Black kitchen with island in a flat with a bohemian spirit

25/ 01 / 2021

The owners of this home, a couple with two children aged 12 and 18, planned the comprehensive renovations with the kitchen as the starting point, as it was the family’s favourite spot to get together and spend time together.

History, character and a bohemian spirit

Black Santos kitchen with island in a flat with a bohemian spirit
Black Santos kitchen with island in a flat with a bohemian spirit
Black Santos kitchen with island in a flat with a bohemian spirit
The flat, located in an 18th-century building right at the heart of Rennes (Brittany, France), was in a poor state of conservation. What’s more, its badly thought-out layout made it narrow, uncomfortable and dark. Right from the outset, the new tenants saw the need to rethink not only the interior design, but also the spaces themselves, to transform it into a modern, comfortable and cosy home.
Black Santos kitchen with island in a flat with a bohemian spirit
Black Santos kitchen with island in a flat with a bohemian spirit
Black Santos kitchen with island in a flat with a bohemian spirit

Thus, the rooms were grouped together according to their function, concentrating the private areas—suite, two bedrooms and two bathrooms—into one wing of the house, and the public areas—living room, dining room and kitchen—into the opposite side, keeping the middle of the floor for hallways and two offices.

Black Santos kitchen with island in a flat with a bohemian spirit
Black Santos kitchen with island in a flat with a bohemian spirit
Black Santos kitchen with island in a flat with a bohemian spirit

The renovation carried out by Inma Studio managed to recover the most characteristic features of the original building, such as its fireplaces, mouldings, doors and Versailles parquet flooring. These hallmarks were emphasised by means of an interior design that blends classic and contemporary, using the trio of black, white and wood as the common thread. The outcome is sleek, elegant and casual, with a style that the designer herself defines as bohemian chic.

The kitchen, a space within the home without compare

Black Santos kitchen with island in a flat with a bohemian spirit
One of the keys to the renovation was the relocation of the kitchen. It was moved from its original location at the entrance to the flat to one of the brightest and cheeriest rooms. To kit it out, the designer chose furniture designed by Santos that—with its minimalist and contemporary style—creates an interesting contrast with the building’s recovered elements. What’s more, the clean lines of the units make it easy to blend them together with an architecture that has its own distinctive style. Moreover, the radical simplicity of the finishes—in black and white—creates a timeless interplay with the colours of the fireplace, which was the source of inspiration for the kitchen’s colour scheme.
Cocina Santos negra con isla en un apartamento con espíritu bohemio
Black Santos kitchen with island in a flat with a bohemian spirit

The layout of the equipment was done while bearing aesthetic and structural criteria in mind. Only one of the four walls could be furnished, as two of them were decorated with mouldings, while the fourth wall had large windows. Thus, the available partition wall was used to hold a spectacular composition of base, wall and tall units—all with a black finish—, bringing together the preparation and washing-up areas, as well as kitchen appliances in an extremely compact space.

The rest of the kitchen is concentrated onto a white island, with a worktop and sides clad with Neolith’s Statuario Silk to further emphasise it as the pièce de résistance. The island holds the cooking and preparation areas, plus numerous storage options on both sides: four base units with side opening door on the outside and, on the inside, a hob unit and a drawer unit. A wooden counter is attached to the island, which serves as a table for the family to enjoy meals and snacks.

Black Santos kitchen with island in a flat with a bohemian spirit
Black Santos kitchen with island in a flat with a bohemian spirit

Careful planning has made this comfortable, practical and versatile kitchen possible, which comes with top-quality equipment and great storage capacity, all without going overboard and remaining faithful to the house’s style.

THE PROPERTY

Category: Flat
Location: Rennes (Brittany, France)
Floor area: 154 m2
Architecture, décor and styling: Inma Valero Sacristán (Inma Studio )
Photography: Germain Herriau

THE KITCHEN

Santos distributor: Santos Estudio Ávila
Floor area: 27 m2
Santos units: Silk Black LAH FINE / Sapporo White
Layout: Parallel to the island
Worktop: Neolith Nero / Statuario Silk

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