Towards the end of the XVII century in France the discussion between Ancient and Modern supporters posed a question for the first time: What do we seek in literature? The wisdom that has survived the passage of time or the energy of modern times, inventing original styles that adapt to our requirements? Deulonder has confronted this dilema and has gone a step further by proposing kitchens that respect the Apollonian , classical and conservative lines by combining them with the liveliness and freshness of the most innovative design.
The dispute in Ancient and Modern times comes to a head in Reus
ARTICLE 02 FEBRUARY 2015
Classic and modern
In a prestigious building, created by the renown architect Francesc Mitjans i Miró (1909-2006) and located in the center of Reus, Chone de la Sotilla has renovated a 30 m2 kitchen. To suit the elegant style of said house, the kitchen is donned with gray tones –both floor and walls- which are then combined with white wood. The cabinet doors have a double soffit and handles and fixtures are made out of old iron.
The dining area, very bright thanks to a bay window, has a round table surrounded by wooden wicker bistro chairs, which suggest the gay Parisian effervescent cafés of a Belle Époque Paris. In the background, you can see the original wood siding adjoining room, in harmony with the rest of the kitchen. Near the table is the breakfast cabinet with all the right items to prepare the first meal of the day properly.
The dining area
The buffet area has a wooden ledge, while the rest of the kitchen’s mantelpiece is made out white marble. A modern wine bar has been placed in this section, as well as an additional extent for storage. The furniture’s finishes can also be appreciated. As observed in the photograph, the furniture has a melded cornice that outspreads up to the ceiling.
One element that characterises the double glazed kitchen cabinets is the metal mesh that brings back memories of the cupboards from long ago. This spacious cabinet is designed for crockery.
The extractor fun
Both sides of this kitchen, which is crowned by a splendid overhead extractor fan, have sliding door. The cabinets have a metal webbing, as the rest of the kitchen has. One of said cabinets is employed to store cooking utensils, as well as essential ingredients.
The kitchen , which despite being rather conservative on the surface does simmer with the latest technology . Appliances, in this case, are in stainless steel , providing a more avant garde image to the sobriety of the whole look
The kitchen’s island
The kitchen’s island has a practical water appliance to prepare food. On one side, four stools -matching the dining chair’s- offer the possibility to prepare an improvised, casual dinner. The ceiling lamps, which are imported from England, give a slight industrial ambience and enhances the overall sense of neatness and order. The lamps can also be perceived in the dining area, over the table.
Another unique detail in this kitchen is the interaction between the cooking area and the ironing closet, which is carried out through a glass window. This allows both rooms to share the illumination of space and, at the same time, contributes to a feeling of openness and amplitude
In perfect harmony with the overall style of the house, the kitchen is an essential space within the home, as warm as the stately surroundings in which it is found and no less elegant and demanding than the exquisite taste that reigns in the whole property.
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