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Your secret recipe for a family-friendly kitchen

The layout and appliances that’ll serve you well.

In association with Fisher & Paykel.

The family layout

Tried-and-true instructions for a family-friendly kitchen often begin with an L-shaped configuration. Formed by two connected runs of cabinetry, it creates an efficient working triangle that allows uninterrupted movement from sink, to cooktop, to fridge. In the absence of an island, here there’s ample room for everyone, a dining table and a homework nook to simplify supervised study when you’ve got everything else on the boil.

The look

Family meals can be hectic, so this kitchen sets a soothing mood with a colour palette expressed in timeless timber, natural stone and calm concrete, materials that are as practical and hard-wearing as they are pleasing to the eye. Rich with dark and crystalline tonality, the benchtop inches up the wall to effortlessly form a low-slung splashback. 

The appliances

Modern functionality meets minimal form in our chosen appliances by Fisher & Paykel, their pared-back black finish adding visual contrast but not clutter. An integrated column fridge and freezer sit discreetly within the tall cabinetry, offering multiple modes including soft-freeze for quick thawing, while the double DishDrawer™ has a sanitise mode to combat 99.9% of bacteria. The self-cleaning pyrolytic oven features non-tip shelves for easy handling of hot dishes, and the induction cooktop heats only your pots and pans, not the surface itself, so it’s safe for curious little hands. 

Intuitive brew

A built-in, barista-style coffee machine (seen here above the oven) means one less item on your benchtop, and with 13 beverage options, this pick lets you customise your cuppas every which way — and save your favourite settings.

MAIN APPLIANCES & BACKDROP, FROM LEFT Fisher & Paykel 61cm Left-Hinge Integrated Column freezer, RS6121FLJK1 RRP$13,999; Fisher & Paykel 61cm Right-Hinge Integrated Column refrigerator, RS6121SRK1 RRP$13,999; Fisher & Paykel 60cm Black Built-In coffee machine, EB60DSXBB1 RRP$3999 (available in early 2020); Fisher & Paykel 60cm 85L 11-Function Pyrolytic Black Built-In oven, OB60SD11PB1 RRP$3799; fisherpaykel.com. Cork wall lining, portugalcork.co.nz. Seasoned Oak cabinetry, POA, melteca.net. Wall in Dulux St Andrews, dulux.co.nz. Sensa benchtop in Glacial Blue, POA, cosentino.com. OTHER ITEMS, FROM TOP LEFT Bookend sculpture by Kristina Dam Studio, $435, capricho.co.nz. Bruno Bobble stool, $939, sorenliv.com. Itamae dining table by Tolv, $3179, dawsonandco.nz. No B9 Le Corbusier chair, $534, thonet.co.nz. JH5 pendant light by Jaime Hayón for &Tradition, $579, dawsonandco.nz. Curved Horn bowl, $500, asili.co. Formakami No 18 Bentwood chair, $458, thonet.co.nz. Stone espresso cups by Rachel Carter, $44 each, kaolin.store. Kinto Brim teapot, $109, fatherrabbit.com. Bulb vase by Gidon Bing, $350, capricho.co.nz. All other items stylist’s own.

Snazzy seasonings


FROM LEFT LeVivi Aspen gooseneck sink mixer with flexi-hose, $499, plumbingworld.co.nz. 90cm Integrated Built-In rangehood, HP90IDCHX2 RRP$1499, fisherpaykel.com. 90cm 5-Zone Induction cooktop with SmartZone, CI905DTB3 RRP$3499, fisherpaykel.com. 14 Place Setting Double DishDrawer™ dishwasher, DD60DDFB9 RRP$2799, fisherpaykel.comCoffee percolator by Gidon Bing, $130, capricho.co.nz. R10 500mm Designer sink by Burns & Ferrall, $599, plumbingworld.co.nz.

Styling Juliette Wanty