Kitchen Report

A place for everything

This Phoenix kitchen by Varenna Poliform, from Studio Italia may be about clean surfaces, but the storage units mean you can still have your best glassware on display without the clutter

Tower of strength

Who wants to be in the kitchen at parties? Us, if we can play with this Vinturi red wine tower, $180, from Gibbston Valley vineyard.

The all-rounder

Magimix’s Multifunction Cook Expert is an all-in-one thermo cooking whizz. Designed in France, the processor, juicer, dicer and oven has 12 automatic cooking programmes for you to make soup, risotto, cakes, breads, chocolate mousse and frozen desserts with a single gadget. $2399 from Smith & Caughey's.

Smoke gets in your eyes

Hostesses know an interesting glass can shift whatever’s in it up a notch. These smoke-toned mid-century style glasses can just about make champagne out of beer. $8 per glass from Kmart.

Bar None

Bar stools to kick back on. From left: Kmart stool, $29; Sketch Requin bar stool, $395, from McKenzie & Willis; Ares barstool, $195, from Zuca.

Toast by Dolce & Gabbana

Smeg’s collab with the Italian fashion powerhouse means you can match your breakfast with your shoes. We can’t sleep until these land on our shores, hopefully sometime next year, along with designer mixers, blenders and coffee machines.

Dish the dirt

Posh dishcloths are a thing – really. We can’t promise you’ll look forward to doing the dishes with these Bianca Lorenne dishcloths, but they may make washing up a bit more interesting. The Seletti Inception dish rack, however, will definitely bring a smile to your face. The 3D New York cityscape silicone rack will have you making dirty dishes just to use the thing. The most fun in the kitchen since Kim Basinger got the milk out of the fridge in 9½ Weeks. And if you can’t wait for the dishes to drip dry, try picking up a cheeky meerkat tea towel.

Bianca Lorenne dishcloths, $25 for three from Moi on George

Inception dish rack, $182, from Seletti

Meerkat Tea Towel Shut the Front Door $25

On a roll

Note to self: get one of George & Willy’s studio rollers. Then, you’ll never be caught short when you need to write something down in the kitchen again. $230 from Paper Plane.

Total control

Induction is fast becoming the new gas. The reason? It’s lightning fast with even heat. Miele’s new KM6381 PowerFlex induction cooktops make it even easier to use thanks to a panoramic design allowing pots and pans to sit side-by-side for easy access. What’s more, the cooktop has sensor controls, so a moment’s inattention won’t have you crying into burned custard. $4899.


Canterbury and Mid & South Canterbury region’s top home builds announced

An Ashburton home and a Merivale renovation have won this year’s Supreme Awards in the Canterbury and Mid & South Canterbury Registered Master Builders 2018 House of the Year competition. 


11 April 2016 - Search begins for NZ's top builds

Search begins for NZ's top builds