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Top 3 kitchen designs of 2015

by Tania Wannenburg
Top 3 kitchens

The Caesarstone Kitchen of the Year has been announced, with two designs by Adolf Conradie from Optima Kitchens taking top honours.

Two Steyn City kitchens, designed by Adolf Conradie from Optima Kitchens in Johannesburg, took both the first and second spot in the Caesarstone Kitchen of the Year competition, while Mariaan van Zyl and Andrea Neer from Espresso Design’s showroom kitchen came third.

The winning kitchen, designed for the Creamer household, is a modern, open-plan space with a triple-volume ceiling. According to Conradie, the open space was one of the biggest challenges in the design since it had to look good at ground level and from above.

The judges commended the on-point styling of the light fittings and kitchen stools and the kitchen’s seamless integration with the rest of the house. Caesarstone Pure White countertops were used throughout the design.

To ground the huge island, a waterfall feature was created on the edges of the surface, and to keep the view open and clean, the extractor system was fitted to retract into the island when not in use. Another interesting design element is the closed off area with sliding doors that reveal a cocktail bar and effortlessly transform the kitchen into an entertainment area.

In the second place, Conradie’s contemporary kitchen design for the De Wet family’s house in Steyn City showcases white, high-gloss cabinets and a 5m long kitchen island with prominent Caesarstone Piatra Grey countertops.

“Trending worldwide now are marble-like colours and the dark contrast, and the marble-like block appearance in relation to the crisp, white background works very well for this kitchen because of the strong symmetry,” comments Conradie.

As many of the appliances were possibly integrated behind doors, a coffee station and wine bar were embedded on one side and the extractor fan was installed in the ceiling bulkhead, to prevent obscuring the main view and detracting from the bold, symmetrical statement.

Designed for the Espresso Design showroom in the Bokaap in Cape Town, Mariaan van Zyl and Andrea Neer had free reign, but still had to make sure the design is functional and practical.
 
Every detail has been carefully considered, such as the Caesarstone Organic White countertop’s unusual reverse bevel with 45 degree angles. The light countertop is contrasted with dark wood and makes use of all the latest high-quality runners and soft-close technology.

The winning kitchen designer and homeowner each received R50 000 as well as a luxurious KitchenAid hamper.

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