Clifton Leung Design Workshop have successfully made the ID&A Awards 2014 Shortlist for the Kitchen over £50,000 Award. Their project ‘Baguio Villa’ is an open kitchen featuring a spacious island with skylight effect, offering a multi-purpose social & gastronomic platform to indulge in. The owners wanted a minimal, functional and inviting kitchen. One of the design missions for Clifton is to create a sufficient storage space for all cooking equipment and utensils.
A skylight effect using fluorescent lights and plastic plates that evokes a light box look. This also made clever use of the existing beams. The “skylight” adds to the kitchen’s light, airy feeling.Also enhancing the airy effect is the material application of high-gloss cabinetry and DuPoint Corian surfaces all in white and ivory shades. The result is a chic and easy-to-maintain kitchen in timeless white.
One of the key factors that made it possible to create an airy kitchen out of the original little kitchen was to knock down a wall that stood between the kitchen and an adjacent room, this is essential to expand the kitchen space to accommodate the giant island. The built-in design of the kitchen appliances is extremely sleek and minimal, it echoes with the owners’ preference of minimalistic and contemporary style, creating an airy and cozy ambience. The classic white open-kitchen is timeless. It is completely decked out in white, with cabinet in high gloss white paint and counter top in ivory shades.
The modern kitchen island serves as a casual dining area, and when adorned by a few bar stools, the space can be transformed into a contemporary bar corner. Book shelves are incorporated into the sides of the island to serve dual purposes; it maximizes storage space and adds an artistic touch to the kitchen décor, allowing the owners to convenient access to cookbooks or enjoy a good read over a cup of coffee.