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AUG 2019

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Kitchens $75,000–$150,000 Circular Spaces SANDRA DIAZ-VELASCO EOLO A&I Design, Miami, FL Creating a space for entertaining that capitalized on the spectacular view of Key Biscayne was the assignment for Sandra Diaz-Velasco of Eolo A&I Design. Diaz-Velasco partnered with Sanandres Construction for the gut renovation of this out- dated, 1960s-era condo in Miami and created a kitchen that seamlessly integrates with the living and dining areas. While an open floorplan and island were requested, constraints with the aging building included structural columns that could not be removed and a laundry area that had to remain in the space, limiting what could be done in the 365-sq.-ft. area. As a result, the design had to be built around existing elements, limiting the flexibility of the plan. Diaz-Velasco addressed the narrow kitchen entrance by installing a curved wall connecting the foyer and living area to the kitchen, laying the groundwork for a motif of curves and circles throughout the design. She eliminated the kitchen island alto- gether, opting instead to maximize storage by hiding appliances behind false doors and grouping the tallest appliances together to achieve balance and flow. The back wall includes custom contemporary cabinetry with glass front doors and open shelving. A Franke Cube stainless steel sink with Franke Planar 8 polished chrome faucet sits in the corner, paired with a paneled Bosch 800 Series dishwasher. A floating Cambria quartz countertop moves from the sink, curving along the wall to the cooking area and beyond to the bar that overlooks the ocean view. In the cooking space, a Cylindra Isola Island Range Hood from Faber sits above the cooktop, comple- menting the curves of the space. A Thermador 30" Single Built-in Oven and Thermador 24" Microdrawer Microwave were incor- porated into a space just beyond the central kitchen, along with a 36" Fully Integrated Refrigerator and Freezer from Liebherr. In lieu of an island, a dining table was added in the center of the design, providing space for eating and entertaining while integrating into the social spaces of the living area. Above it, a delicate sculptural chandelier continues the theme of curvature and transparency. Photos: Eugenio Willman GOLD 48 Kitchen & Bath Design News • August 2019

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