From an aesthetic and functional perspective, the kitchen was designed for ‘passionate cooks’, Tania adds. While at first glance, the room appears simple and uncluttered, the sleek cabinetry conceals some impressive inclusions designed to enhance the end-user’s experience, from quick access internal drawers, pull-out spice and tea-towel racks, to the pantry fitted with adjustable drawers. Off to one side is a dedicated coffee nook, enclosed behind a custom-designed door that swings open to reveal a cleverly integrated coffee pod storage system. The nook includes a pull-out shelf for a kettle and coffee machine, plus compartmentalised drawers for mugs, teaspoons, teabags and sugar. ‘It’s all been designed to make life easier,’ Tania says.
Ultimately, this kitchen is equal parts aspirational and inspirational. ‘For me the design is a tribute to a trendy New York loft and apartment-style living, and who doesn’t want that?’ Tania says. Unique in that it was designed entirely without the compromises that inevitably occur when designing ‘real life’ kitchens for ‘real life’ clients, the kitchen showcases the pinnacle of ergonomic functionality and trend adaptation. It can be tailored to new builds or renovations, replicated in whole, or used as a springboard for ideas.
Since the New York kitchen has been built, Stefan says visitors to the showroom are ‘spending quite a bit of time in there, it’s really drawing them in. I think people feel quite calm in there, which is how it makes me feel.’
‘It’s very tranquil,’ Tania adds. ‘It’s all about the New York State of Mind!’