This is a renovation in a inner city high rise apartment building.
The kitchen looked very small and cramped because of a badly designed island bench with overhanging cabinets. It was also very difficult to use.
The clients both work full time and have three young kids. They are extremely busy. Time together is limited because of their busy schedules. As their kids started to grow up they were feeling the distance between family members increasing due to less and less time being spent together. They wanted to make some changes to bring their family closer together and to increase the amount of time that they could spend with each other.
First of all we decided to remove the bench and overhanging cabinets in the kitchen which had created a big divider between the kitchen and the living room. By doing this we wanted to open up the room so that connections and communication between family members could be made more easily.
Secondly we designed a new bench for the kitchen that allowed the chef to face the living room and see and talk with everyone. We made the bench extra large so that mum or dad could prepare meals while the kids could do their homework. Mum or Dad could easily see what the child is writing and talk with them about their homework or even just chat about their day.
The resulting design is a beautiful island bench made of 600year old beech. The room is now much more spacious looking and easier to use. The kids do their homework and eat afternoon tea at the bench while mum cooks. After the kids go to bed mum and dad sip wine and chat over their day.