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If you are renovating your kitchen or bathroom or building a new one, there's never been a
more exciting time. Why? Both wet rooms are aligning their aesthetic with the rest of the
home and finally loosening up a bit in regard to their traditional use. For us this means a
new dawn of decoration and design possibility. In this 2010/11 issue of WA's Best Kitchens
& Bathrooms, we navigate those possibilities to bring you solutions for today's lifestyles.
e kitchen has been on its journey of integration for quite a while. e breakdown
of the wall between the cooking and dining areas happened many decades ago, and the island
bench evolved. Today, that island bench has become a multi-functioning 'meet, greet, eat'
area of the home that can be all things to all people -- it just needs to be sorted in the planning.
is 'new' kitchen became a designated area in open-plan spaces during the 1990s as zoning
became de rigueur. Today, however, the concept of defining space is being dropped in favour
of a more holistic thinking. Our lifestyle zones are becoming one, opening up our homes to
this new era of possibility.
Design, decoration and dining have changed, too: we've become less
structured in the way we think and behave in these areas. However, while we've loosened
up in our attitudes, the kitchen has tightened up in its technology. It is working harder than
ever before to bring us more streamlined, quieter zones that take their cue from the new world
around them, and clever finishes are anchoring the kitchen into its new-found position.
e bathroom, too, is following this trend. Cutting-edge designs are seeing the walls
breaking down between our bedrooms and bathrooms, and outdoors, to create a holistic
'intimate' space for all our personal needs -- sleeping, bathing, beautifying, rejuvenating and
more. And global trends and leading designers, such as Patricia Urquiola (see p30), are
pushing our perceptions of the role of the bathroom, creating an era of exploration in terms
of what can and should be in this wet room. Yes, the bathroom is emerging as another area of
the home to personalise. About time!
What does this mean for us? A new freedom in the way we think about
our kitchens and bathrooms, and exciting potential in terms of how far design and decoration
can be pushed to evolve these areas even more. is 2010/11 annual issue of WA's Best Kitchen &
Bathrooms has been designed as an inspiring sourcebook for the renovator or new home builder
who wants to get the most out of their wet rooms. We bring you industry leaders, international
inspiration and trends that are not just fashionable, but also of benefit for you and your lifestyle.
e K&B team members had an eye-opening journey into the new world of today's wet
rooms while researching this magazine, so, for you, we hope this translates into even more
personalised, beautiful spaces that enhance your life. Enjoy.
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We hope you enjoy
our selection of interiors
including, from top:
a Patricia Urquiola
bathroom in our
p30; a Poliform kitchen
in our Update section,
p46; a Laminex design
in our top 20 guide, p73;
and this London space
in Inspiration, p44.
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