The kitchen is no longer just a functional room for preparing food and cleaning dishes. Nowadays the kitchen takes pride of place in the home, being one of if not the most important areas for the family to come together to prepare and enjoy a meal – and relax. With technology and cutting-edge design making our lives so much easier – and a plethora of cooking gadgetry and appliances at our fingertips, as well as clever design features for storage to help us keep our kitchens clean and organised – technology has made the kitchen a much more appealing area aesthetically and in terms of practicality. In new contemporary builds the kitchen is often made the main focus of the home as an open-plan space, bar area and living room all-inone. Here is some inspiration to personalise your own kitchen…
The contemporary Aria kitchen by Arredo 3 has compositional features that make it highly adaptable depending
on your space. The furniture is raised on high legs, which provides it with its exceptional style, as well as having deep drawers and ultra-thick shelves and end panels for a minimalist aesthetic. Arredo 3 is available from Decodan Interiores in Avda. Juan Carlos I in Estepona (www.decodaninteriores.com).
The iconic Smeg appliances come in a range of wonderful colours. Their standard kettle has a large capacity of 1.7 litres, with a push-pull opening lid, fully-rotating base and automatic shutoff at 100°C. There is a hidden heating element and removable and washable stainless steel limescale filter to avoid build-up. Their retro toaster comes in a two-slice or four-slice version and features extra-wide slots for thick-cut bread and bagels. There are six toasting options, illuminated dials, a touch-release removable stainlesssteel crumb tray, a built-in cord and anti-slip feet with a sandwich rack and bun warmer as anoptional extra. Smeg is available from Decodan Interiores in Avda. Juan Carlos I in Estepona (www.decodaninteriores.com), Mercasur in Pol. Ind. Estepona (www.mercasurestepona.com) and Yorkshire Linen in Avda. de Andalucia Nave11, Pol. Ind. Molino de Viento in Mijas Costa and Urb. Carolina Park on Marbella’s Golden Mile (www.yorkshirelinen.es).
The beautiful charcoal soapstone from Silestone’s Eternal range is a high-quality quartz surface ideal for kitchens
thanks to its durability. It was inspired by calacatta, statuario and other natural stones. Silestone is available from Mercasur in Pol. Ind. Estepona (www.mercasurestepona.com) and Decodan Interiores in Avda. Juan Carlos I in Estepona (www.decodaninteriores.com).
The wooden Regina tray with handy dividers from Muubs is made from recycled teakwood and is a practical size to fit into both cabinets and drawers. Available from BoConcept Plus Store on the Mijas Road and C. de Negocios Oasis in Marbella (www.plusstore.es), Siesta Interior Design in C. Plaza in Nueva Andalucía (www.siestainteriordesign.com) and UDesign in Pol. Ind. San Pedro de Alcántara (www.udesign.es).
These decorative hand-carved mahogany spoons from HK Living will be the talking point of any dinner party. Available from Siesta Interior Design in C. Plaza in Nueva Andalucía (www.siestainteriordesign.com) and Acoola in Pol. Ind. San Pedro de Alcántara (www.acoola.eu).
The Cheese Porn wooden cutting-board by Doiy Design is made from Acacia wood with two magnetic gold knives that take inspiration from the holed gruyere cheese, and can be hung by a faux-leather hanging strap. Available from Magyk in C/ Lagasca in San Pedro de Alcántara (www.magyk.es).
The Insectum bottle opener by Doiy Design is a fun metal bottle opener shaped as a beetle. A great novel gift available from Magyk in C/ Lagasca in San Pedro de Alcántara (www.magyk.es).
Bugatti’s Lino bottle opener is a fantastic gift idea, taking inspiration from the goldfish which symbolises good luck and loyalty in marriage. It comes in three elegant versions: chrome, 24-carat gold-plated and rose gold. Available from Mercasur in Pol. Ind. Estepona (www.mercasurestepona.com) and Decodan Interiores in Estepona in Avda. Juan Carlos I in Estepona (www.decodaninteriores.com).