Tricks and tech to give ambitious up-and-comers all the luxury of a large kitchen, but compact.
In association with Fisher & Paykel.
THE YOUNG PROFESSIONAL LAYOUT
Small-space living calls for some big ideas. Most efficient for a compact kitchen in an open-plan area is a single-row layout, which sees appliances and cabinetry contained along one wall. This also allows room for a dining table; we chose a petite, circular style with no hard edges to bump into and maximum legroom. Wire mesh shelving offers storage and display and uses the room’s full height.
A savvy trick as old as time, the light colours and integrated appliances in this scheme make the space seem anything but tight. Indulging in a few high-end pieces ups the luxe factor without overspending; you don’t need a lot of textural granite to turn a splashback into a focal point that ties in with your other materials and hues. Add a succinct edit of curios you can admire and put to good use.
The best things come in the small-space- friendly packages that are Fisher & Paykel’s compact appliances, which don’t compromise on form or function. This integrated multi-temperature CoolDrawer™ has five food modes, from fridge to wine to freezer; the high-performance single DishDrawer™ runs quickly and quietly, so it won’t disturb the peace; and below the cooktop that can be mixed and matched to include induction and gas, the oven has a comprehensive nine cooking functions.
Fisher & Paykel’s washer/dryer combo provides everything you need in a single machine — and it doesn’t require venting, so you can happily tuck it away in a cupboard.
APPLIANCES & BACKDROP, FROM LEFT Fisher & Paykel Integrated CoolDrawer™ Multi-Temperature drawer, RB90S64MKIW1 RRP$4599; Fisher & Paykel 60cm Compact 9-Function Built-In oven, OB60NC9DEX1 RRP$2399; Fisher & Paykel Integrated Single DishDrawer™ dishwasher, DD60SI9 RRP$1599; Fisher & Paykel 8.5kg/5kg washer dryer combo, WD8560F1 RRP$2499, fisherpaykel.com. Wall in Resene Westar; cabinetry in Resene Alabaster, resene.co.nz. Sensa Colonial White splashback, POA, cosentino.com. Stainless steel benchtop, POA, stainlessbenchtops.co.nz. Smartfloor Blond Oak engineered timber flooring, $171/m2, forteflooring.co.nz. Minimalist Single Level mixer by Methven, $636, plumbingworld.co.nz. ON SHELVES, FROM LEFT Footless planter by Gidon Bing, $80, capricho.co.nz. Glasses by Monmouth Glass Studio, $72 each, tessuti.co.nz. Scala bookend, $59/two, doiydesign.com. Orb watering can by Ferm Living, $169, capricho.co.nz. White Satin bowls, $47 each, saladdaysceramics.com. I Heart You potted plant, $70, silllife.co.nz. Alza bowl by Ferm Living, $220, capricho.co.nz. REMAINING ITEMS, FROM LEFT Aldome knobs, $4 each, archant.co.nz. Soft chairs, $727 each, daniel-emma-store.com. New York dining table, $1599, boconcept.co.nz. Muses Clio vase by Ferm Living, $160, capricho.co.nz. Helsinki planter, $55, achomestore.co.nz.
MORE SECRETS TO SUCCESS
FROM LEFT: Led Tomares 2-Light spot lighting, $200, lightingdirect.co.nz. 30cm 2-Zone induction cooktop with SmartZone, CI302DTB3 RRP$1999, fisherpaykel.com. Coffee dripper, $45, taus.co.nz. Magnetic knife rack by Capital Kitchen, $40, stevens.co.nz. Tosca laundry basket by Yamazaki, $95, paperplanestore.com.
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