Japanese Contemporary Kitchen Design - Best of Easts Meets WestContemporary Kitchen, Brisbane
The best of East meets West, this design demonstrates the successful combination of minimalist principles seen in traditional Japanese design with the contemporary Australian lifestyle of a typical modern Australian family. The result is simple clean lines paired with warm earthy tones; rich wood
finishes married to organic elements and cabinetry artfully arranged to create a balanced, harmonious
and functional kitchen highly sought after by the client.
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Wabi-sabi aestheticThe aesthetics of any kitchen are important. Wabi and sabi are two of the key Japanese aesthetic concepts.Wabi-sabi alludes to the Japanese art of appreciating things that are imperfect and transient. Characteristics of the wabi-sabi aesthetic include simplicity, economy, modesty, asymmetry, austerity and appreciation of natural objects and materials. Simple, clean lines play a big part in the planning of a Japanese-style kitchen. This doesn’t mean boring, though! Instead, think streamlined and simple. This stylish looking, Japanese-inspired kitchen has some beautiful design elements, and if you look closely you will see that everything has been designed using simple, clean finishes with no fussy detail, intricate panelling or overly-ornate accessories.
FACTORS THAT WILL DETERMINE THE PERFECT PENDANTSize of your kitchenHow big your kitchen is will play a key role in determining the number of pendants you use to illuminate the area. “If you have a large rectangular space or island bench, then you can generally go with more than one light,” says Brisbane kitchen designer Darren James, who designed the Asian-inspired culinary zone above. “However, the number of lights is not as important as the scale of the pendant to the space.”Moxie Transitional Pendant Light and Transitional Rectangular Kitchen Island Light: Custom Lighting
5. On the sideNow here’s a chic cantilevered bench with a twist. Rather than extending a section of the thin, neutral-toned benchtop past the end of the island, Brisbane designer Darren James has placed a separate slab of stone (in a contrasting tone and thickness) on top of the bench and rotated it to sit across the width of the workspace. This not only helps define the cooking zone and visually separate it from the surrounding open-plan area, but also makes the space feel more communal, as the seating faces inward fostering a sense of togetherness.As you can see, the contrasting look and unique configuration of both benches also succeed in transforming a basic island bench into a statement-making design feature.Island benchtop: 12mm Solid Surface in ‘Sanded Chestnut’ Staron; cantilevered benchtop: 80mm Quartz Stone with Jaipur undulated finish in ‘Thyme’, Stone Italiana.
12. Unique layoutWhile kitchen benches are often designed with a dining space attached, this concept boasts a unique design. The long dining table is designed at the end of the bench and seems to float above it, rather than being positioned lower than benchtop height as many other are. Bar stools are the choice of seating here…MORE12 Ways Perfect Illumination Can Make a Dining Room Light UpHow to Make a Formal Dining Room Feel More Welcoming5 Questions to Answer Before Planning a Dining Room
Side view. If it doesn’t make sense at your place to have bar stools lining the island bench, consider this nifty alternative.
7. Think about feng shuiKitchens are considered very important in feng shui because the Chinese equate food with wealth and success. The belief is that a cook should always work in a clear, uncluttered, brightly-lit and well-ventilated kitchen. More: Let the Sun Shine in: How to Brighten Your Kitchen With Natural Light