Earthen structures on the Balearic Island of Formentera use natural materials for similar, yet unique, kitchens.
Sandy white beaches and clear turquoise seas call most people to the island, but the architectural beauty of the homes are what speak to the rest of us. Typical kitchens feature concrete cabinet shells with rustic wood plank doors and drawer fronts. The hardware is simple, like everything else in the room. An expanse of wooden counters provide plenty of prep and serve space. The lack of upper cabinets draw eyes toward the casement windows, and beyond. Concrete floors are lightly stained a golden color. One of my favorite features is the metal wall sconce with pivoting arm.
The center of this kitchen is its massive black concrete island with an integrated sink and waterfall edge. We’re only given a glimpse of the appliance section of this kitchen with the integrated coffee system, stainless appliance above and a rough wooden cabinet built-in below. Opposite the door opening, wall niches provide decorative display. The stone pavers add another textural element to the space.
While all three kitchens are monochromatic, this last example features a touch of ocean blue in the glass bell pendant light – notice the knotted rope covering the cord. Cabinet doors are dismissed, replaced with woven baskets for storage above and below the counter. Two woven wall sconces blend in with their surroundings and provide ambient lighting at night. Wooden bread boards, spice shelves and a highly distressed table soften the thick concrete walls, vent hood and whitewashed exposed beams.
Another Spanish Country Kitchen uses fabric skirts to conceal under counter storage.