The clients had a clear vision of the interior design for their soon to be renovated property. At first meeting with the designer they had a substantial scrape book with photos, finishes, stone cladding and a long brief: the kitchen was supposed to become the main feature of the lower level with large sweeping horizontal elements; an open plan kitchen with a massive island, facing the city views, up to date hardware, sympathetic in color tones and texture with the surroundings, “Open but no so open”, with industrial touches but warm as well.
The design process lasted for more than six months, with many meetings and emails exchanged.
-First months were dedicated to a general consideration of the kitchen: the length of the island, colour scheme, size and location of appliances, flow, access.
-Following stage was dedicated to colour scheme and finishes(Driftwood Cresto by Amerind for cabinets), to the allocation of cabinets, hardware and drawer inserts (all by Hettich). Both Paul and Gina want extra space behind glass splashback (colour White Cabbage Deluxe ) for storing small electric appliance hence we used Vertico, a lift up mechanism from Hettich.
-Last stage was for fine touches: proportion of elements, shape of custom-made range hood housing, thickness of the bench( Natura Stone-Desert Pearl) and height of the kicker(brushed aluminium), handles length and model( as discreet as possible) height of the ovens(Miele), task lighting for the main bench (Versa light of Hettich), decorative lighting for the island (Star Point Mini of Hettich). The last feature on the mix came again from Paul: Corsa Rio, the extra storage from Hettich to be mounted under the shelves, to the left and right of the range hood.