Large, etched-glass sliding doors at both ends of this kitchen mean that it can either be opened to the home’s living areas or closed off from them, as needs dictate. Asian art and ornaments accent this contemporary European-styled apartment. Located between the living spaces and the homes’s utility wing, the kitchen can be either opened to or closed off from these areas by sliding glass doors. As well as creating an open feel, this helps filter light through the home.
Usually one of the most central rooms in the home, the kitchen is also probably the most pivotal when it comes to family interaction. Because of this, it’s important to consider how the design of a kitchen will complement the rest of the home’s decor, and how its layout will impact on nearby areas. The kitchen shown here demonstrates this concept. It divides the utility area of this inner-city apartment, which included dry storage, laundry and freezers, from the home’s living spaces and study.
When redesigning their kitchen, the owners wanted the advantage of an open-plan layout, but with the option of being able to close the kitchen off and use it as a separate room when required. To achieve this aim, large sliding doors made from timber and etched-glass were installed at either end of the kitchen. In addition to this flexible layout, it was important that the finishes in the kitchen suited those used throughout the rest of the apartment.
The interior design of the apartment is very modern and minimalist, so we wanted to reflect this styling in the kitchen,: says the owner. “We wanted stainless steel to dominate, because of its sleek, streamlined appearance and practical advantages. The kitchen features top-of-the-range Artusi modular units from the Arclinea Collection. Designed by Italian architect Antonio Citterio, they combine etched glass, stainless steel and timber. A glass-topped breakfast table and chairs were chosen to complement the look. Kitchen appliances are concealed behind a roll-down door at bench height.
In addition to a contemporary look, durable, quailty finishes were a priority. The choice of a modular Arclinea kitchen, designed by Italian architect Antonio Citterio, met the owners aesthetic and functional needs. Made from stainless steel, it features etched glass windows and beech cabinetry.Beechwood veneer on the cabinet doors softens the extensive use of stainless steel and brings an element of warmth to the kitchen. A large Teflon chopping board separates the sink from the six-burner cooktop. To the right of this is the oven and a full-height shelving unit with frosted-glass doors.
Supplier Jeff Tan from Unique Kitchen Fusion says the kitchen, called Artusi, places a strong emphasis on practical storage and user-friendly accessories. Details, such as removable shelves, utensil racks, and a large chopping board built into the benchtop, make the kitchen enjoyable to use and easy to clean,” he says.
Stainless steel legs raise the cooking zone off the floor. The honed limestone floor was sealed to protect against spills.
The pantry, food-preparation area, wine chiller and fridge sit along one wall, while a raised stainless steel unit with an integral sink and a professional six-burner cooktop occupies the opposite wall. Beside this is a wall oven and storage units for dinnerware and glasses.
In the middle of the kitchen, an island unit provides further storage and bench space. Like the rest of the kitchen cabinetry, it is made from stainless steel with beech and glass cabinet doors. A multi-function, granite-topped work island in the centre of the kitchen provides additional storage and bench space for meal preparation. Useful accessories include a wall-mounted recipe- book shelf and holders for foil, plastic wrap and paper towels.
Housed neatly under the island’s black granite benchtop, a two-drawer, roll-out storage trolley holds cutlery trays. Jeff Tan says the owner particularly requested this module, which is topped in beechwood, and can be used both as a mobile butcher’s block and a servery unit.
A tall sheet of thick glass on the pillar behind the island continues the glazed theme of the Arclinea cabinetry and the kitchen’s sliding glass doors. The floor has been finished in honed limestone. Stowed neatly under the island unit, a storage trolley with two wide cutlery drawers and a top made from beechwood jointed staves functions as a mobile butcher’s block and can also be used for serving.
Careful attention was paid to the lighting. The room is lit by low-voltage halogens, placed in the ceiling as well as above and below the cabinetry. We wanted to avoid using fluorescent tubes,” says the owner. “The halogens cast a very clean light that’s not too bright or stark. We were concerned that the stainless steel would look too industrial under fluorescent light.