Hidden Gem

Kitchen Studio Design Award– Best use of Small Space WINNER Designer – Elise Collins – Kitchen Studio Christchurch South Client Brief Professional single buys an older home in the heart of Merivale, Christchurch. He had big ideas to renovate the house as a project over summer. The client wanted to work the existing architecture of the house into the design, …

Touch of Class

Kitchen Studio Design Award– Best Kitchen Design Under $20K WINNER Designer – Surita Nel – Kitchen Studio North Shore Client Brief The house entry was a dark hallway with the sole kitchen access to the right. The position of the kitchen was isolated from the outdoors and there was minimal connection to the small dining room for social interaction. Both …

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 …

Be Bold with Black & White

Design by Wai Mihinui – Kitchen Studio Wellington DESIGN BRIEF The existing kitchen footprint of this family home was already generous, but the clients still felt they lacked storage and the kitchen didn’t function as well as it could for a busy family of 5. It didn’t surprise me when the client stressed that a clean monochromatic aesthetic with some …

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 …

What a Girl Wants

Design by Tamsin Smith – Kitchen Studio Hastings New owners of a classic home in a central location. The prime requirement was to create an area that they could be proud to entertain in. Their cooking style is modern and incorporates simple dishes which require little prep – think smoothies, salads and organic choices. They enjoy good wine and hosting …

The Classic Continental Breeze

Design by Nisa Sanyata – Kitchen Studio North Shore Clients are a semi-retired business couple and this place has been home for 30 years. House is surrounded by beautiful greenery. Bringing a new kitchen into a conventional home requires a harmony between casual, comfortable warmth and contemporary usefulness. The original kitchen was dark and overpowering. The clients wanted a light …