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What are the most important aspects
of the kitchen?
The function of the layout as a starting point. Like
anything, from my point of view, the planning is the key
to a good recipe. And then good storage to aid user
friendliness, and then the materials are important for
both function, durability and aesthetics.
What would you have on the floors?
I like natural stone tiles, depending on the colour theme,
it would dictate the kind of tile I would use -- or polished
concrete, which has many colour directions to go on
depending on the colour palette of the rest of the house.
What's on the walls?
Typically, we tend to have a lot of floor to ceiling
cabinet work, and then just blending the wall surface
from the adjoining space into the kitchen to maintain
that simplicity and uniformity and flow. With regard to
splashbacks, I favour the same as the bench top material.
I don't tend to like break the material and create a stand
out feature on its own.
What's on the benchtops?
That's an interesting one, and I have to admit it's
something I wrestle with, because durability and
aesthetics are always competing. I like marble and
sandstones but they require you to be a bit more careful,
so products like CaesarStone and Corian have the
advantage of appearing seamless, and they're much more
forgiving if you're dropping items on them. I really like
carrara marble in the white and grey brown veins.
For the lighting?
Lighting's a big thing that I pay a lot of attention to.
Almost all lighting elements, or all of them, are on
dimmers. Dimmers allow control for the di erent moods
and functions and tasks carried out in the kitchen at
di erent times of the day. I also like to use a bit of feature
lighting, a recess cooking area or splashback area, or
under cupboards, that you can dim down or illuminate
whilst a dinner party is going on.
For the fittings and finishes?
Typically, stainless steel unless it's a flush glass surface, or
some of the new colour backed surfaces. I like a sense of
calm in my spaces, wherever they are -- bathroom, living
room or kitchen, which is achieved with uniformity and
a minimal palette of materials. Often I'd select a kitchen
sink tap as a design element as it usually tends to stand out.
We like to go with something in a style that relates to the
theme around the house -- if it's square lines, I'd select
a square gooseneck as opposed to a round gooseneck,
and so on.
An extra special touch
We do keep in mind the aesthetic side, perhaps the
ability to design in some display space, and then from a
functional side, a kitchen nook where perhaps you could
have a computer, whiteboard, pin-up board, accounts and
billing can be included.
Well, if you've got wine in the kitchen, I'm there. I really
enjoy a nice Pinot.
"I LIKE A SENSE OF
CALM IN MY SPACES,
LIVING ROOM OR
IS ACHIEVED WITH
A MINIMAL PALETTE
CRAIG STEERE ARCHITECTS
IMAGES CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Craig Steere Architects; Qstone from
JH Wilberforce; Paradigm Architects; Oliveri.
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