Personalization is a big trend in modern kitchen design. Yet, when it comes to execution, it often feels more like a buzzword than the real thing. So, here is an example of minimalist kitchen that addresses the concept of personalization in a novel way.
The kitchen is part of a beautiful apartment in Guadalajara, Jalisco (Mexico) named “Casa Desnuda” (“Naked Soul”).
The idea behind “Casa Desnuda” was to bring the home environment “back to basics”, including only what was strictly necessary:
Letting the soul of the client be naked in his own home, without having superficial and luxury items around him.
‘FEELINGS’ AS A PART OF MINIMALIST KITCHEN DESIGN
The nature of the project called for a minimalist kitchen. Snaidero’s TIME and ORANGE - two streamlined, modern kitchen cabintery lines - were made even simpler and completely purified in their design. Raw materials (like wood and stone) were used in pure colors and the kitchen was designed to be a functional and aesthetic part of the surrounding architecture.
The design of each item had to be none; it had to be the soul of the one making a statement with his personality, his music, his moods, adding touches of color and art and inviting nature to come inside.
The result is a “work of architecture and feelings”, where the latter are as much a part of the design as the former.
What is remarkable, is that the project’s philosophy turned a quintessentially minimalist kitchen into the opposite of what we’ve typically come to associate with minimalist kitchens.
Minimalism is often regarded as aseptic, cold, and devoid of emotions; a design style that strips away aesthetic accents in favor of pure functionality.
Yet, this minimalist kitchen is anything but that. It feels warm, inviting, and extremely personal.
It accomplishes its purpose of offering functional simplicity to the point of anonimity. Yet, the result is perhaps one of the most striking examples of personalization there is and it does that by letting the homeowner’s personality come through with his living in the environment and making it truly his.
In doing so, it manages to be a truly unique minimalist kitchen. It takes away everything but the bare essentials in order to make the home rich.
The lesson? Letting the personalization come from the individual, his moods, and the way he lives in the space is as important a part of the design as the kitchen itself. It’s a true expression of our concept of Designing the Living…and Living with Design.
Photos by Marcos Garcia