Their forecast is centred around the Maori concept of hospitality, manaakitanga, and top Fisher & Paykel tech.
In association with Fisher & Paykel.
Interior architects Toni Brandso and Olivia Patience of Auckland studio Material Creative see the kitchen becoming a fusion of residential and restaurant — as smooth-running as a commercial kitchen, thanks to a clever design like this and its menu of leading appliances by Fisher & Paykel, but with the casual familiarity and domesticity of home, supporting true hospitality.
“‘Manaakitanga’ is a Māori word that loosely translates to ‘hospitality’ and reflects a traditional value that’s hugely important to Aotearoa’s indigenous culture,” says Toni. “We believe the art of hosting guests translates naturally from commercial hospitality spaces to residential homes. We all enjoy going out to eat, but with us spending more time at home these days, our kitchens will continue to become a central point for connecting with family and hosting friends, as well as a place where we can feel like we’re part of something bigger.”
MAIN IMAGE AND ABOVE: APPLIANCES, FROM LEFT Fisher & Paykel 61cm Integrated Column wine cabinet, RS6121VR2K1 $15,999; Fisher & Paykel Series 11 76cm Integrated Column fridge, RS7621SRHK1 $15,999; Fisher & Paykel Series 11 76cm Integrated Column freezer, RS7621FLJK1 $15,999; Fisher & Paykel Integrated Single Tall Sanitise DishDrawer dishwashers, DD60STI9 $2329 each; Fisher & Paykel 67cm 17-Function Self-Cleaning ovens, OB76SDPTDB1 $8129 each; Fisher & Paykel 83cm 4-Zone Induction cooktop with Integrated Ventilation, CID834DTB4 $6299, fisherpaykel.com. BACKDROP Ceiling and walls in Suave polished plaster, POA, ambitec.co.nz. Caramel tiles (in nook), POA, heathceramics.com. Fendi Herringbone Venture Plank flooring, POA, vidaspace.co.nz. OTHER ITEMS IN KITCHEN, FROM LEFT Herman chairs by Ferm Living, $1035 each, slowstore.co.nz. Pebble plate, $160, and Rock vase, $255, by Dinosaur Designs, bedthreads.co.nz. Cabanon Soft Roseau fabric (used on banquette), POA, designersguild.com. Tapware by Vola, POA, metrix.co.nz. (From top shelf in nook) Rock candleholders by Tom Dixon, $378/set of two, simonjames.co.nz. La Chamba cookware, from $65, frenchcountry.co.nz. Stone mortar and pestle, $430, and Rock serving board, $440, by Tom Dixon, simonjames.co.nz. La Chamba salt bowls, from $20 each, frenchcountry.co.nz.
HOSTING WITH HEART
“Hospitality is at the heart of what we do at Material Creative and here, drawing inspiration from our hotel and hospitality industry projects, we’ve designed a multi-purpose entertainer’s kitchen based around the concept of the chef’s table,” says Olivia.
A change from a standard linear look, gentle curves and custom-made furniture fill this space, in which the island is the stage for the theatre of cooking for an audience seated at a banquette. In sleek black glass, a Fisher & Paykel induction cooktop with downdraft ventilation is unobtrusive in the island, removing the need for a rangehood while providing impressive results. An arrangement as efficient as that in your favourite restaurant sees Fisher & Paykel DishDrawer dishwashers integrated into the island too, in single drawers on either side of the sink, serving both the kitchen and the adjacent bar area, and coming in handy between courses. On the back wall, large-capacity Fisher & Paykel ovens make hosting any number of invitees a cinch, while offering cooking tips and recipes via touchscreens to help you upskill to head chef status in no time.
ABOVE: ITEMS IN BAR, FROM LEFT Burgundy and White Waves artwork, POA, mimijung.com. Luisa Acqua glasses by R&D Lab, $185/set of two, tessuti.co.nz. (From top shelf) Gin, $125/bottle, exhibitabrand.com. Luisa Calice glasses, $275 each/sets of two, tessuti.co.nz. Shogun lamp by Artemide, POA, ecc.co.nz.
CHEERS TO THAT
To one side of the island in this kitchen sits a bar area to operate as a spot in which the sommelier of the house can show off their talents. Operating like a maître d’s buff station, a freestanding server is set on hidden castor wheels to form a flexible piece of furniture that means guests can be greeted on arrival with standing starters and refreshments poured straight from the integrated Fisher & Paykel column wine cabinet. This caters to all tastes via two independent Variable Temperature Zones, such precise control allowing cellaring and serving at the same time, so you’re able to pull off wine and food pairing like a pro.
As all good hosts know, prepping is key to a successful occasion, and next to the bar, a door crafted from striking amber glass connects to a scullery where you can tuck away any number of finished dishes till you’re ready to reveal them — or easily store them in the Fisher & Paykel integrated column fridge and freezer beside it — they have separate temperature zones with ActiveSmart tech that keeps food fresher, a chilled water dispenser, and an ice maker with Boost that’s ideal when entertaining.
This kitchen’s material palette is also a feast for the eyes. Burgundy cabinetry and herringbone flooring surround extra texture and colour in dapper details like the island and matching chopping board in Rosso Levanto granite. It’s a luxe space intended to satiate your appetite for good times with loved ones at home.