Villa Riwaka

Bathroom  Interior  Kitchen
Location: Riwaka, Tasman
Designer: Klaus Todt
Photos by: Andre Ismael – Lightstyle


Living design bathroom sink looking outside
Living design bathroom sink and shower

The Approach

This stand-out new build in the countryside, surrounded by orchards and hop farms, certainly makes a statement, both inside and out. This was a large project incorporating many different elements and features – the clients knew what colour palette they wanted but otherwise trusted us with complete freedom of design and materials. Open plan living and lots of glass draws the landscape in; everything feels big. Considering this and the scale of the project, we elected to repeat the design philosophy and materials throughout the house.

One of the first things you notice in the house are the doors and matching doorframes – at height 2.7, they are made from floorboards planked together. The same floorboards were used to craft the stairs, and the fronts and top of the whiskey bar in the lounge. The bar is balanced by a splash back and cupboard unit above, finished in a textured dark oak veneer and is conveniently located for both inside and outside entertainment.

“This was a large project incorporating many different elements and features – the clients knew what colour palette they wanted but otherwise trusted us with complete freedom of design and materials. ”

This space is a showcase of craftsmanship. In the kitchen a large bank of floor to ceiling cupboards and drawers with adjacent sink bench forms the backdrop to the kitchen. It’s finished in perfectly matched rich, dark oak veneer which also wraps around the window like a picture frame. Part of the kitchen is cleverly built back-to-back with the unit in the entrance which features a highly textured back wall of Organoid Wildspitze wallpaper.

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The kitchen is highly functional and practical, but this is an open plan living space, and everything is kept out of sight and tidy. The fridge is integrated and beside it, cupboard doors slide open to reveal an appliance station. This is finished in contrasting Art Oak Veneer and strip lighting highlights the Organoid wallpaper on the back wall. The Art Oak Veneer has also been used to good effect on the kitchen island. It’s topped with a silverTouch stainless steel benchtop and flush-integrated Bora ‘Pure’ hob. There’s a breakfast bar for food on the go and even the towel rail on the end shows exquisite attention to detail.


The floor to ceiling entertainment unit boasts a soft touch Desktop Linoleum base with drawers, anchoring another bank of cupboards, cleverly hiding the 75” TV. Steel shelves display favourite items and indirect lighting creates a soft backdrop.

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In the Laundry, the floor to ceiling cupboards are finished in clean, smooth Linoleum and line both sides of the room. Nice touches of oak veneer on the bench splash-backs and display shelves make this a very nice workspace. Lighting has been integrated into the shelves; the lighting really features in all the design for this house – it’s functional but is also used to create different moods, depending on the occasion or time of day.
We crafted an ensemble of shelves and drawers in the master bedroom walk-in-wardrobe which adjoins the ensuite bathroom, one of 2 bathrooms upstairs built under the pitch of the roof. Both bathrooms feature oak veneer vanities with crafted grip ‘handles’– these are beautiful spaces with soothing colour schemes.
We love the texture, smell, and feel of Organoid natural surfaces; they add something special to any room. Considering the bold use of colour and design, we felt this house was a perfect match to incorporate it. A fun version features in the powder room – Wildspitze with rose, which has a wonderful scent and its flecks of rose petals match the colour of the walls, bathroom suite and Linoleum in the vanity.

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