Show-stopping design

For interior and architectural design lovers, it’s always an exciting time seeing the Trends International Design Awards (TIDA), and the 2022 awards were no exception.

The 2022 TIDA Kitchen of the Year was awarded to Christchurch interior designer Davinia Sutton.

The winning kitchen is described as both sophisticated and rustic, and perfectly matches the relaxed and serene seaside setting of the home.

Davinia, of Detail by Davinia Sutton, says, “Our homeowners envisioned a kitchen space with a natural feel that complemented their architecturally designed beachside holiday home. They desired a relaxed yet functional, uncluttered kitchen that stayed true to both the boldness of the striking modern architecture and the serenity of the seaside location.”

The kitchen had to accommodate everyday functionality as well as the requirements of regular entertaining.

“Taking advantage of this spatial placement, the kitchen design is set out in a galley format, extending into a working pantry beyond,” Davinia explains. “The critical pantry area offers the luxury of separating food preparation from the main space when entertaining.”

“Its design also creates a defined and clean block form and perspective from the living space. A raised timber bench provides privacy from the living area and brings an interesting natural element to the design.

“The striking warmth of this form draws the kitchen into its surroundings, using a crafted combination of colour, light and texture to create visual unity and to increase the illusion of space.”

The TIDA judges felt this kitchen displays a beautiful balance of colour, light and texture, enhancing the space and creating a bespoke kitchen that is both sophisticated and refined.

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