brands are Smeg and Miele for “their qual­ity and per­for­mance lev­els, com­bined with a slick aes­thetic”. Eg­gers­mann, Dada and Poggen­pohl are some brands that of­fer el­e­gance, good pro­por­tions and at­trac­tive fin­ishes, ac­cord­ing to Le­ung. For taps and faucets, he opts for Dorn­bracht be­cause the qual­ity and de­sign are time­less, while el­e­gant ap­pli­ances by Gagge­nau and Miele are “the re­sult of years of ex­pe­ri­ence in en­gi­neer­ing high-qual­ity prod­ucts”. When it comes to seat­ing, ban­quettestyles in linen fab­ric are a good choice be­cause they wear well and have a ca­sual yet chic feel, ac­cord­ing to Natale, who likes leather up­hol­stery be­cause it al­ways ap­pears so­phis­ti­cated, and is a prac­ti­cal choice. He fre­quently uses fab­rics from Schu­macher and leather from Spin­ney­beck.


RIGHT Or­gan­ise cook­ware by hang­ing them above the is­land, as seen in this kitchen by Mar­tyn Lawrence Bullard De­sign OP­PO­SITE PAGE Pas­tel kitchen cab­i­netry pairs beau­ti­fully with metal­lic ac­cents on the ap­pli­ances, high­lighted with light­ing from Gubi; use open shelves to dis­play pretty porce­lain plates, such as these chic finds from Wedg­wood (avail­able at Heap Seng) and Su­per­mama

LEFT TO RIGHT Splurge on time­less ac­ces­sories, such as a gleam­ing Alessi Cha ket­tle, and cool cut­ting boards from Ferm Liv­ing; mix rus­tic, un­fin­ished wood cab­i­netry with con­tem­po­rary fur­nish­ings for a dy­namic look

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