Kitchen of the Week: Fabulous mid-century makeover for Nineteen Sixties condominium

This new penthouse kitchen was designed to complement the style of an iconic 1960s apartment complex in Wellington

Anne Briggs

This new penthouse kitchen was designed to enrich the type of an iconic Nineteen Sixties condominium complicated in Wellington

Shade was celebrated within the Nineteen Sixties, and the kitchen was no exception. This week Stuff Right here was the primary authentic Nineteen Sixties house on the market, and probably the most attention-grabbing options was the kitchen, with its shiny yellow and apricot cupboards.

Quick ahead 60 years and colourful kitchens are not the norm – black and white have turn out to be the norm for kitchens at the moment. That is why it is so refreshing to see this little kitchen keep on its traces from that period, and it is particularly acceptable as this kitchen is situated within the penthouse of an iconic Nineteen Sixties Wellington constructing.

The kitchen was designed by the group at Hi there Dwelling Interiors – the group designed different components within the condominium, together with cabinets within the adjoining lounge.

Designer Joneen Rodgers says the house owners are a semi-retired couple, who wished a easy, interval design that wasn’t too fussy. Additionally they wished a joinery to deal with their intensive library.

“The kitchen renovation transient included the shopper’s need to include a mid-century aesthetic, and a practical structure to accommodate a big, rising household.”

Different objects on the want checklist included an island bench that might seat a minimum of two folks, a snug workspace that allowed a couple of individual to work within the kitchen at a time, a deep double sink sink, wall ovens, and easy-care finishes. Cupboard space was additionally wanted for cleansing provides and books.

BEFORE: The existing kitchen was not original, but dated.


BEFORE: The present kitchen was not authentic, however dated.

AFTER: The design team chose Euro Birch plywood in Natural Birch from Plytech for the open shelves and some cabinet doors and drawers.  The other cabinets are fitted with Plytech Euro Futura high-pressure laminate in taupe grey, saffron and wasabi.

Anne Briggs

AFTER: The design group selected Euro Birch plywood in Pure Birch from Plytech for the open cabinets and a few cupboard doorways and drawers. The opposite cupboards are fitted with Plytech Euro Futura high-pressure laminate in taupe gray, saffron and wasabi.

Rodgers says the group needed to work throughout the authorized entity’s rules and “resolve some building points” whereas taking over house planning, design improvement and documentation. And one of many first jobs, working inside constructing tips, was eradicating partitions to open up the kitchen and residing areas.

The fabric palette was developed with the mid-century trendy type in thoughts, and an elaborate joinery design was created to permit for the utmost quantity of cupboard space for the shopper’s many books, artwork and ornaments. This included storage inside a double sided joinery wall.

Rodgers says the design incorporates a colour palette “that’s not shy, however is in good concord with the usage of birch plywood joinery”. Euro Birch plywood in Pure Birch from Plytech is mixed with Euro Futura high-pressure laminate within the shades of Taupe Gray, Saffron and Wasabi.

“Easy cutouts for the handles reap the benefits of the fantastic thing about the laminated plywood (HPL) and polyurethane-finished birch plywood panels. “Plywood can be showcased as vertical slats that mirror the present options within the lobby of the constructing.

“We could not transfer the sink and hob, so there’s barely lower than the same old minimal clearance and fewer than 400mm to the best of the hob, as a result of restricted workbench house within the kitchen.” Nevertheless, the island presents further house for getting ready meals.

A glazed tile backsplash with grout to match the paint colour provides hand-finished texture to the kitchen. That is mixed with a Caesarstone worktop in Alpine Mist.

Cork flooring had been specified for consolation, colour and lightness within the total design, and had been put in with a sound-absorbing underlay to fulfill firm rules.

“Repeated open shelving is detailed, for show functions and to offer an extension of colour palette and rhythm all through the house.”

A Samsung French Door fridge is mixed with a Fisher & Paykel Single DishDrawer, Fisher & Paykel ovens and a Sirius undercounter hood. The hanging lamp is a Derlook duplicate PH 5 hanging lamp in Hues of Inexperienced.

  • Design: Hi there house inside
  • Builder: Aaron Philp, Philp Development
  • Joiner: Scott Beales, SB Joinery


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