When you have to cook every day, it’s always better to do it in a fun and enjoyable environment. What you need is a stylish kitchen with a thoughtful design – just the kind of thing that Miles Hartwell and Matt Withingtonspecialise in.
For the duo, the kitchen is not just a place for creating food. “We wanted to [come up with] a kitchen that is as much a feast for the eyes as it is for the appetite,” Hartwell explains.
For an appealing dining experience, presentation is key – and a space designed by the duo provides the icing on the cake.
With its two crescent-shaped kitchen bars, “Tipping Point is an optically arresting sculptural kitchen,” Hartwell says. “The concept for this kitchen has captivated our imagination at the design studio. We hope it will fascinate a bold patron.”
The design is not for the faint-hearted, with “the body appearing to defy gravity by impossibly balancing a huge leaning volume on a knife-edge”.
Apart from the intriguing shape, the highly reflective stainless steel surface of the kitchen bar with reclaimed teak and glass also makes a strong impression. According to the duo, the reflective mirror-polished stainless steel is sensitive to its surroundings and echoes its environment.
Together with the circular shape, which creates a self-contained working area, the reflective design heightens
a sense of visual weightlessness – offering a gleaming, eye-catching pair of balancing arcs in perfect symmetry.
“Tipping Point has an interesting dichotomy. It has a commanding presence, with its playful shape and strong geometry; it also has a lightness, through the weightless tapered base and endless reflections,” Hartwell says.
Working in a beautiful space is the first step to having an enjoyable cooking time. What makes the hard work easy is having the right tools.
According to the duo, this piece functions like a stage where the cookingtakes place, completely serviced with a sink, draining board, dishwasher, induction hobs, storage and all the necessary utilities.
One arc features an integrated curved sink and a drainer rendered in reclaimed teak, which is prized for its resistance to water. The opposite arc has a cooking surface conceived in black heatproof glass with an induction hob. Both counterparts employ the same curved drawers in dark walnut, which adds visual weight and lends shading to the interior.
The 360-degree space – the “stage” – is where the cooking process can be observed, performed and enjoyed. The raised height of the outer level of the circle functions as a ledge to sit at or to serve on.
Also rendered in walnut and circular in shape are the dime wall cabinets in the background. Evoking the dynamics of a spinning coin –the American dime – the ripple sycamore and solid walnut cabinets are shaped as hemispheres affixed to the wall. The doors are composed of individual curved segments which glide and shuffle to reveal storage space and shelving.
With a few splashes of the designers’ imaginations, the kitchen is thus transformed into an enjoyable space.
BREAKDOWN OF COST
Tipping Points: HK$1.38 million
Dime Cabinets: HK$530,000
Consultation fee: HK$190,400
Installation fee: HK$95,200
Total: HK$2.2 million