Kitchen of the week: An open-plan space to enjoy with the family
Dyed aluminum furniture from Bulthaup multiplies the light and creates a contemporary atmosphere in which to spend time with friends and family.
To achieve a practical workspace and, at the same time, a stimulating meeting corner to enjoy with friends. This was the premise that marked the kitchen project that Ninona Mestre, director of the Bulthaup Barcelona - Bach 7 showroom, directed. In addition, a bar has been designed where to have an aperitif or simply a light buffet. "The owners have children and when they are not celebrating family meals they enjoy their time with friends. The kitchen is a very lively, busy place," confesses the interior designer. The room's natural light made it possible to opt for dark furniture, bringing personality to this project with a technical heart.
Life flows unhindered between the dining area, dominated by a spectacular table made of a single piece of aged solid oak, the kitchen and the pantry area. To turn the kitchen into a gathering space, Ninona has planned a large work surface: an island where you can cook while enjoying views of the dining room and garden. "Here I have added a large overhanging bar and stools that make it possible to share the preparation of dishes, chats, snacks... A place, in short, for meeting," says the interior designer. A graphite-colored laminate has been selected for the worktop. It is a 1 cm thick work surface from Bulthaup (a brand also used in the furniture). Flush with it, a large induction hob. The fume extraction hood is a camouflaged surface model that emerges when necessary. It is a retractable design of the Spanish firm Pando, very successful when you want to give prominence to the lighting with pendant lamps. In particular, Davide Groppi's black Miss pendant lamps are used. The lines of white spotlights, meanwhile, are made up of models of the Faro Barcelona brand.
The furniture is made with Bulthaup's b3 system in gray aluminum finish, a dark shade that allowed the environment, bathed in abundant natural light. The arrangement of the space is parallel: "A line of column modules was arranged against the wall to house the appliances and storage space; in front of them runs the generous island with the cooking and water areas embedded in a graphite-colored laminate countertop," describes Ninona. The interior designer says that "the choice of dyed aluminum as the material for all the fronts of the furniture has a wonderful effect, not only because it has the virtue of reflecting the light that surrounds it in a masterful way, but also because it is a very expressive material, soft to the touch and, in addition, excellent maintenance".
Two materials provide a warm counterpoint to the sober gray; see the solid walnut wood used in the bar (present in a significant thickness) and the exposed brick on some walls. In short: everything has been studied to create a comfortable, elegant and welcoming space where you feel like staying.