Zen Vibes

Design by Li-Swan Lim – Kitchen Studio Hamilton Design Brief The couple, whose children have left home, were building an architecturally designed home that had to cater for entertaining and family visiting. An open plan living design meant the kitchen is the hub and centrepiece. They cook mainly Asian cuisine. They like the inter play of texture and of organic …

Harmonious Flow

Design by Surita Nel – Kitchen Studio North Shore This couple had a vision of a kitchen that could accommodate them both simultaneously cooking/baking up a storm while entertaining friends and family. They wanted a clean lined, white on white kitchen that didn’t look clinical. Issues: The outdoor entertainment area was disconnected. Randomly positioned windows caused a lack of natural …

Independence

Design by Surita Nel – Kitchen Studio North Shore This kitchen brief was specific. A bacterial infection caused major issues with muscle function and balance for this client. She said: ‘Give me a kitchen where I can see what I’m doing and give me back my independence’. Issues: Accessibility was a major issue. Her husband had to provide a lot …

Opposites Attract

Design by Surita Nel – Kitchen Studio North Shore These clients had a beautiful, impractical kitchen. The reason for change was the lack of storage and impractically designed kitchen. That was where their agreement ended. They had opposite ideas on the aesthetic of the new kitchen. Issues: Lack of storage was first on the list. The clients were storing food …

Simple Elegance

Design by Suzie Boyle – Kitchen Studio Newmarket/Greenlane The Graham’s spend many hours in the kitchen, cooking, baking and socialising. Their original kitchen was well loved and starting to show signs of its age. They wanted to update to something more modern and something they could love every day. Their main concerns when designing this space were. Island as a …

Take me back to Fiji

Design by Nisa Sanyata – Kitchen Studio North Shore The client states that “the kitchen is the most important part of the house, it is a piece of furniture to show and it needs to be the focal point”. They have special room call “Puja” (praying room) right in-front of the kitchen. The kitchen needed to meet Indian philosophy call …

Design Fusion

Design by Surita Nel – Kitchen Studio North Shore This architecturally impressive home is surrounded by lush green countryside. The clients liked an array of design styles, including country, industrial & rustic kitchen design. However, no one style could represent the atmosphere they wanted present in their kitchen. Requirements: Design style fusion that represents the home, owners and surroundings. Modern …

Absolute Angles

Design by Sarah Makin – Kitchen Studio Christchurch Modernising this high-end home, the client required the kitchen to be dramatic and sophisticated. Smooth flush surfaces and top-end materials were a must. The challenge however were the angles that are architecturally part of this home. The client’s hope was that a modern clean lined space could be achieved by working with …

The Good Life

Design by Liz Ensor – Kitchen Studio Hastings Incorporating the hall and having French doors to the outside, as suggested by the kitchen designer, were a eureka moment. Everything on the client’s kitchen wishlist could then be incorporated. Direct access to the garden allows this couple to truly live the `good life`. Hens are in the chook-house. Vegetables are washed …

Punching above its weight!

Design by Li-Swan Lim – Kitchen Studio Hamilton Design Brief The couple with young children were renovating their 1960’s home to cater for growing family demands. It had a traditional C shaped kitchen. They needed a more open living space and increase storage and bench space in the kitchen. The husband, the main cook, had his heart set on a …