Modular kitchen system elegantly expands & adapts to urban apartments

Aarón Borrás
© Aarón Borrás

When living in small apartments, urban dwellers often have to reconfigure their spaces so that they are more efficient and functional. Modular designs are often a good solution: they adapt to the space that's available and they can expand or contract over time, and suit the kitchen particularly well: a household's cooking and storage needs can change overnight when roommates or grown children move out.

Mexico City design firm LC-MX created this beautiful modern and modular kitchen system just for that reason. Nicknamed Latifolia, it's made out of a self-supporting steel structure, and can support wooden shelves in a wide configuration of positions, depending on what is needed: more or less storage to place kitchenware or appliances.

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The supports are made with durable, strong but lightweight powder-coated steel. The counters and shelves are available in either American oak, walnut, or tzalam (a.k.a. false tamarind or Caribbean walnut) woods. Simple but lovely details here where metal meets wood, allowing the organic grain of the natural materials to stand on their own against the dark background of steel. For extra-heavy items, the steel supports are extended out to provide more stability.

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Aarón Borrás© Aarón Borrás

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Aarón Borrás© Aarón Borrás

Aarón Borrás© Aarón Borrás

Aarón Borrás© Aarón Borrás

No word unfortunately on the whether the woods are sustainably sourced, or the cost, but it's nevertheless a functional and elegant design for a kitchen system that can adapt with one's ever-changing needs. Find out more at LC-MX.

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