If the past year has taught us anything, it’s always to make sure that we have everything within reach, the moment we need them. Our homes have become more valuable than ever—we had to make do and find ways to live well in spite of extreme, uncontrollable situations we were left to deal with, all within the confines of our safe spaces.
Almost everyone transitioned their spaces into a haven that not only provides essential functions of housing or shelter to simply survive, but to also ultimately thrive at the same time. Between working remotely, busting a sweat during virtual exercise sessions, and managing online distance learning for some, it’s also about utilizing every space to its full potential—most especially our kitchens.
The heart of almost every home
The primary workhorse of every house is also the heart of the home, where we would cook and prepare go-to dishes that would normally be enjoyed during a night out, to mixing up the usual after-work cocktails or popping that soothing bottle of wine; the living room or entertainment area where we would sit back, relax to Netflix and chill; our wardrobes where we would ‘shop our closets’— few of the things that we now had to no choice but to DIY.
This is one of the primary reasons why we now rethink the way we look at our homes—in the amount of time we’ve spent on the ‘inside’, the epiphanies now consist of finally knowing what we need and want from our spaces.
Scavolini brings the restuarant experience to your kitchen
As Italy’s largest kitchen manufacturer, Scavolini started with just a small workshop in Pesaro. Now celebrating its 60th anniversary, the brand boasts of over 40 collections in its repertoire which started from kitchens and have since extended their label to accommodate bathrooms as well as living areas. Hailed as Italy’s favorite kitchen, they have grown and evolved by centering their systems around people and what they need in their spaces in order to enjoy it for the long haul—basically for life.
The MIA Kitchen by Scavolini was designed by outstanding Italian chef and television personality, Carlo Cracco. Developed to function like a professional kitchen built for home use, this special design integrates efficient elements such as a stunning line system that allows for flexible storage solutions that can accommodate sophisticated and sleek movable wine racks, a mini herb garden, or additional shelving; it even allows users to have ingenious appliances such as a vacuum drawer that enable effective marinating plus a food warming lamp that keeps food hot and fresh during mealtime. With this forward-thinking design, the esteemed chef describes his collection for Scavolini as one that uses “technology that brings a touch of refinement to everyday meals.”
Another noteworthy Scavolini collaboration comes in the form of Diesel’s Open Workshop, which offers customers well-made, bespoke kitchen and bathroom systems that are restyled with an industrial twist—highlighted through workshop-style multi-functional areas using various languages and materials such as warm colors and dark metallic hues, stock rack systems that feature shelves finished in bronze, smoky glass finishes, and even cabinets in ribbed glass for that modern-vintage mix.
Valcucine is what kitchen goals are made of
Another label from Modularity Home you’ll want to look into is Valcucine. Touted as the “Rolls-Royce” of kitchens for its unparalleled quality and vision towards creating timeless designs void of fleeting trends. By far one of the most sustainable brands in the market today, their fluid use of materials has set themselves apart by focusing on ergonomics when it comes to manufacturing their systems as well as their basic rule of causing little to no impact to the environment as much as possible.
One of their customized ranges, the Logica Celata, demonstrates a distinct elegance to how we see and view what kitchens are truly made of. Extensive research on reinventing the space people use—from preparing meals and cooking them, to maneuvering their home bars when they opt to sink into a relaxing tipple, cocktail or after hours. What may seem like an ordinary counter, actually houses essentials unlike any other, giving users easy access to equipment and utensils with effortless ease.
With finishes that are at the pinnacle of high-quality, the Logica Celata is specially configured to its users—besides varying options of length and functionality, its patented V-Motion feature utilizes a gentle gesture of the hand to unveil an optimally organized system which dream homes are truly made of; practically putting new meaning to the term hands-free.
Once opened, you’re instantly invited to partake in its signature characteristics where kitchen essentials are tucked into specific compartments, bar equipment, chopping boards, knife racks and even glass dryers. The backlit panels which take inspiration from the Circadian cycle bring an altered sensibility toward lighting the area naturally as if you had a window behind your workspace contributing to the overall experience that only this bespoke kitchen can provide. The best part? Another gentle gesture tucks everything in an instant, minimizing any indication of clutter whatsoever.
With kitchens like these, there’s no doubt: we’ll surely be staying home—not because we have to, but because we’ll definitely want to. I know I would.
Modularity Home, the game changer
Modularity Home—the premiere and exclusive Philippine source for the best synergized life systems from Italy with brands such as Scavolini, Valcucine, Pianca and Elica — couldn’t agree more: “For the past year or so, people have a newfound appreciation for their kitchens—you’ll see people cooking more, entertaining themselves by discovering new recipes, or even just spending time together with the family in the kitchen now more than ever,” shares Modularity Home General Manager, Brian Hontiveros.
And while Hontiveros and his team take pride in customizing luxurious systems for every space, kitchens are definitely their specialty. “As kitchens have always the heart of every home, it serves as the primary area where key functions take place, even if cooking doesn’t happen all day—some use their kitchens as a space to work or relax, but general activities almost always start here,” he mentions.
Visit their website at www.modularityhome.com and follow them on social: @modularityhome, @scavolinimanila and @valcucinemanila
The Scavolini Showroom is located at the 4th Floor, SM Mega Fashion Hall, Building D, Megamall, Mandaluyong City, Philippines.
The Valcucine Showroom is located at Shops 1-2, The Peninsula Manila, Makati City. Feel free to send them a message at +63917 3126607 or [email protected]
Tessa Alindogan studied architectural interior design in Inchbald School of Design in London, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Masters Degree in Education in Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, California. Aside from being the principal designer of her company, A Design Group and working on several residential and commercial projects since the early 90s, Tessa is also an accomplished artist who does modern abstract paintings—her medium is acrylic on canvas.
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