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Kitchens: This coastal kitchen blends into its landscape

The kitchen of this hilltop home in Muriwai is visible from afar.

Last updated: 1 February 2024

HOME: How did you choose the material palette for this kitchen?

Bruce Messick: Avantgarde Because the house is atop a ridge, with large glass surfaces and visible from afar, the kitchen had to remain subtle in shape and colour. To achieve the perfect symbiosis we chose Leicht’s ‘139K Lava’ for the perimeter cabinetry; it’s ideal for the natural setting in Muriwai. We used Leicht’s ‘340KH’ on the inner side of both islands to mirror the wood elsewhere in the home and create a connection with the decking outside, while adding a natural touch to the kitchen’s overall appearance. The smooth laminate of the cabinetry is low-maintenance and durable.

HOME: What are the kitchen’s most important features?

Bruce Messick: Full integration of all appliances to achieve a minimalist, handle-less look; symmetrical islands that echo the geometrics of the house itself; low-profile benchtops to add a lightweight, technical touch while reflecting the steel of the house’s exterior; and good overall flow and functionality.

HOME: What do you think makes a good kitchen?

Bruce Messick: It must suit the user’s needs and be efficient. The appliances and main work spaces should be carefully positioned to prevent too much back and forth. The cabinetry should complement the room’s geometry, not contradict it, and there should be only what’s required – the cabinetry shouldn’t completely fill the space. The colour, finish and benchtop material should complement the kitchen, its environment and the building’s character. There should be a well-configured wet area with large-enough sinks.

Design details

Cabinetry ‘Pinta & Orlando’ from Avantgarde.

Benchtops Designed and made by homeowner.

Floor tiles European Ceramics & Stone.

Oven and gas cooktop Fisher & Paykel.

Tapware ‘Kizoku’ from Avantgarde.

Barstools ‘XM’ from Avantgarde.

This article was originally published on homemagazine.nz


Clare Chapman
Clare Chapman
Editor in Chief, HOME - homemagazine.nz

Clare has spent the last 16 years working across Australasia as a journalist, editor and writer. Her work has appeared in books and publications around the world. Clare has led editorial teams for numerous architecture and design publications. In 2020, she was appointed Editor in Chief of HOME magazine, before taking the helm as publisher in 2023.