Santos Kitchens: designed to suit any home
13 / 11 / 2020
Thanks to their design and versatility, Santos kitchen cabinets offer the utmost in performance in the least amount of space, regardless of room size or the home’s style. This ability is shown by these five projects featured in publications specialising in décor and interior design.
A bohemian spirit
The renovation carried out by the designer Inma Valero in this flat, located in an 18th-century building, has successfully recovered some of its most characteristic aspects, such as its fireplaces, mouldings, doors and Versailles parquet flooring. All of them are underscored by an interior design that is sleek, elegant and casual, which blends classic and contemporary. The kitchen, which was relocated to one of the brightest and cheeriest rooms in the house, was kitted out with furniture designed by Santos that—with its minimalist and contemporary style—creates an interesting contrast with the recovered elements.
The kitchen equipment was laid out while bearing aesthetic and structural criteria in mind. Thus, the only partition wall without any mouldings or windows was used to hold a spectacular composition of base, wall and tall units—all with a black finish—, where the preparation and washing-up areas, as well as kitchen appliances, are found. In contrast, the cooking and preparation areas are located on a large, white central island, which features numerous storage options on both sides. Attached to the island is a wooden counter that—with the addition of stools—serves as a table for the family to enjoy meals and snacks.
Thick stone walls
The comprehensive renovation of this rustic home, designed by Andrea Muñoz Diseño, manages to harmoniously blend tradition and modernity, with a carefully crafted décor featuring statement pieces that—far from detracting from the architecture—complement it wonderfully. The areas of the home were reorganised defying convention in these types of buildings, with the private areas on the ground floor and the public areas on the upper floor. The latter is divided into two areas, one for the kitchen and dining area, and another for the living area. The opening of the central staircase, enclosed by a transparent glass railing, helps to define the spaces without using any visual barriers.
The kitchen opens out to the dining area and living area, without any barriers hindering contact and communication among the users. The furniture, a Graphene FINE design by Santos, features an island with a set of tall units. The island is where the washing-up, cooking and preparation areas are found, while the five tall units hold many kitchen appliances and storage options within a compact, organised space. This layout allows users to have everything they need to work without practically having to move around.
One of the main goals of the renovation of this flat was to create large, interconnected spaces, which would be bright, comfortable and functional. It merged the kitchen with the dining area and the living area, creating a large, open-plan area that serves as the heart of the home. The cement column, discovered after removing the partition walls, was kept intact and left exposed, to add an urban and industrial touch to a discreet, contemporary interior design.
The kitchen is kitted out with furniture designed by Santos, seamlessly blending into the elegant and restrained approach to interior design used. The units are laid out around an island found right in the middle of the space shared with the living area, where it serves to link the two areas together. Near the island—serving the dining area—, there are two tall units holding the fridge and storage solutions. The rest of the furniture is laid out parallel to the island, with the cooking area in the middle and a tall unit at each end: a tall oven unit on the right, and a tall washer and dryer unit with a washer, dryer and space to hold cleaning products on the left.
Essence in white
For this new-build detached house, the designer Natalia Zubizarreta chose a retrained, minimalist design featuring areas that are clean and subdued—yet very bright—, drawing inspiration from the essential purity of Ibizan-style houses. In the kitchen—which opens out to and is connected to the living-dining area—, these aesthetic principles were also applied, with furniture designed by Santos featuring simple lines, plain fronts and a white finish.
The kitchen, with a long and narrow shape, was meticulously planned out to avoid the “tunnel effect”. Thus, the units are laid out in parallel, and to make the whole look lighter, a set of tall units are found on the side that is less visible from the access area. In front of it is the work area, which comes with a sink unit, two hob units and an integrated dishwasher, washer and dryer. In this area, the tall units provide additional storage space and house the canopy hood. As a finishing touch, Natalia made use of some free space at the back to add an eat-in area—perfect for getting together and enjoying a meal.
The house of a thousand winds
Villa Serena is a single-family holiday home facing the sea, in a luxurious tourist complex in the Papagayo Peninsula (Guanacaste, Costa Rica). It has a total floor area of 1,390 square metres and consists of two levels: the upper level, intended for the private areas, and the lower level, which holds the public areas. The main public area is comprised of the kitchen, dining area and living area in a large, open space that is connected to the outdoor recreational areas. The different areas are defined without any physical barriers through their materials, the interior design and the ceiling heights, bestowing them with their own essence without breaking the harmony of the whole.
The kitchen, kitted out with cabinets designed by Santos, is located in a corner of the area. Its cornerstone is a central island that holds the washing-up and preparation areas. The rest of the furniture follows an L-shaped layout, with a combination of base, wall and tall units. The white central area is framed by a Silestone White Zeus slab, to further enhance its contrast with the wooden finish of the other fronts and linking it aesthetically to the island. Spacious areas to move around in have been designed so several people can share tasks or spaces without getting in each other’s way.
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