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A Kitchen Inspired by Seaside Living

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by Meredith Swinehart last modified Apr 29, 2015

Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola's first modular kitchen system is called Salinas, named for a beach town in Spain where her grandfather had a summer house. "We would go there on the weekend and there would be lots of aunts, uncles, cousins," she told Icon magazine, "with someone always cooking and my father out fishing for dinner.” Urquiola recalls a busy kitchen full of chopping blocks, stone and copper surfaces, and open shelving. That is the inspiration for her  Salinas  kitchen for Italian manufacturer Boffi, which was revealed at Salone del Mobile in 2014. This year Boffi updated the collection with new surface materials and a series of full-height storage cabinets. Unlike Boffi's usual made-to-measure approach—perfectly custom to any space but a costly way to manufacture—Salinas is compiled of a few modular pieces, requiring far less energy in manufacturing and in tailoring the design to any one space. Photographs via Boffi , except where noted.  Above: Urquiola's finishes allow customers to create several different looks: a monochromatic kitchen, a kitchen made of a single material, or a whimsical collection of many materials, like the one shown here.   Above: Urquiola set out to design a kitchen for small spaces, but in the end her more expansive design was a better fit with the rest of the Boffi catalog. Above: One or more solid wood "peninsula" slabs available in ash or walnut can be fixed to the countertop or configured to slide in and out. The peninsula functions as an additional workspace, or—with a set of stools—as a dining table. For Urquiola, the wood's rounded edges give the counters a timeworn look.  Above: The standard apron-front sink is available in natural stone, absolute black granite, or quartzite silver. The kitchen framework is made from black matte tubular steel, with LED lights integrated into the shelving. Photograph via H+K .  Above: To achieve the look of tile countertops without the additional expense of tile installation, Urquiola used large sheets of ceramic or Sicilian lava and designed a geometric pattern of inlaid recycled glass. Photograph via Le Fil Rouge .  Above: Options for cabinet door facings include wood, lacquer, brass, copper, zinc, and more. Countertops can be made of ceramic, marble, lava stone, or recycled PaperStone.   Above: A glimpse of the finishes available for countertops and cabinet fronts. Photograph via H+K .  For more Italian kitchens, see:  Bella Cucina: 8 Italian Kitchen Systems 11 Italian Kitchens, Dolce Vita Edition A Movable Feast: A Modular Kitchen by an Italian Architect 16 Made-in-Italy Kitchen Essentials More Stories from Remodelista 10 Easy Pieces: Kitchen Countertop Appliances, Small-Space Living Edition 13 Strategies for Hiding the Microwave Devol's New Kitchen Showroom in London






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