A love of mid-century design provided the aesthetic base for the renovation of this 1960s terrace apartment in Remuera. Verso Architecture + Interiors was asked to re-design the kitchen and dining area for the newly retired homeowners, who have a background in homeware and own a well curated collection of mid-century furniture.
A small deck was removed to make way for a more functional, extended living space, which includes a highly detailed kitchen with pantry, laundry, bar seating, island, dining and a built-in credenza. Surrounded by mid century pieces, the design needed to feel like part of the furniture. Heart Rimu was chosen for key areas of cabinetry to tie in with the dining table. Open shelving on the island and in the rear cabinetry provides space to display the homeowner’s collection of crockery. A Mutina tile from European Ceramics adorns the splashback and creates a feature on the island sides, lending a sense of Art Deco character and some cool, subtle colour.
As well as being a beautiful and warm space to occupy, it is now very functional, with large sliding doors over the pantry and laundry to allow any mess to be hidden away. While not large in area, the new design works exceptionally well for the couple who occupy it and their collection of art, ceramics and furniture, and allows them the space to entertain guests.
Words by Camille Khouri
Photos by Jane Ussher