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Monday, 27 September 2010

Black is Back

This island presents itself as a cool, dark monolithic block with some hidden features.  The cooking area of the island slides back to create a cantilevered informal seating area, this function also allows the user to easily access the storage drawers beneath.
The Mogul particularly likes the simple but incredibly effective wine storage area on the front of the island.  The use of lighting shelves in this area breaks up the rigidity of the island design and introduces an interactive feature that will change over time.  The introduction of new or differently coloured bottles will change the appearance of the island and the texture of the lighting.  This idea softens the design and allows for an expression of self.  The use of light in this way can have a calming effect on the viewer.
The minimal, shape shifting bank of units behind the island is a fitting extension to this idea. 

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