ANITA MAES & HELEN WILCOCK – WHAT THE JUDGES SAID: “An inviting family kitchen that integrates perfectly with the rest of this beautifully renovated home. Some really clever, interesting touches that are responses to the style of the home rather than just current trends. The simple curved mantel that hides the splashback, for example, and the detail in the cabinetry corner posts which echoes a similar emblem in wallpaper in the kitchen and elsewhere in the house.”
HIGHLY COMMENDED HELEN WILCOCK OF DESIGN.SPEC AND ANITA MAES OF BELLA CASSITA: The challenge was to create a kitchen that works for a family of today, yet still stays true to the design of this heritage Auckland home. The hob splashback is a standout feature, combining 27 different tile patterns in colours of black, white and grey.
WHAT THE JUDGES SAID: “Every detail in this kitchen and laundry area – from the lights, to the cornices to the cupboards – has been carefully considered. We loved the discrete LED lights and the birdcage pendant lights; the custom designed cornices, and the cunning sliding doors. The colour works, the layers of texture are magnificent. A truly elegant space.”
SUPREME WINNER NATALIE DU BOIS OF DU BOIS DESIGN: The supreme winner of the 2015 NZ House & Garden Interior of the Year awards is a beautiful Auckland kitchen that features painted pressed tin panels, including on the sliding panels that hide the hardworking laundry and larder areas.