Designed by Melbourne–based firm Whiting Architects, this renovation sought to modernize a period Edwardian-style home without losing elements of the existing charm loved by its homeowners. The goal to retain some of the current character limited options for enlarging the home’s floor plan and instead focused the final design on reorganizing spaces to foster both connection and privacy for the family of six.
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Ceiling heights and step-downs were integrated to create distinct spaces while keeping the home open for entertaining. Flowing into the living and dining space, the kitchen was designed to be highly functional as well as a key focal element. The intimate space is physically formed between opposing walls of full-length black cabinetry, which helps to visually center the elongated island and recessed cooking nook.
Steven Whiting, director of Whiting Architects, recalls the inspiration, which includes "overlapping programs and abstracting traditional interior elements as a device to breakdown stereotypes associated with traditional interior design elements. A counter need not be a counter, a wall panel can be a door, and so on."
"We wanted to play down the look of a typical kitchen, so the need for functional appliances that blended seamlessly into our design was paramount," adds Whiting. Serving as a hero piece within the kitchen, the Fisher & Paykel 36" Dual Fuel Freestanding Range is finished in a sleek black color that provides a visual contrast worthy of its central position.
In this home, the classically designed freestanding range sits alongside fully integrated DishDrawer™ Dishwashers that blend into the cabinetry, demonstrating how different styles and design elements can seamlessly complement one another.
Designed and engineered in New Zealand since 1934, Fisher & Paykel appliances have long been lauded by architects and designers worldwide. Whether you prefer a more contemporary, professional, or classic design, the company’s complete line of products include a range of appliances, allowing you to build an entire kitchen by choosing a product that perfectly matches your style and needs.