Stefan Sonntag – Masterwood Joinery

October 22nd, 2019

The owner of this remarkable alpine retreat west of Queenstown’s Lake Hayes was particular about every aspect of the build. Having forged a globally successful property development business, he and his wife knew exactly what they wanted for the 80 square metre heart of their New Zealand ‘Deep South’ home.

Masterwood’s fusion of Oriental and commercial chic so successfully interpreted the design brief that the normally very private couple had no hesitation for their kitchen to be photographed and entered in the 2019 NKBA excellence in design awards.

Clean, straight lines, natural materials and earthy tones set the scene. In juxtaposition to traditional Japanese sliding screens separating the kitchen from an informal dining/lounge area, heavy duty powder coated steel box section legs fabricated Queenstown by Arrowtown Engineering support the two islands with an unapologetically commercial stainless steel kitchen extractor suspended
above the chef’s island.

At one end of the chef’s island is a feature that is an immediate giveaway about the couple’s love of Asian cuisine; a cantilevered teppanyaki grill mounted in Ceasarstone®, a robust engineered stone that is also the island’s work surface. Ceasarstone®,
along with the marble for the pastry island, was supplied by Trethewey Artisan Stone in Christchurch. As an aside, both islands are so substantial a crane was needed to lift each into position.

The owner and his wife are enthusiastic cooks and share a passion for making pastries and baked goods, which explains the ‘must have’ marble topped pastry island with striking powder coated pressed steel back and side panels.

A favourite place in the kitchen is the self-contained coffee making area affording sweeping views that include the 2319m Remarkables range. In summer when the snow has melted it is easy to appreciate just how much the kitchen’s tonal range pays homage to the colours and hues of jagged schist peaks and scree slopes.

While many functional elements are hidden behind six-coat Ameron lacquered soft close doors and panels, the client was very definite about having as a ‘feature wall’ a 2.25m tall by 3.25m long, six door glass fronted display cabinet for dish and glassware and other kitchen items. Lighting hidden under timber shelves supported by elegant powder coated steel posts bring splashes of light and glinting glass to the kitchen; effectively distracting the eye from two pantry areas, one of these being a plumbed and fully equipped butler’s pantry where dirty plates and cutlery can be whisked away out of sight of guests. True to the Oriental theme, form and function are in perfect harmony in these pantries where shelving is supported by powered coated uprights.

As well as the kitchen, Masterwood crafted, supplied and installed joinery throughout the home to the satisfaction of a client who demanded perfection.