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Mexican kitchen design

Former Masterchefwinner Thomasina Miers, who founded the Wahaca chain of Mexican street-food restaurants in 2007, lives in West London with her husband, Mark, and their two children: Tatyana, three, and Ottilie, one. Her colorful kitchen reveals her love of Latin American food, style and culture.

I needed my kitchen to be the biggest room in the house because I knew it was where I would spend the most time. For me, it was all about creating a modern and urban space that would be cosy but not twee. I wanted it to feel warm and welcoming, rather than slick and industrial.

Mexican kitchen design

I designed the kitchen together with my father. It was a collaborative process; we spent months tweaking the layout. He was a cabinetmaker and built a lot of the furniture from reclaimed wood. He used salvaged cattle-truck panels, which are made from old hardwood chips, to construct the kitchen table - which seats 14 people - and the cupboard doors. When I lived in Mexico, I met a woman who had chosen to display her cookery volumes over an entire wall of the kitchen. I remember loving the bright colors, so decided to recreate the look by introducing shelves of recipe books.

Mexican kitchen design

The original design didn’t give me nearly enough room for storing and preparing food. To make more space in the kitchen for the larder, which has a special ventilation system that’s ideal for keeping ingredients cool, we had to move the bathroom. We also added cupboards along the entire length of one wall and installed a central island made from oak that acts as a huge chopping board.

Every morning, my children and I sit around the kitchen island and linger over toast or porridge. Breakfast is a big thing for me: it’s why I’m always late for work. In the evenings, our parties seem to finish later and later too-mostly because we keep discovering amazing Mexican tequilas and inevitably have to bring them out after dinner.

I selected a mix of materials to help create contrasts. The stainless-steel units by Sub-Zero & Wolf stand out against the wooden furniture and the dusky-pink paintwork.

Mexican kitchen design

I’ve worked with talented designers on the interiors for j the Wahaca restaurants: I love what Markus Friedrich Staab does with reclaimed furniture, for example. Seeing his pieces has made me want to buy some new chairs for my own kitchen.

I couldn’t live without my Bamix blender - it’s perfect for making last-minute soups - or my double-width fridge-freezer. We will grow out of this house and have to move on, but I don’t know how I’ll be able to bear leaving this kitchen!





13-01-2016, 09:45
Autor: kastiel
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