When you have the verdant New Zealand landscape as your home's backdrop, it's natural to want to bring a little of that green inside. This MDF kitchen island (which conceals a fireplace at one end) is painted a bright green to reflect the native plants outside. And just look at that wall of windows! See another photo below:
As Dwell notes,
On a sunny day with the glass sliders pushed back... you can sit at the table at the end of the kitchen island and hear birdsong and the sounds of the waves in the bay. In spring, blossoms from the manuka trees drift prettily onto the floor. On a cool night when a storm rages, the couple can sit near the fire—cleverly incorporated at the other end of the kitchen island—and feel protected from the elements by the home's solid embrace of the hill.
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(Images: Matthew Williams for Dwell)