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Geometric forms define this kitchen by Colin Wright, who teamed precast concrete panels with cabinets in oak and white lacquer. To read more, turn to pages 14-17. Photography by Sue Stubbs.


COLOUR & MATERIALS Black and tan This kitchen has two faces – that of a practical family workspace, together with all the gloss and presence appropriate to entertaining


Bold composition Compact though it may be, this highly functional kitchen still makes a strong design statement


It’s a wrap Stainless steel bands bind the crisp cabinetry in this new kitchen, bringing a bold, contemporary edge to an older bungalow


TRADITIONAL KITCHENS Serene and spacious Taking design cues from the 1900s home, this family kitchen also offers modern accents and plent of work space


Simply French Shades of vanilla and warm wood tones bring a French Country look to this kitchen


With a classical flavour Diamond-patterned glass and hand-painted cabinets ensure this new kitchen is in keep with the character of an older home


Past and present This Biedermeier-style kitchen achieves an easy balance between tradition and modernity


HEART OF THE HOME Twice as good With a fully equipped working scullery tucked out of sight, this kitchen is essentially two in one


Gathered together This family kitchen celebrates the eclectic tastes of its owners, with a variety of elements chosen for their iconic forms


Shining example Designed by an architect for his own home, this kitchen offers a lesson in how to achieve distinctive looks with innovative practicality


Centre of attention This expansive indoor-outdoor kitchen and living space combines a relaxed aesthetic with a show-stopping illuminated surface


PROJECT PORTFOLIO Personality plus Innovative design and a creative mix of textures and materials enliven this new, high-end German kitchen


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Surface attraction These kitchen projects address materials, tones and textures to create design connections that bring the spaces to life

Black and tan This project has two faces – that of a practical family workspace, together with all the gloss and presence appropriate to entertaining


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With benchtops and cabinets creating the lion’s share of the impact in a kitchen, it’s worth taking your time and making material choices carefully. For example, just as a sparkling black cocktail dress instantly conjures up evening glamour, so will glossy black cabinetry. As the owners of this kitchen have four children and an energetic social life, they asked designer Jasmine McClelland to create a seamless blend of family functionality and entertainment chic. The kitchen successfully meets both these needs through careful space planning, the

choice of finishes, and attention to day-to-day functionality. “In a sense, this kitchen hides in plain sight,” says McClelland. “To downplay the functional aspects in visual terms, we created three main divisions and elements. The central, self-contained bar area, set into the wall, is ideally situated for parties. It is close to the island, which can act as a serving counter, and is only a couple of steps from the dining table. “The large island looks much like a piece of furniture or a sculpture in its own right, and the perimeter workspace that runs along in front of

the window resembles a deep window sill. This benchtop retreats into a passageway that leads to the laundry and the back door. Most of the storage and appliances are integrated into this area, out of sight of the open living spaces.” The kitchen’s dual roles are reflected in the materials as well. Warm caramel-coloured TrueGrain Veneer on the cabinet fronts contrasts with the sleek sheen of the Quantum Quartz in Gobi Black on the island and bar area. The niche below the cantilevered benchtop is in the same veneer as the perimeter cabinets, and the dark stone is complemented by black blinds and

Preceding pages: Rich orange wood veneer balances jet black engineered stone in this open-plan kitchen by designer Jasmine McClelland. These colours are continued through the home, including in the entry foyer. The concrete floor was specified in a warm, grey tone and complements the predominating cabinet tones. These pages: The cantilevered island benchtop echoes the custom stainless steel rangehood designed by McClelland.

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Above: The polished benchtops and rangehood bounce light around the space. Cantilevering the bench was a way to play down the presence of the island. Right: With the cooktop set flush, and in the same colour, the perimeter benchtop could be mistaken for a long, deep window ledge. Horizontality is emphasised throughout the design.


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Interior designer and kitchen designer: Jasmine McClelland HIA, KBDI, BDAV, AEDA, Jasmine McClelland Design (Burnley, Vic) Kitchen manufacturer: Sunset Kitchens Cabinetry: True Grain Veneer in Caramel, 2-pack satin in Dulux Black Benchtop: Quantum Quartz in Gobi Black Splashback: Glass Starphire in Dulux Black Lighting: Halo Spot III, Triple bank Gino Silver Hardware: Blum Servo-Drive touch catches, Blum Orga-Line TandemBox motorised roller door; Häfele floormounted accessory pull Sink: Franke Kubus Custom rangehood: Qasair Refrigeration: Fisher & Paykel; Vintec; Brema Cooktop and ovens: Gaggenau Dishwasher: Fisher & Paykel, available from Kitchen Things Awards: KBDI Large Kitchen of the Year, Victoria 2013 Story by Charles Moxham Photography by Andrew Ashton

pendant light fittings. This black and tan palette continues throughout the home, including the entry foyer behind a glass wall and in the cabinetry upstairs. The three sections of the kitchen connect with each other visually in other ways, too. “To create aesthetic balance, the custom rangehood extends the length of the benchtop beneath. Together with the suspended, cantilevered island bench, this creates a luminous and dynamic room,” says McClelland. And despite its size, the hood also plays something of a disappearing act in its own

right. Its long, slender form is easy to overlook, and the reflective stainless steel picks up on its immediate surroundings. To address the functional requirements, practical elements are set on or near the perimeter, and all cabinets feature Blum Servo-Drive hardware. The project won the Kitchen and Bathroom Designers Institute Large Kitchen of the Year Award for 2013.

Above: Perimeter cabinetry is to the left, and storage and appliances are to the right in the practical heart of the kitchen. The laundry at the end of the corridor is painted orange to tone with the cabinetry.

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Bold composition Compact though it may be, this highly functional kitchen still makes a strong design statement With the right design, even a small kitchen can make a big impact, as this project shows. Designer Colin Wright of Porcelanosa Studio says the project was influenced by the original kitchen in the same spot. “The existing kitchen had an ungainly boxed soffit below the ceiling, and an equally unattractive corrugated steel splashback. Because we didn’t


know if these elements were concealing services and ducting, I chose to incorporate a wall cavity to allow for any potential obstacles, and the repositioning of all services.” The timber framing was clad with concrete panels that resemble a rendered concrete wall. This complements the new concrete floor, enhancing the minimalist, industrial look the owners wanted.

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To bring a sculptural feel to the wall, Wright introduced a long niche, and extended the lower concrete wall beyond the upper panelling. “This helps to dovetail the kitchen with the dining area,” he says. The cabinetry, which is by Porcelanosa Group, reinforces the sculptural look – a long peninsula turns at right angles to create an L-shaped work

top. The main cabinets feature a dark Marengo oak veneer, while the peninsula and overhead cabinets are a matt white lacquer. Together they create a strong visual composition. “The peninsula sits on a narrow aluminium frame, but is supported by steel within the cabinetry,” says Wright. “However, the overall effect is of a light, floating element that is nicely juxtaposed with

the owners’ heavy, rustic wood dining table. The effect is enhanced by negative detailing on the Corian benchtop – an aluminium strip runs beneath the benchtop, so it appears to float. This also meant we could have recessed pulls on the doors to keep the look very streamlined.” Storage is maximised by the cabinetry and high-end hardware systems.

Facing page and above: Geometric forms define this new kitchen designed by Colin Wright, who teamed precast concrete wall panels with cabinets by Porcelanosa Group in Marengo oak and white lacquer. A bench seat at one end creates a perching spot for family and guests. Left: A long niche in the concrete panelling enhances the kitchen’s sculptural look and provides a handy shelf. The overhead cabinets have lift-up doors.

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Kitchen designer: Colin Wright, Porcelanosa Studio (Sydney) Kitchen manufacturer: Porcelanosa Studio Cabinetry: Gamadecor by Porcelanosa Group featuring Marengo oak and matt white lacquer Hardware: Hettich Storage systems: Kesseböhmer Le Mans Benchtops: Corian by Manooga Sink: Barazza Tapware: Hansgrohe Flooring: Concrete by Concreative Oven, cooktop, refrigeration and dishwasher: Miele, available from Kitchen Things Ventilation: St George Award: KBDI NSW Kitchen Design of the Year – Medium Kitchen 2013 Story by Colleen Hawkes Photography by Sue Stubbs

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Left: The peninsula element is supported by concealed steel and a fine aluminium frame. The floating effect is further enhanced by a narrow Corian benchtop and negative detailing – there is a solid aluminium strip running right around the cabinetry beneath the benchtop. Keeping the floor clear makes the entire space seem larger.


It’s a wrap Stainless steel bands bind the crisp cabinetry in this new kitchen, bringing a bold, contemporary edge to an older bungalow


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A major home renovation can provide plenty of scope for creativity, especially when space is not an issue. For the owners of this older bungalow, which was extended up and out, the remodelling created room for a new kitchen within a spacious family area. Designers Melanie Craig and Stacey Anderson of Melanie Craig Design say the owners love to entertain and wanted something modern and a little different. “They wanted a kitchen that spoke design, rather than a standard kitchen

in the corner of the room,” Craig says. “They were happy to let us explore various options and materials. The extension incorporates exposed structural steel elements, which prompted the decision to go for a slightly industrial look. “The starting point for the design was the 5mm compressed stainless steel material, which we have used in several projects. Here, we decided to wrap it around the end of the cabinets, rather like a giant rubber band. At one stage we even considered using bands of yellow

rubber, but then chose to introduce colour through bright lemon accessories that can be changed out if required in the future.” A dark Caesarstone island benchtop and concrete flooring reinforce the industrial look, but these elements are offset by light American oak cabinets and smooth white lacquer. “The timber warms the space visually,” says the designer. “It gives the kitchen personality, and helps to ensure it interacts with the wider living area and is not too hard or clinical.”

Above left: Citrus lemon accents contrast dark grey walls and concrete surfaces in this kitchen, which is in a new extension to a 60-year-old bungalow. The team from Melanie Craig Design also introduced contemporary lacquer and American oak cabinetry, with cantilevered elements wrapped in bands of 5mm compressed stainless steel. Above: The stainless steel wrapping the cabinetry is reminiscent of giant rubber bands. To enhance the crisp look, the cabinetry has mitred corners.

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Kitchen designer: Melanie Craig and Stacey Anderson, Melanie Craig Design (Wanaka) Kitchen manufacturer: Alan Paterson Joinery Cabinetry: Lacquer in Black White; American oak veneer Benchtops: Caesarstone Raven; stainless steel Splashback: Colourbacked glass Hardware and storage systems: Blum Tandembox Lighting: Melanie Craig Design Flooring: Concrete Oven, cooktop, refrigerator and dishwasher: Fisher & Paykel, available from Kitchen Things Ventilation: Powerpack Paints: Resene Story by Colleen Hawkes Photography by Jamie Cobel

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As well as the asymmetry created by the banded ends of the cabinets, there is a change in levels on the rear benchtop. “Rather than having a tall oven tower like a standing soldier, we prefer to elevate ovens side-by-side at waist height – like a traditional tallboy,” says Craig. “This makes the ovens much more accessible, and creates a place on top for hot dishes to rest, which keeps the cooking zone free.” The designers say the kitchen is divided into a number of zones. “We like to work with a working star

rather than the traditional work triangle,” says Craig. “There are separate zones for food preparation, cooking, cleaning and storage. Everything is right where it is needed, and drawers are customised for cutlery, utensils, oils and spices.” The design team placed the refrigerator near the door in the scullery, where it can be accessed by the family without entering the main kitchen. The scullery itself is large enough to be a separate food prep and cleanup area, making it easy for several people to work.

Facing page: Side-by-side ovens are elevated for easy accessibility. They sit within an American oak cabinet that is also wrapped in stainless steel. This provides a resting place for hot dishes. The overhead cabinets have a high-gloss finish and feature Blum Aventos lift doors – all the hardware is also Blum. Above left: The adjoining scullery provides additional bench space and storage, and a second sink and dishwasher. Above: Large sliding doors open up the family room to the outdoors.

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In the details Classic architectural detailing and expansive work areas evoke a refined, airy aesthetic in these kitchens

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Serene and spacious Taking design cues from the 1900s home, this family kitchen also offers modern accents and plenty of work space


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In days gone by, kitchens were not intended to accommodate the entire family at once. Today, even the most traditional kitchen will offer one important, modern plus – plenty of room to move. This light-filled kitchen by designer Davinia Sutton replaces a cramped, dark work space that accommodated only one person at a time. In its place, the owners wanted a family-friendly kitchen that would have sightlines to the outdoors, and be in keeping with the home’s early 1900s architecture, says Sutton. “To create a space with character, outlooks

and a communal area for everyone to gravitate to, we designed the kitchen in an L shape,” she says. “The cooktop sits within an element reminiscent of a chimney breast, a focal point of the design. This steps out from the surrounding cabinets and has soft curves, picking up on the Art Nouveau detailing seen elsewhere in the home. These curves feature are on all the upper cabinetry as well.” The mantelpiece not only draws the eye, it also conceals the rangehood. Most of the other appliances, apart from the wall ovens, are also integrated, to optimise the old-world feel.

Preceding pages and above: Open to French doors and views to the garden, this family kitchen by Davinia Sutton merges traditional detailing with modern convenience. Classic Shaker door panels, tongueand-groove finishes and a furniturestyle island all contribute to a sense of permanence. Most cabinetry drawers and the crockery niche are in solid American oak. In contrast, the benchtops are in contemporary engineered stone.

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Kitchen designer: Davinia Sutton (Christchurch) Cabinetry: American white oak, perimeter cabinets painted in Resene Thorndon Cream, with island in Resene Double Ash Hardware: Blum Handles: Häfele Benchtop: Perimeter in Caesarstone Raven; island in Caesarstone Organic White Splashback: Caesarstone Raven Sink basket: Sanco Ovens, hob, warming drawer and refrigeration: Miele, available from Kitchen Things Microwave: Sharp Dishwasher: Asko, available from Kitchen Things Rangehood: Qasair Floors: American white oak Story by Charles Moxham Photography by Jamie Cobel

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Another request from the owners was that the kitchen have a furniture-like appeal. To this end, there are column legs on the island ,and the front and sides are in tongue-and-groove, as are the walls above the splashbacks. Hand-painted Shaker-style doors contribute to the overall effect, along with traditional chrome pulls for the cabinetry handles. The bespoke open crockery storage rack is another feature. It has a solid oak interior, and most linings and drawers are also constructed in solid wood – the owners wanted a kitchen that would last 20 years, says the designer.

“They did not want a farmhouse style, but asked for a traditional design with practical modern touches. These include the gleaming engineered stone benchtops, the clean-lined glass pendants over the island, and the wall ovens, which are set to one side. “This kitchen can comfortably accommodate several people at once, with the island used for prepping, eating and homework, and the side counter designated for cleanup and cooking.” The cool, monochromatic colour scheme is balanced by the warmth of the American white oak floors, which match the cabinet interiors.

Facing page top: The hob area is the centrepiece of the kitchen, standing proud of adjoining cabinetry and with the look of a traditional hearth. Facing page lower: Sutton designed the kitchen with plenty of room between work areas, so several family members could use it at once. Above left: There is a wealth of storage on the island, with all drawers built in solid oak. This is sink-free, at a request of the owners.

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Simply French Shades of vanilla and warm wood tones bring a French Country look to this kitchen

Above: The island in this kitchen features ample storage in the form of concealed cabinets and drawers at either end. The creamy painted cabinetry wears a distressed finish that suggests age. Right: Open shelving provides extra storage and gives a prominent place to display pieces of china, adding to the French Country feel. Natural light enhances the finish of the walls and the sheen of the granite benchtops.


Matching a kitchen to the architectural style and decor of a house makes good design sense, but it’s equally important to ensure the space is highly functional, with easy connections to adjacent rooms. Before this renovation by kitchen designer Pauline Stockwell and interior designer Heather Thorley, the kitchen was closed off from the casual lounge and formal family room on either side. A large dining table made movement around the kitchen awkward, and the lack of storage and bench space also needed to be addressed, says Stockwell. “For the new design, the homeowners wanted to improve functionality, while retaining the traditional French Provincial theme that was in keeping with the rest of the house. It was also important to open up the space so it could become the social hub of the home. “The kitchen was blocked off from the casual living room by cabinetry and a refrigerator – the ceiling beam shows where it was situated. The cabinetry was removed to improve circulation and make the space more inviting.” In its place, a double-sided shelving unit was installed, adding to the French Country aesthetic and providing extra storage space. A new island also provided more storage and maximised the available bench space. “The owners have two children, and wanted the kitchen to be the heart of the home,” says Stockwell. “Introducing an island means cooking has become a more social activity. And opening the space up has created a gathering place for family and friends.” In keeping with the French Provincial theme, the colour palette is neutral with a few tonal variations for the sake of visual cohesion. The cabinetry was given a distressed, aged look, and is complemented by the decorative finish on the walls, which suggests the colour and texture of old-world plaster.

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Kitchen designer: Pauline Stockwell CKD/CBDNZ, Pauline Stockwell Design (Wellington) Interior designer: Heather Thorley, Colour Options Kitchen manufacturer: Hughes Joinery Cabinets: Recessed panels with distressed paint effect Benchtops: Granite by Bramco; Blackwood by Hughes Joinery Range: Falcon Toledo with induction cooktop, available from Kitchen Things Refrigeration: Miele Dishwasher: Fisher & Paykel Hardware: Blum Tandembox Bar stools: David Shaw Furniture Story by Ellen Dorset Photography by Jamie Cobel

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Left: To make use of space, the refrigerator-freezer sits along the back wall and is integrated into the cabinetry. The formal lounge is situated just behind the kitchen. Stockwell devised a layout that flows around a kitchen island, which ties in with the cabinetry and floors. Above: Before the renovation, the casual lounge was blocked off from the kitchen by cabinetry. With this removed, the space connects easily to the adjacent living rooms.


With a classical flavour Diamond-patterned glass and hand-painted cabinets ensure this new kitchen is in keeping with the gracious character of an older home


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Successfully merging the old with the new was the key to this extensive renovation. The existing house – a grand, three-storey 1960s home on a prime riverside site – has been completely remodelled inside and out. Not surprisingly, a new kitchen is at the heart of the home. Designer Lee Hardcastle of Enigma Interiors says the original kitchen was smaller and

did not lend itself to modern living. “It was rather hidden and it was an awkward space. The owners, Andrew and Karen Baildon, wanted to make a statement with their new kitchen. It needed to be beautiful and uncluttered, with a separate work area at the rear.” The ground floor area was subsequently remodelled and several walls removed to

create a spacious kitchen and open-ended scullery within an extra-large family living area that opens up to the outdoors. Hardcastle says it was important to maintain the traditional character of the older home. “The owners have always admired the Art Deco period, and this greatly influenced the design,” he says. “The home already boasted large columns

Above left: Simple, hand-painted cabinets in dark grey and off-white enhance the traditional Art Deco look of this new kitchen in an older home. Wherever possible, appliances are integrated – a large refrigerator drawer on the side of the island serves as a butler’s pantry. Top and above: The kitchen also features decorative display cabinets with diamond-patterned glass – the motif can also be seen above the range and below the banquette seat.

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and archways, timber floors and Art Deco detailing.” Hardcastle, who worked closely with Karen Baildon on the project, says she had collected many images, mostly featuring American projects. “Many of these designs expressed a Georgian feel. This also helped to determine the design of the hand-painted cabinetry, which features simple recessed panel doors


and fluted glass display cabinets with a distinctive diamond pattern. “The cabinets even show slight brush marks, which ensures they can be touched up easily if needed.” Hardcastle says a central island was another request – as well as providing plenty of bench space, this needed to accommodate dining seating and bar stools.

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The L shape evolved from these requirements. One end of the island forms a bar top, while velvet banquette seating wraps the inside of the L. The exposed peninsula on the island is supported by a square-edged column on a pedestal base. A similar base features on the banquette seating – this is highlighted by a subtle repetition of the diamond motif.

“We also introduced this pattern to the wall above the range,” says the designer. “And the motif reappears on display cabinets in the scullery, which can be seen from the kitchen. This provides visual balance, but the pattern is used sparingly so that it doesn’t overwhelm the space.” In keeping with the need to retain a traditional character, all the modern appliances are

integrated or concealed in the scullery. The bank of cabinets on the side wall conceal a large refrigerator and freezer, while the island hides a dishwasher and a large refrigerator drawer. But a traditional black Falcon range takes pride of place in a hearth-style cooking centre. White subway tiles line the splashback and the outside walls of the centre, creating a highly practical surface.

Interior designer: Lee Hardcastle, Enigma Interiors (Brisbane, Qld) Kitchen manufacturer: Enigma Interiors Cabinetry: Lacquered doors and panels with diamond beading to upper glass doors; under island section in Half Fuscous Grey; other sections in Alabaster Hardware: Blum Metabox with Blumotion soft-close drawers Benchtops: Honed Carrara marble to island; Jet Black polished granite on perimeter

Sink: Parisi Butlers style Blinds: Mokum by Catherine Martin Fabrics Water dispensers: Zip Range: Falcon, available from Kitchen Things Story by Colleen Hawkes Photography by Lee Hardcastle

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Above left: A large black Falcon range is accommodated within a semi-freestanding cooking centre. The scullery can be accessed from either side of this unit – tiled walls wrap around the corners, providing a practical surface. Above: Rather than introduce modern modular shelving to the scullery, designer Lee Hardcastle create three stand-alone units that appear as furniture inserts within the wall behind the cooking centre.

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Above: Pendants with fabric shades cast a soft light on the mainly cherry wood Biedermeier-style kitchen created by designer Jennifer Gilmer. Right: The wall-height cabinetry includes several ovens, including his-and-hers microwaves.


Past and present This Biedermeier-style kitchen achieves an easy balance between tradition and modernity Biedermeier was an influential furniture style popular in Germany from 1815 to the late 1840s. Based on utilitarian principles, and celebrating Neo-classical design, it is noted for a generous use of wood and pared-back detailing. Today, such features evoke a more transitional flavour and the Biedermeier look translates well into classic and modern homes. This was the style the clients requested when commissioning Jennifer Gilmer for this dramatic remodel. The existing kitchen had a large obstructive island and white laminate cabinets that had become outdated, says Gilmer. “As the kitchen doubles as a through space, I replaced the single island with two units to create an easy flow from the entry to the dining room. At right angles to this, there is a strong central axis from the dining room entrance to the double-height Palladian window opposite.” Most appliances, including a television, are at one end of the kitchen, while the large range and custom hood are at the other. “We took the graceful curve of the central window as our inspiration and repeated this in the arc on the alcove that houses the television, as a decorative element on the hood, and again in a similar design feature on the rear wall,” says Gilmer. “Because the kitchen gets plenty of light, the cherry wood cabinetry doesn’t look too heavy. Dark beading on most of the door panels also helps offset the expanses of wood, as do the white benchtops on the islands. However, we chose black granite for the perimeter benchtops, as more white surfaces would have detracted from the richness of the Biedermeier style.” For the same reason, Gilmer specified the eye-catching tile splashback in a predominantly black hue with a white trim. “The work triangles are efficient, and with cabinets on three walls and more in both islands, this kitchen offers plenty of storage.”

Above: An integrated refrigerator is set on the outer corner of the kitchen for speedy access. Following pages: Strong lines and shallow door panels give the dark cabinets a more modern sensibility. Glass fronts further lighten the presence of the richly grained wood.

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Kitchen designer: Jennifer Gilmer CKD, Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath (Chevy Chase, MD) Kitchen manufacturer: Premier Custom Built, Inc Cabinetry: Frameless, plywood in quarter-figured cherry with Rosewood finish; doors, full overlay Classic III Wood with black bead panel trim Builder: Eriksen Armstrong Corporation Hardware: Hettich Benchtops: Quartz, black granite Refrigerator, freezer and refrigerator drawers: Sub-Zero Cooktop, griddle, oven, speed oven, microwave and dishwasher: Miele Rangehood: Custom, by Premier Custom Built, Inc; insert by Rangecraft Sinks and taps: Franke Waste disposal: InSinkErator Story by Charles Moxham Photography by Eric Hausman

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Top left: The dining room side of the kitchen includes a writing station. Top right: Benchtops in black granite complement the red cherry. Lower left: The black beading was left off some rear cabinets for variety. Lower right: A sunburst pattern created by piecing together wood strips decorates the hood. The soft curve echoes that of the Palladian window and is also used elsewhere.


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Hamptons chic Glass display cabinets, Shaker-style doors and fluted columns re-create a US Eastern Seaboard look for this Wonderful Kitchens project


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Think of the Hamptons on Long Island and it’s easy to conjure up an image of laid-back luxury and summer socialising. It’s an image that’s also associated with a particular look – one re-created in this new kitchen designed and manufactured by Wonderful Kitchens. Designer Fred Tabet says the clients have a strong passion for American architecture, and have designed and furnished the rest of the interior to evoke the same feel. The kitchen not only brings together all the elements that capture the unique

Hamptons look, but also teams these with all the functionality required by a busy family that loves to entertain. The white cabinetry is detailed, without being over the top – there are glass display cabinets and decorative mouldings, including corbels, dentil crowns and fluted columns with Federation blocks. Wonderful Kitchens says much of its new business comes from word of mouth, and from clients who appreciate the friendly, professional service from a company that has a proven track record.

Wonderful Kitchens is a member of the NKBA and HIA; Builder License #R85006. For details, visit a Wonderful Kitchens showroom in Padstow: 127 Fairford Rd, NSW 2211, phone (02) 9772 2988; or Willoughby: 1/100 Penshurst St, NSW 2068, phone (02) 9958 6632. Alternatively, email: Web: save | share Search 42797 at

Above far left and above left: The owners of this new kitchen have a passion for American architecture that is reflected in their decision to choose a custom-designed Hamptons-style kitchen from Wonderful Kitchens. The dining table is an integral part of the island; it features fluted column legs with Federation blocks at the base. Top: Similar white cabinetry surrounds a drinks area on one side of the family room. Above: A large walk-in pantry is hidden behind bifolding doors on the other side of the room.

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Pivotal role As the centre of operations for the family, the kitchen is always in the limelight. But aesthetics don’t need to be compromised, as these projects show

Twice as good With a fully equipped working scullery tucked out of sight, this kitchen in a new home is essentially two in one Kitchens are busy family spaces, which can make it hard to marry the aesthetics with the functionality. The solution for this house, designed by Steve Gliosca of Urbane Projects, was to separate the working space from the front-of-house kitchen. “This is a very modern, clean-lined house, and the kitchen is the focal point of the living space,” Gliosca says. “For this reason, it was important not to clutter it up with meal preparation. But the owners love to entertain and needed a big


kitchen, with every modern convenience. This prompted the decision to introduce a separate large scullery behind the kitchen. “The scullery is not just a place for storage – with its 90cm freestanding oven, sink and dishwasher it can be used for total meal preparation and cleanup.” All eyes are on the glamour kitchen, however, where the centrepiece is a large island with a polished marble top and bronze mirrored panels front and back. “The colour and material palettes started with the jarrah floor, which was

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stained in Japan black,” says Gliosca. “We played with a number of different timber laminates before choosing a grey with an undertone of chocolate. But the marble slab is the hero – its colour and veining are a perfect match for the cabinetry and the Caesarstone quartz perimeter benchtops and splashback.” The marble top sits on top of a large, sculptural block, with a cut-out space that can be used for displaying accessories. “It’s a very layered look, which adds visual interest,” the designer says. “This

end of the island was also designed to provide a point of difference – you glimpse the kitchen as you walk up the adjoining stairs to the living room, and we didn’t want it to look too functional.” The main kitchen also features two banks of white lacquered cabinetry, which Gliosca framed with the timber laminate. This was extended around the corner to create a matching buffet-style area opposite the lift. The refrigerators are fully integrated, and the drawers have recessed pulls to reinforce the crisp, modern look.

Preceding pages, facing page and above: This kitchen in a new house was designed for a family who love to entertain. Managing director Steve Gliosca of Urbane Projects says the island, with its dramatic marble top and sculptural, layered form, is the hero of the kitchen. It is teamed with timber laminate and white lacquered cabinets. Left: Although the kitchen is fully equipped, it does not need to be used to prepare meals, thanks to a large working scullery hidden behind. This includes a 90cm freestanding oven, second sink and dishwasher. It also includes a home office area and provides ample storage for pantry items.

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Architectural designer: Steve Gliosca, Urbane Projects (Booragoon, WA) Kitchen manufacturer: Caruso Cabinets Cabinetry: Gloss White and Cleaf timber veneer in Dark Rovere Island front: Bronzed mirror Benchtops: Caesarstone Snow on perimeter; Bernini Pietra Grigio marble on island Sink: Franke Planar, available from Kitchen Things Sink mixer: Tonic Ovens, cooktop and dishwasher: Miele, available from Kitchen Things Ventilation: Qasair Flooring: Jarrah stained in Ebony/Black Blinds: Verosol by Curtain Bay Pendant light: Little People by Hive from Design Farm Downlights: Square white Faze; multidirectional lights on bulkhead by Halo Lighting Story by Colleen Hawkes Photography by Andrew Pritchard

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Left: A large, rectangular bulkhead mimics the shape of the island beneath, and provides multidirectional lighting for the kitchen. To enhance the floating form of the bulkhead, the uppermost section and front panel are painted in a grey shade that matches the timber laminate. The front and back panels of the island are wrapped in bronze mirrored panels that reflect the light and help to visually lighten the appearance of the island.


Gathered together This family kitchen celebrates the eclectic tastes of its owners, with a variety of elements chosen for their iconic forms


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When a kitchen is open to the living areas, the cabinetry and island are often made to look like furniture, to help blend the spaces together. But the design can go a step further, introducing elements chosen because the homeowners love each piece and want to enjoy them every day. For this kitchen in a traditional home, the owners asked designer Natalie Du Bois for a welcoming, quirky, industrial aesthetic with natural accents. The look was to be simple, with plenty of display space, says Du Bois. “This kitchen has more work areas than the original, due in part to the addition of a new

butler’s pantry, which is almost the same size as the kitchen itself. This ‘second kitchen’ offers lots of storage, a butler’s sink and dishwasher.” Most of the messier aspects of kitchen life, such as breakfast clutter, are relegated to this ancillary room, freeing up the main area for cooking and entertaining. “Another major advantage of such a large butler’s pantry is that both the owners and their two children can all use the kitchen at the same time without getting under each other’s feet. “Although most pieces here were chosen because the clients liked them individually,

Above left: This kitchen reinvented by Natalie Du Bois features a variety of elements in different styles from different eras. Above: Stained wood cabinetry offers warmth and a furniture-like sensibility, appropriate to a kitchen open to the living spaces of the home. Shelving on the front of the island furthers this impression, and provides a place for the owners to display objects and store cookbooks.

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Kitchen designer: Natalie Du Bois, Du Bois Design (Auckland) Cabinetry: Stained oak veneer Splashback: Subway tiles in White Satin from Heritage Tiles Hardware, storage systems: Blum Benchtops: Stainless steel, combination of brushed and textured, by SJ Crosbie Stainless Steel; concrete benchtop by Terrazzo + Stoneworks Kitchen sink: Butler’s sink from In Residence; prep sink on island, Aoraki by Heritage Hardware Taps: Black Pan mixers with spray attachments from Robertson Oven: Falcon Excel Ventilation: Falcon 110 plus Refrigeration: Samsung Dishwasher: Asko Bins: Häfele Euro Cargo; Hideaway Bar stools: Pedro high stool by Simon James Flooring: White-painted timber Wall coverings: Aalto Prototype Lighting: Ampel pendants designed by Tim Webber, from Corporate Culture Story by Charles Moxham Photography by Jamie Cobel

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each element does connect with another,” says Du Bois. “For example, the concrete island bench, freestanding stainless steel refrigerator and perimeter benchtops, along with the black tapware and black prep sink all contribute to an industrial feel, while the butler’s sink in the pantry and subway tiles on the splashback are more traditional in flavour. “The subtle palette of grey, black, white and metal further draws the kitchen together.” The designer’s choice of wood for the island and perimeter cabinets evokes a furniture-like aesthetic when viewed from the living area, and

also brings the desired warmth to the kitchen. “In addition, we painted the timber floors white, which contrasts the darker elements, such as the cabinetry and appliances – this gives the entire kitchen a more dramatic presence.” The stepped splashback and a shelf above provide ample space for displaying objects, as does shelving on the front of the island. “Another aspect of this kitchen is that it will resist becoming out of date,” says Du Bois. “This is because so many of the elements, modern or otherwise, are design classics, including the butler’s sink and black taps.”

Facing page: A tight work triangle between refrigerator, oven and island makes for easy preparation and cooking – especially with most other functions farmed out to the pantry. Above left: With the same subway tile splashback and similar stainless steel benchtops, the butler’s pantry links with the kitchen in material terms. A dishwasher brings added functionality to the space and helps keep the kitchen clutter free.

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Shining example Designed by an architect for his own home, this kitchen offers a lesson in how to achieve distinctive looks with innovative practicality


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An architect’s own home is a window on design for the 21st century – visually it may well be a conversation piece, but it can also demonstrate true functionality. There are many innovative ideas in this kitchen designed by owner-architect Taras Wolf of Wolf Architects. But at the heart of everything is a simplicity and purity of form that ensures the kitchen merges

seamlessly with the rest of the open-plan interior. “Because of its position, the kitchen is like a watch tower for the whole house,” the architect says. “When I am polishing my classic cars in the dedicated office-display area at the opposite end of the living space, I can still talk to my wife in the kitchen. This connection was an important aspect of the design.”

Wolf specified a mix of white lacquer and walnut veneer cabinets. The doors and drawers all have recessed pulls, and the ventilation is concealed to provide flush, streamlined surfaces in keeping with the architecture. But it is the island-style peninsula that creates the kitchen‘s real centrepiece. “Caesarstone tops were chosen for durability, with an

Above left: White lacquered cabinets are contrasted by walnut veneer in this sleek, contemporary kitchen designed by architect-owner Taras Wolf. This kitchen is an integral part of a large, open-plan living area that can be opened up to the outdoors on all sides. Above: A long peninsula provides ample space for food preparation and serving. At the end of the kitchen a full-height mirrored panel bounces light back into the room.

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extra-large benchtop on the peninsula,” says Wolf. “This has a long sharknose profile that extends back 100mm, rather than the standard 40mm. The bevelled edge gives the top the look of a large serving platter, and it is often used for just this purpose.” The sharknose profile also gives the benchtop a sculptural quality – it is a floating plane that enhances the sleek lines


of the kitchen. On a practical level, it is ideal for socialising, providing a large counter for people to sit around. Wolf says he allowed extra depth on the benchtop in front of the sink, so plates can be placed there if required. A lowered bench at one end of the peninsula comprises glass over a coloured panel that can be changed should the family want a different colour accent.

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Additional bench space on the perimeter cabinets flows through to the outdoor kitchen, making it easy for food to be passed through. “Our family has an Asian heritage, and we like to do a lot of our cooking outdoors," says Wolf. “It feels as though we are in the tropics, albeit with an East meets West theme.” Other key features of the kitchen include open shelving

lined with walnut, which makes a dramatic contrast to the white cabinets. There is also a butler‘s pantry, and an appliance garage with a tambour door. For ease of use, this can be accessed both from the kitchen and butler‘s pantry. Wolf provided rubbish and recycling bins in the cabinetry – these can be emptied from outside the house.

Because the owners follow the Asian custom of removing their shoes indoors, Wolf specified tactile floor surfaces. The living area features wood floorboards while the kitchen has a polished concrete floor. With its large openings to the outdoors, the kitchen also plays a role in ventilating the house – passive design ensures it is cool in summer and warm in winter.

Architect: Taras Wolf AIA, Wolf Architects (Chadstone, Vic) Builder: David Toebelmann, Toebelmann Constructions Kitchen manufacturer: Morcraft Kitchens Flooring: Polished concrete by CRS; tectonic floorboards supplied by Eco Timber Lighting: LED, from various suppliers Doors and windows: AAA Advanced Windows Door and window hardware: Lockwood

Heating: Hydronic by H20 Kitchen cabinets: Walnut veneer; lacquered Benchtops: Caesarstone; glass Sink: Franke, available at Kitchen Things Oven, cooktop, microwave oven and refrigeration: Electrolux Ventilation: Sirius Dishwasher: Miele, available at Kitchen Things

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Above left and top: The Caesarstone peninsula benchtop has a pronounced sharknose profile. It also overhangs a glass top, which enhances the sense that the stone top is floating. Above: A butler‘s pantry provides a secondary work area. It incorporates a tambour door to an appliance garage that can also be accessed from the main kitchen. Story by Colleen Hawkes Photography by Andrew Ashton

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Centre of attention This expansive indoor-outdoor kitchen and living space combines a relaxed aesthetic with a show-stopping illuminated surface


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In a climate that allows alfresco living most months of the year, it makes sense to open up a home’s interiors to fresh air and sunshine. Designers may even go so far as to blur the line between indoors and outdoors completely. This project by kitchen designer Kim Duffin forms part of a redeveloped home in an innercity suburb. Duffin says he took the client’s initial brief and applied his own vision. “The design places a dining area, kitchen, appliance pantry, powder room and a large outdoor space at the rear of the home. We wanted to bring all these various elements together in

one large volume, in a way that would optimise space and create a connection between all zones. “The outdoor and indoor areas read as one space, separated only by large bifolding doors and a change in flooring direction. Similar tones and finishes link the two spaces visually.” The kitchen is set to one side of the room, downplaying its presence, with the prep areas out of sight, in the new appliance pantry. “We were able to reconfigure the rear walls to assimilate the appliance pantry on the right, by the kitchen, and powder room to the left, near the stairs. Both ancillary spaces are hidden

Above left: Created by designer Kim Duffin, this multi-use space benefits from a restrained palette and natural finishes that draw the various areas together. With bifolding doors opened, the indoors and outdoors merge. A glass splashback, vertical herb garden and exterior cladding on the alfresco walls add to the effect. Above: An appliance pantry and a powder room are set behind cabinet panels at the rear of the room.

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Designer: Kim Duffin CKD, CBD, Sublime Architectural Interiors (Sumner Park, Qld) Cabinetry: Laminex Domain veneer and cabinets painted in gloss to match Laminex Pearl Grey Benchtops: Reconstituted stone in Osprey Tabletop: Caesarstone in Grey Agate, with energy-efficient LED strip lighting controlled by app for iPhone or iPad Splashback: Starfire toughened glass in colour Ferric Sheen Metallic Cabinetry hardware: Blum Oven, cooktop, dishwasher: Smeg available from Kitchen Things Rangehood: Qasair Refrigerator, freezer: Liebherr Beverage centres: Vintec, available from Kitchen Things Sink: Clark Tap: Grohe Story by Charles Moxham Photography by Steve Ryan

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Above: A polished stainless steel plinth supports the table, giving it a floating appearance. Transparent acrylic chairs allow an unobstructed view of the entire tabletop. Above right: A high back on the booth seat screens clutter from diners. Perimeter cabinetry in the alfresco living area is a continuation of the indoor perimeter cabinets, but with an all-weather finish.


from view behind doors in the panelling. The refrigerator and freezer are also integrated, to the left of the appliance pantry door.” A window splashback forms a connection to the outdoors and brings additional natural light onto work surfaces. Glass fronts on the upper cabinets also help make the room feel lighter. The long, linear nature of the cabinetry is accentuated by recessed aluminium pulls. The run of cabinets continues outdoors to the alfresco area. While the finished effect is seamless, all-weather finishes have been used outside. To maximise floor space and downplay its

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presence, the island backs onto the booth seat at the head of the dining table. The raised seat back conceals kitchen clutter from diners. “The Caesarstone tabletop is the centrepiece of the kitchen,” says Duffin. “This has a clear acrylic substrate that allows the engineered stone to be side and backlit. LED lighting colours can be matched to any RGB-paint value – the possibilities are almost endless.” As the room is open to a shared driveway, laser-cut aluminium screens bring a degree of privacy. This feature is repeated on the other side the room, by the stairs.

Left: Adroit space-planning optimises flow, connections and floor space. The floor-to-ceiling panels feature mechanisms imported from Japan that allow the doors to pop out before sliding to one side. The niche on the rear wall separates the appliance pantry from the powder room, and is home to a handy beverage centre, close to dining and kitchen areas. Recessed handles on the cabinetry accentuate the long, linear design.

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Personality plus Innovative design and a creative mix of textures and materials enliven this new, high-end German kitchen from Leicht Kitchens


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Modern kitchen design often presents a strong architectural component – this is especially noticeable in high-end German kitchens, such as the one shown on these pages. The kitchen was designed and manufactured by Leicht Kitchens of Germany, a firm that has won numerous international technical and design awards since it was established in 1928.

Marc Hochstadt, senior designer of Leicht Kitchens of Germany in Sydney, says the kitchen exemplifies the innovation, precision and high functionality that define every Leicht Kitchens project. “The doors, for example, feature lacquered planked wood with a subtle horizontal grain, and a four-sided metal profile that is slightly chamfered on the inside. The

cabinetry is teamed with 20mm Caesarstone benchtops in Shitake. In contrast, the island is defined by a 60mm-thick asymmetrical framing element in Basalt Grey acrylic lacquer. “We also introduced a solid lacquered frame around the Sub-Zero refrigerators, to create a centrepiece.” Other key features include LED lighting above and below the cabinets, a glass-sided

slide-out pantry, and Leicht’s Q-Box for Drawers solid oak drawer inserts. For more details, contact Leicht Kitchens of Germany, 76 Penshurst St, Willoughby, NSW 2068, phone (02) 9967 2814. Email: enquiries.leicht@yahoo. Or visit the websites: and leichtkitchensaustralia. Or visit

Preceding pages and above: This crisp, contemporary kitchen presents the latest advances in design and technology from Europe. The kitchen was designed and manufactured by Leicht Kitchens of Germany, a company that specialises in customised high-end kitchens. Facing page: A mirrored splashback and under-cabinet LED lighting bring a touch of glamour to the main work area on the perimeter benchtop.

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In keeping with the sleek, high-end cabinetry, the owners specified a full complement of professional appliances from Sub-Zero and Wolf. The larger appliances are accommodated in the cabinetry behind the island. These include a Sub-Zero refrigerator and matching freezer, two wine refrigerators and eight large refrigerator drawers, which can be programmed to


suit the owners’ refrigeration requirements. But it’s not just the sleek aesthetics that make these appliances stand out – their functionality has also helped to make Sub-Zero a leader in the luxury brand market. Designed with an enhanced food preservation system, Sub-Zero refrigerators utilise dual refrigeration. Separate compressors maintain

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optimum conditions in the refrigerator and freezer – chilly, humid air keeps food fresh, while dry air protects frozen foods from freezer burn. Sub-Zero’s built-in refrigerators also utilise an air purification system developed by NASA, which significantly reduces odours, bacteria, viruses and ethylene gas. Wolf cooking appliances, such as those featured here,

have been satisfying the most demanding professional chefs and domestic cooks for more than 80 years. The appliances are handcrafted in the USA from extra high-quality materials, and provide precision control, which takes all the guesswork out of cooking. The Wolf built-in ovens feature dual convection heating, with two fans and four heating elements.

Wolf’s dual-stacked, sealed gas burners also offer precise control. They can be used to simmer food gently, melt chocolate over a flame, or sear meat with a ferocious heat. Steam and odours are removed quickly and quietly by the Wolf Deep Pro rangehood, which features halogen lighting. Sub-Zero and Wolf products feature in many prestigious

projects, including the Burj in Dubai, the Hesperia Tower in Barcelona, the Pan Peninsula in London, and the Bloomberg Tower in New York. For further information, contact Sub-Zero and Wolf, phone (03) 9421 0232. Website: save | share Search 42912 at

Facing page and left: Wolf cooking appliances feature in the kitchen. These include the Wolf 762mm-wide double oven with matching warming drawer, Deep Pro rangehood, and dual-stacked gas burners with lowprofile continuous grates. Above: The kitchen is also equipped with Sub-Zero refrigeration, including a matching refrigerator and freezer, two wine refrigerators and eight refrigerator drawers that can be customised to suit.

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The very best kitchens and bathrooms successfully blend creative design, expert craftsmanship and impeccable products. We’ve selected these outstanding projects from across the country as the Trends Top 30 Australian Kitchens & Bathrooms.

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Show and tell There’s no better way to check out products and services than to view completed projects. These eye-catching kitchens are all by Hettich Endorsed Showrooms Great kitchens have to tick a lot of boxes, and functionality is right at the top of the list of key attributes. After all, no matter how distinctive the design and materials, it is how a kitchen functions day to day that really determines whether a design is successful. The kitchens shown on these pages were all manufactured by companies that have a Hettich Endorsed Showroom


where you can see Hettich products in situ. The kitchens are also all entries in the online competition that is part of the “What’s Australia Saying About Hettich?” campaign. The cabinetry in each of the kitchens is fitted with Hettich hardware, ranging from fullextension, soft-close drawer systems, inserts and vertical pantries, to handles and lift doors for overhead cabinets.

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Innovative Kitchens in South Australia manufactured the kitchen shown on the preceding pages, while the kitchen shown above is by NSW firm Carrera by Design. This kitchen features a large, square island that’s wrapped by a timber table top. Inline Kitchens in ACT created the streamlined kitchen above right, which has a soft grey colour palette.

For the contemporary kitchen shown at right, Queensland firm Custom Kitchens Noosa used negative detailing to enhance the crisp, contemporary lines. This kitchen also features reflective stainless steel splashbacks. To contact Hettich, phone 1800 HETTICH (438 8424). To vote for your favourite kitchen, visit the Hettich Gallery at

For further information about these showrooms, visit the websites: www.,, And for details on the South Australia kitchen company, visit www. save | share Search 42791 at

Preceding pages: In any kitchen, what lies behind the scenes is just as important as what you see. This kitchen is by Innovative Kitchens in South Australia, which operates a Hettich Endorsed Showroom. These pages: These projects are featured in the “What’s Australia Saying About Hettich?” online campaign. They were designed by (clockwise from top left) Carrera By Design, NSW, Inline Kitchens, ACT, and Custom Kitchens Noosa, Qld.

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By special request Everything about this new kitchen was designed to make it a joy to work in – from the expansive glazing to the multiple work zones and high-end Smeg appliances Functionality and good looks go hand in hand when it comes to kitchen design – and with the right products there’s no need to compromise either. The ultra-sleek kitchen in this house needed to be suitable for both day-to-day family living and entertaining, says designer Kim Duffin of Sublime Architectural Interiors. “The kitchen needed to be able to adapt and support


many functions,” he says. “We consequently created a dedicated appliance pantry and breakfast zone, plus three other working zones to reduce interference between tasks.” A long island and matching perimeter cabinets feature unobtrusive Staron solid surface Quasar White drawer fronts and matching benchtops. The horizontal lines are reinforced by an architectural

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fly-over that accommodates lighting and two Smeg stainless steel cylindrical rangehoods. “Compact 45cm-high Smeg Classic stainless steel ovens were chosen to create a bank of appliances with an identical design aesthetic, creating a focal point,” says Duffin. “These are all positioned at an ergonomically perfect height to facilitate the preparation of the client’s preferred cuisine.”

The Smeg appliances in this bank are the compact microwave oven and grill, compact convection oven and microwave, compact steam oven and built-in coffee machine. The kitchen also features the latest induction technology – the Smeg induction cooktop has four heat zones, and offers fast, energy-efficient cooking. The owners say they chose Smeg products so that the

appliances could be a feature of the kitchen, and not just “an oven in the wall.” “We use the Smeg coffee machine all the time – it is so easy to use, making a latte is no longer a chore.” For information, visit the website: save | share Search 42998 at

Facing page and above: This new kitchen, designed by Kim Duffin, incorporates a full complement of Smeg cooking appliances. These include a Smeg induction cooktop, a bank of Smeg Classic stainless steel ovens, and a matching built-in Smeg coffee machine. The cylindrical rangehoods are also from Smeg, and are designed to remove steam and odours quickly and quietly. Left: The perimeter benchtop extends out to the barbecue patio.

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Passionate Italian Italy is the home of great design and appliance technology. Now, Australia can also appreciate the stand-out qualities of the high-end Fulgor Milano home appliance collection


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It’s no secret that the rest of the world looks to Italy for design cues. And it’s not just fast cars and fashion – Italy also leads the way in home appliance technology. Fulgor, a high-end brand with a strong following in Europe, is a good example of Italy’s cutting-edge appliance technology. And now the brand is available down under – the manufacturer has entered

into a partnership with Fulgor Milano Australasia. Fulgor has manufactured appliances for more than 60 years, and the brand is renowned for its distinctive styling, fine craftsmanship and pioneering technological advances, says Courtney James of Fulgor Milano Australasia. “The collection is notable for its points of difference,” he says. “The range includes

a built-in LED television that matches the built-in ovens, coffee machine and wine cellar. Other appliances include freestanding ovens, induction cooktops and innovative touch-control gas cooktops.” Fulgor Milano is opening a series of showroom galleries around Australia, where you can see and learn more about the appliances. You can also enjoy a freshly brewed coffee

and baking on the premises. All products are backed by full after-sales servicing. For more details, contact Fulgor Milano Australasia Pty Ltd, Unit C70/24-32 Lexington Dr, Bella Vista, NSW 2153, phone 1300 FULGOR (385 467). Website: save | share Search 42990 at

Above left: Fulgor Milano is a new Italian appliance collection that is now available in Australia. Designed to provide a fully co-ordinated kitchen, the range includes a built-in wine cellar, LED TV, steam and combi ovens, and a wide range of cooktops and ovens. Above: Fulgor Milano appliances (from top) include the built-in wine cellar with wood-insert drawer, teppanyaki induction cooktop and 112cm touch-control gas cooktop.

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CONNECTIONS TO THE OUTDOORS The art of relaxation With its pared-back design, sea views and materials that reference nature, this master suite has a calming, Zen-like quality


Tropical retreat In the heart of a big city, this house is all about escapism, particulary the master suite, which sits like an eyrie amid the treetops


Well connected This airy master bathroom offers visual and material connections to its pristine alpine setting


CONTEMPORARY SPACES Natural complexion A resort-style retreat looks to the harbour one way and a dramatic cliff face the other Freshen up Both the bathrooms in this house have been remodelled to capture a crisp, contemporary feel

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CHILDREN’S BATHROOMS The imagination runs wild in these children’s bathrooms, where innovation is the order of the day


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Open to view Bathrooms may be private spaces, but with the right design they can still maximise a great view or attractive outlook

The art of relaxation With its pared-back design, sea views and materials that reference nature, this ensuite bathroom has a calming, Zen-like quality


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Bathing is often considered a ritual – a time of quiet contemplation and serenity. And there’s no doubt the sense of escape is heightened by a tranquil, luxurious setting and a wonderful view. All these things come together in this master suite, which creates an eyrie in a new clifftop house designed by architect Henry Lin of PTG Architecture. “With glazing on three sides, the ensuite bathroom pops out from the house on the upper level,” Lin says. “The views are further maximised by the width of

the opening between the bedroom and bathroom – a 2m door slides back to open up the entire space.” The architect says the owners have visited spa resorts in Asia and wanted their suite to evoke a similar feeling of quiet, understated luxury. “This suite was all about pared-back detailing and materials that would be in harmony with the natural world. It was important that nothing was too ornate – we didn’t want the bathroom to detract from the view.”

Preceding pages: Large sliding doors open up this master suite to an expansive sea view. Another 2m-wide sliding door opens up the bedroom to the bathroom, maximising the views. Above left: Like an eyrie high above the clifftop, the bathroom pops out from the second floor of the house. Windows on three sides surround a built-in tub. Above: The tub is lined with porcelain tiles that mimic the look and texture of wood. All the materials in the bathroom were chosen to provide an harmonious, tranquil bathing environment.

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To enhance the Zen-like ambience, an elevated, built-in tub is positioned beneath the windows. This is designed as a traditional Asian sitting bathtub, which provides deep water and health benefits. The tub is lined with the same timber-look porcelain tiles that feature on the floor. “These tiles have a textural surface that mimics woodgrain,” says Lin. “With their natural look and feel, they have a very calming effect.” Another textural tile with a wave-like pattern lines the walls, providing a direct


reference to the rippling waters of the gulf beyond. Most of these tiles are white, but a darker grey version clads a central column, making this a distinctive feature. Deep blue-coloured glass towel rails are another visual link with the view. The long, semi-cantilevered vanity has a thick riverstone top that wraps around a cabinet like a folded slab, forming a waterfall edge at one end. “It’s a very simple form that can be read at a glance, which is another calming device,” says the architect. “The organic

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form of the asymmetrical basins reinforces the connection with nature.” Sparkling mosaic tiles behind the large mirrored medicine cabinets are another key feature of the room. The cabinets sit proud of the tiles, with LED lighting enhancing the three-dimensional effect. Other decorative lighting includes Swarovski crystal sconces. save | share Search 42846 at

Architect: Henry Lin, PTG Architecture (Auckland) Builder: Devo Construction Vanity cabinet manufacturer: Fabulous Kitchens Vanity cabinets: Lacquered Vanity top: Volcanic engineered quartz from Zealand Distribution Basins: Dia by Robertson Taps and shower fittings: Grohe from Paterson Towel rails: Lava from DCS Wall tiles: Venis Ona and Venis Cubica from Jacobsen Creative Surfaces Floor tiles: Montana Noce from Jacobsen Creative Surfaces Lighting: ECC Lighting

Above left: Other textural tiles reference rippling waves. Architect Henry Lin also introduced sparkling mosaics and LED lighting to the wall behind the mirrored medicine cabinets. Power points and a bin are concealed within drawers. Above: The shower has a niche for shampoos, and an unobtrusive drain for the wastewater. Left: The house also features a cedar-lined sauna room, with LED lighting. Story by Colleen Hawkes Photography by Jamie Cobel

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Tropical retreat Despite its position in the heart of a large city, this house is all about escapism, particularly the master suite, which sits like an eyrie amid the treetops When architects set out to create a private retreat, there is always one part of the house where the idea really comes into its own, and that’s the master suite. In designing a home for his own family, architect Leong Yew Kooi of GSD Architect has ensured the master suite also epitomises all his ideas about passive design and sustainability. Leong says that in designing the house he took his cue from nature and tradition. “The landscaping around the house is like a forest cocoon,” he says. “It mimics the wild profusion of a tropical forest, with shrubs, trees

and creepers. Much like a traditional Malaysian kampong house, this helps to lower the ambient temperature through evaporation and transpiration, which provides a passive cooling system for the house through cross ventilation.” Lush tropical planting is an integral part of the suite on the top level of the three-storey house – much of the planting is in an area that forms an open courtyard terrace right in the middle of the suite. Here, Leong has positioned a luxurious Jacuzzi that is open to the elements. Slatted timber screens at the side and overhead provide shade, privacy and support for vines.

Facing page: The master suite on the top level of this house opens to a landscaped terrace complete with a Jacuzzi with its own sheer descent water feature. A timber screen shields the terrace from view, and supports much of the greenery. Above: Entire glass walls in the master bedroom can be opened so the bedroom is at one with the outdoors. Designed as a retreat, the bedroom has its own seating area and a television.

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Architect: Leong Yew Kooi, GSD Architect (Petaling Jaya, Malaysia) Owners: Leong Yew Koo and Lau Pei Yan Builder: GSD (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd Vanity cabinetry: Ebony veneer with LG Hi-Macs acrylic solid surface vanity top Basin: Kohler Bath: Kohler Consonance Whirlpool Shower stall, taps and shower fittings: Hansgrohe Accessories: Bareno Yatin Bathroomware supplier: Bina Warehouse Hot water systems: Microsolar solar water heater from Solar Research Design Toilet and bidet: Toto Flooring: Coura solid timber flooring strips Lighting: Antares Flos Architectural Lighting Air conditioning: York Blinds: Felton roller blind from Federlit Drapes: Radiance from Rinpoche (M) Story by Colleen Hawkes Photography by Lin Ho

Above right: Glass walls allow a view right through the suite, from end to end. The toilet room is positioned near the middle, close to the shower. Facing page: A freestanding, doublesided vanity unit appears suspended within the bathroom. A large ceiling fan helps with the cross ventilation, which is one of the key ways the home is cooled. The house also has an atrium that acts as a thermal chimney, removing warm air out through the top of the building.


The terrace with the Jacuzzi effectively separates the bedroom and the bathroom, while creating a linking device, thanks to extra-large sliding glass doors. The master bedroom can be opened right up to the outdoors on three sides. Similarly the shower is behind a large glass door that can be opened up to the Jacuzzi terrace to reinforce the sense of bathing outdoors. “The glass doors allow light to penetrate right into the space,” says Leong. “And the visual clarity allows a seamless interplay between the interior and exterior spaces – it brings the forest garden into the master bedroom. And the rooms

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themselves are transformed into open terraces when the doors are opened, blurring the line between inside and out.” The sense of a tropical retreat is further enhanced by the wood flooring and a doublesided vanity unit that appears suspended within the space. Additional storage is provided by a bank of flush cabinetry along one wall, also in ebony wood veneer. save | share Search 40802 at

Well connected This airy master bathroom offers visual and material connections to its pristine alpine setting Above: Clean lines and a simple material palette feature in this master bathroom by architect Gary Todd. With two entries, a double vanity and double shower, the room easily accommodates both owners. A glass shower enclosure and cantilevered vanity enhance the sense of spaciousness.


A serene space that invites one to linger and contemplate is the design objective of many bathrooms. But when the project is in an alpine setting, with only a wall of double glazing between the bather and the wild outdoors, the results can be dramatic, as well. This contemporary master bathroom forms part of a house nestled at the base of the Wakatipu Basin and overlooking the Shotover River. The bold, modernist design is the work of architect Gary Todd, builder Glen Cayless and the owners, who led the vision. The landscaping beyond the windows is by Joe Nutting.

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The house links to the mountain landscape through its shard-like, rocky profile and by the use of materials that intensify the look. These include shuttered concrete with a textural finish, and square Kerlite tiles from Italy, chosen for their resemblance to slabs of stone. “The master bathroom also connects to the surroundings through material choices,” says Todd. “Palissandro, a white Italian marble with onyx veining, is used on both the floors and walls. A wall of glass looks out to a garden and meandering stream, and the smooth marble surfaces link visually with the river stones and

Architect: Gary Todd ADNZ, Gary Todd Architecture (Dunedin and Wanaka) Interior design: Owners; Gary Todd Landscape design: Joe Nutting, Southern Landmarx Tiling: Rex by Bianchi Di Rex Palissandro tiles from SpazioCasa Bathroom vanity: Lacquer gloss finish with Caesarstone top from Masterwood Joinery Basins: Cielo Shui from SpazioCasa Taps: Bolero Shower fittings: SpazioCasa Rettangolo with Remer showerhead Shower enclosure: Metro GlassTech Bath: Gioia Lighting: Lighthouse Dunedin Blinds: Luxaflex from McKenzie and Willis Story by Charles Moxham Photography by Jamie Cobel

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white pebbles outside. As the bathroom is set in a quiet rear corner of the home, privacy wasn’t an issue here. Even the curvaceous tub looks as though it might have been hewn from the mountainside.” To avoid detracting from the outlook, the bathroom has a minimalist aesthetic, with invisible latches on the vanity and glass walls on the two-person shower enclosure. The understated, sculptural tub filler echoes the lines of the bath. The glass walls also work to enhance the sense of spaciousness, as does cantilevering the his-and-hers vanity, says Todd.

“There are two ways to reach this bathroom from the bedroom, skirting the sides of a dressing room between the spaces. This arrangement also offers the advantage of an acoustic buffer.” Concealed lighting under the double vanity, together with LED star lights over the bath, offer subtle night-time illumination. Automatic roller blinds can be lowered to mitigate alpine glare during the day. In-floor heating with full insulation to the floor, walls and ceiling, plus cross ventilation, ensures the bathroom is comfortable in both the heat of summer and the chill of snow in winter.

Above left: Part of the landscape – natural stone surfaces and the soft lines of the bathtub connect the bathroom to the landscaping, which over time will assimilate the home still further into the terrain. The window wall is double glazed to counter weather extremes in the scenic mountain region.

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Natural complexion This resort-style retreat looks to views of the harbour one way and noses into a dramatic cliff face the other

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Preceding pages: With a nudge of sliding doors, this award-winning master suite opens up to a rugged rock face at the rear of the home. Above: The rock face is reflected in two mirrored blade walls that separate the bathing area from the master bedroom behind. Drawers in the custom headboard on the bed provide additional storage for linen and towels.


When an architecturally designed home in a prime coastal location is cantilevered off a cliff, the design will naturally make the most of the dramatic sea views. However, there’s another way to appreciate nature in such a setting. This master suite forms part of a modern home with 270° outlooks of beach and city. The house has two levels on the cliff top, and four that hug the rock face below. Designers Darren Genner and Simona Castagna were asked to create a master suite that would take in the beauty of the stone face behind, as well as the beach views on the other side.

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“The suite had to defy convention, offer total privacy and be in keeping with the home’s high-end architecture,” says Genner. “There had to be a freestanding bath, a large shower, his-and-hers vanities and a spacious wardrobe.” The designers devised an open floor plan, rather than separate rooms, avoiding the need for internal dividing walls that would obstruct the views. Sliding doors were introduced on the bathroom side of the suite, which can be left open during warmer months, providing valuable cross ventilation and a more intimate connection to the rugged rock formations.

“The toilet and bidet cubicle and the shower, are positioned to one side of the space, behind two structural support piers,” says Castagna. “This layout allows clear views of the rock face. “We set the wardrobe on the wall opposite. This offers over 7.2m of storage, tucked behind 1.2m-wide pop-and-slide doors. Included in this run of cabinetry is a vanity, complete with Hollywood-style make-up lights and dedicated space for hair equipment and jewellery.” The designers introduced two central blade walls that are pivotal to the design. A custom Corian washbasin wraps around both, and

appears to bisect them. Each blade wall is mirrored on both sides to reflect the views from any point in the room. The blades also partition the bathing space from the sleeping and dressing areas in front, without obstructing sightlines. Set next to them, the smooth oval bath contrasts the craggy rocks on the cliff face. Finishes are consistent with those in the rest of the home. The floor is in large-format basalt tiles, walls are clad in a Bisazza crocodile print, and the balance is smooth, cool Corian. Veneers tone with the nearby sandy beaches.

Above: Tall panels conceal expansive wardrobes, set on either side of a Hollywood-style vanity area with glamorous make-up lighting and dedicated storage for jewellery. More storage is concealed within the blade walls in the centre of the space. All task lighting can be separately controlled through the smart home automation system.

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Designers: Darren Genner KBDI, HIA, and Simona Castagna KBDI, HIA, Minosa Design (Alexandria, NSW) Vanity Minosa double Scoop ED basins fitted to bespoke joinery Bath: Apaiser Haven Shower enclosure: Corian and glass Shower fittings: Gessi Ovale mixers and rail Toilet and bidet: Catalano from Rogerseller Taps: Gessi Oval, Minosa Towel rail: Wishbone by Minosa Flooring: Basalt Wall tiles: Bisazza in Crocodile Black Lighting: Special Lights; Opal Lighting Blinds and drapes: Bespoke by Simple Studio Accessories: Minosa Awards: KBDI Australian Bathroom Designer of the Year 2013; NSW Bathroom Design of the Year; Large Bathroom of the Year Story by Charles Moxham Photography by Nicole England

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Left: A playful crocodile-finish tile covers three sides of the structural piers that define the bidet and toilet cubicle, and expansive shower. A glass door slides across for privacy. High-end fittings feature throughout. Above: The blade walls that bisect the room are mirrored on both sides, reflecting rock and ocean views. Earthy and neutral, the tonal palette connects with the master suite’s highly tactile solid stone backdrop.


Freshen up Both the bathrooms in this house have been completely remodelled to capture a crisp, contemporary feel Bathrooms that are past their use-by date can often benefit from a total remake, where every element is reconsidered to best suit requirements. Designer Celia Visser was commissioned to undertake such a project for the master and guest bathrooms in this house. The designer says both bathrooms were dated and rather cramped, and were not up to the standard of the rest

of the house, which has been extensively renovated. “The house is modern, with a classical contemporary look, and we wanted the bathrooms to make a similar design statement. It was particularly important to maximise the space and ensure the rooms would not be too cluttered.� To provide continuity, both rooms feature an Ocean Blue travertine marble vanity.

Visser says the marble, which matches the interior colour scheme throughout the house, was chosen to provide the desired wow factor. It is teamed with a very light olive green lacquer on the vanity cabinetry. “Because space was limited, the vanities both have integrated marble trough sinks. This minimises the number of different materials appearing

Facing page: This master bathroom was transformed by designer Celia Visser, who rearranged the layout and introduced a cantilevered vanity with an Ocean Blue travertine marble top. An integrated basin helps to keep the look contemporary and streamlined. Above: The designer specified a glass door with privacy film. This helps to lighten the suite, which includes a dressing area between the bathroom and bedroom.

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Designer: Celia Visser, Celia Visser Design (Auckland) Builder: M3 Construction Cabinetmaker: Laustsen Cabinet Makers Ensuite Basin: Travertine Ocean Blue by SCE Stone & Design Tapware: Mare Black from Plumbline Floor and wall tiles: Travertino White by Independent Ceramics Lighting: Eurohaus from Lighthouse Accessories: Metro from Metrix Second bathroom Bathtub: Nova from Plumbline Basin: Travertine Ocean Blue by SCE Stone & Design Tapware: Milano; Cascade 3 bath spout from Plumbline Shower fittings: Milano; Soho from Plumbline Toilet: Sfera 52 from Plumbline Towel rail: Siroco by DC Short Floor and wall tiles: Travertino White by Independent Ceramics Lighting: Eurohaus from Lighthouse Accessories: Plumbline Story by Colleen Hawkes Photography by Jamie Cobel

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in the bathrooms, which helps maintain a spacious look. “Similarly, cantilevering the cabinetry makes the floor area larger.” The two bathrooms are not identical, however. Black tapware and accessories were specified for the master bathroom to provide a point of difference. And the guest bathroom incorporates a freestanding Nova bathtub.

“The original bathroom had a shower over the tub, which the owners did not want,” says Visser. “But providing a separate shower meant it was a very tight fit to include the tub – there was not much leeway. “We ran the marble down one side of the vanity in this bathroom to keep the look clean and tidy.” Ample storage is provided

in both rooms, with the guest bathroom incorporating mirrored medicine cabinets that run the length of the room. LED lighting above and below the cabinets washes the walls, creating a floating effect. The master bathroom has decorative sconces mounted on the large mirror above the vanity. A glass door and new skylight also ensure plenty of natural light floods the room.

Facing page: Ocean Blue travertine marble also features in the remodelled guest bathroom. Despite its small size, this room boasts a freestanding bathtub and separate shower area. This page: The fully tiled shower incorporates contemporary tapware, and has a niche for soaps and shampoos.

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Affordable luxury Internationally acclaimed designer Marc Newson partners with iconic Australian bathroomware brand Caroma to create a state-of-the-art bathroom collection


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Once a utilitarian space, now a luxurious, private retreat, the bathroom has finally come of age. Luckily inspired design solutions are, keeping pace. A creative synergy between one of Australia’s foremost designers and a leading bathroom brand has resulted in the Caroma Marc Newson Collection, says Caroma research and development manager Steve Cummings.

“This range of bathroom solutions sets a new standard in affordable opulence and minimalist bathroom design. “The new Caroma Marc Newson collection presents the ultimate combination of form and function. The all-inclusive 21-piece range features baths, mixer taps, showers, concealed toilet suites and basins. Each element has been meticulously and individually designed,

using high quality materials and patented engineering.” The collection’s refined, understated look is achieved using ingenious engineering solutions – from the awardwinning InvisiTM Series II cistern to a new fixing system for wall mixers, which eliminates the need for a back plate. The wide array of products on offer allows complete design flexibility, and suits a

wide range of budgets. Every piece in the Caroma Marc Newson Collection is fully compliant with all Australian bathroom standards. For details on the Caroma Marc Newson Collection and local suppliers, visit: www.

Above far left: A pleasure to look at as well as to use, the new Caroma Marc Newson Collection includes 21 pieces by the celebrated designer.

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Above left and right: The range includes a sleek Shower System with overhead and hand shower, and stream-lined, freestanding bath filler.

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Top: The Caroma Marc Newson 1700 Freestanding Bath is created in Cristaplant, a contemporary matt stone finish.

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Over the rainbow The imagination runs wild in these children’s bathrooms, where innovation is the order of the day

Only young once Bright, cheerful and highly original – there’s no excuse for children not to spend time in these fantasy bathrooms


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Just as a homeowner has a say in the design of their house, so children enjoy having an input into the design of their bedroom suite. This suite belongs to a child who came up with the idea of a rainbow theme. This was the brief given to designer Royston Wilson, who was responsible for the interior design of the whole house, which has a French Chateau style.

“The rainbow created the focal point, from which everything else in the bathroom could radiate out from,” says Wilson. “We thought, how wonderful it would be for a child to lie in bed and catch a glimpse through the doorway of the sun peeping out from behind the rainbow.” Wilson says the space was not without its challenges, however. During construction,

the ceiling height had to be lowered 300mm, so the rainbow needed to move down the wall, which impacted on the mirror and lighting. “The mirror was redesigned as a collection of circles that represent bubbles, which could be positioned so they don’t conflict with the rainbow. The planned bubble light fixture was changed to a shorter crystal style with LED downlights,

so it still looks like floating bubbles.” To make room for a bathtub that was a late request, the team took some space from the adjoining balcony, rebuilding the exterior wall. “The specially ordered Bisazza tiles were reconfigured to fit the changed space, and the ceiling painted blue. The final result is a bathroom that appeals to the child in us all.”

Preceding pages and facing page: Colourful Bisazza mosiac tiles create a brilliant rainbow in this child’s bathroom, designed by Royston Wilson. To make space for the bathtub – a late addition – the room was pushed out towards the balcony and a new exterior wall built. Above: The cantilevered vanity has a Mountain Bluebird Staron top that complements the blue in the tiles and the dark blue ceiling that resembles the sky above.

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Another bathroom in the house is fit for a princess. Wilson says the only instruction from the daughter of the house using this suite was to use the colour pink. “We researched plumbing products and found a fuchsia pink mixer and tap. We also discovered the new Laufen Mimo collection, offering a handbasin collar and toilet seat in a bubblegum pink shade.”

The designer then created a dramatic pink-fronted vanity cabinet, which is cantilevered from the wall. “We positioned the vanity opposite the door so this would provide the most visual impact – it is the first thing you see when you enter,” he says. The vanity features pink, heart-embossed drawer fronts in a new Laminex product – 3D Forms & Illusions in the colour

Lovely. Further embellishment is provided by diamante-style handles that catch the light. “We introduced an unusual glossy white tile to the vanity wall for added pizzazz,” says Wilson. “The tile has a textural wave pattern that is highlighted by LED lighting around the vanity mirror. The designer says the pink elements can be changed out easily if required in the future.

Facing page: Everything in this girl’s bathroom is either pink or white. The distinctive vanity features a white quartz top and pink heart-embossed drawer fronts with diamante handles. Fuchsia pink metallic paint was used on the ceiling. The D-shaped bath is semi freestanding, with one side fixed to the wall for ease of cleaning. Above: Pink also features in the collar around the handbasin, the toilet seat, tap and shower mixer.

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Designer: Royston Wilson, Royston Wilson Design (Melbourne) Blue bathroom Vanity top: Staron in Mountain Bluebird Vanity cabinetry: Abet Laminati in Kaleidos Crystal Cabinet handles: Kethy from Finer Bathrooms Basin: Parisi Dial 60 Basin mixer: Newform Round Forma Bathtub: Kaldewei Studio Right Bath mixer: Newform Forma Toilet: Parisi Wall tiles: Bisazza Award: HIA Bathroom Design of the Year, Victoria Pink bathroom Vanity top: Quantum Quartz in Arctic White Vanity drawers: Laminex 3D Forms & Illusions in Lovely Vanity handles: Kethy Clear Basin: Laufen Mimo in White and Pink Basin mixer: Vola in Pink Bathtub: Kaldewei Centrol Duo 2 Shower and tub mixer: Vola in Pink Shower rail set: Hansgrohe Rainbow Toilet: Laufen Mimo in seat in Pink Story by Colleen Hawkes Photography by Andrew Ashton

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Left: Graphic pop art, decorative pelmets and a plush, soft pink sectional sofa are key features of the bedroom. Here, the colour pink has been kept a little more muted, with colours brought in through accessories, such as cushions, lamps and picture frames.


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KITCHEN & BATHROOM TRENDS Australia Vol 30/02  

Traditional Kitchens, Heart or the Home, Colour & Materials, Cabinetry, Appliances, Bathroom Trends.

KITCHEN & BATHROOM TRENDS Australia Vol 30/02  

Traditional Kitchens, Heart or the Home, Colour & Materials, Cabinetry, Appliances, Bathroom Trends.