Photos: Fran Parente.
Asked to come up with a concept space for the BGourmet event in Sao Paulo, Brazilian studio WhyDesign came up with this fabulous kitchen made almost entirely with salvaged materials from flea markets and demolition remains.
Highlights from the space include a kitchen island made with recovered granite counters, a wall from recycled doors, and hanging furniture shelves.The BGourmet is an event organized by Brazilian kitchen appliances brand Brastemp and happens every year at the same time than the major design show Casa Cor.
It consists in designers and architects coming up with spaces where chefs give classes and talks.
At last year's edition, the studio formed by Mauricio Arruda (whose plastic crate furniture we've featured before), Guto Requena and Tatiana Sakurai was asked to design a kitchen and came up with this project.
The whole space is a real working kitchen, which was built with different pieces and materials collected by the designers in a two month period of exploration through dump trucks, flea markets and antique shops.
Those pieces and materials are visible along the whole setting, more obviously in one of the entrances to the space made with door parts. Below, the wooden floor is made with recycled pallets.
And a personal favorite: the island where many sinks are placed is a composite of eight recovered granite kitchen counters.
In the background, a grand mix of furniture of different sizes and colors hold the appliances and kitchen accessories.
Other nice details: the decoration with random China cups, the wall covered with white plates (possibly not salvaged though) and -another personal favorite-: the sink? with a recycled petrol barrel.
Also worth noting is that among the recovered pieces there are original designs by young Brazilian artists like Rodrigo Almeida, Bruno Jahara, Rodrigo Reis, Camila Fix and Carol Gay.
Now we've seen some stunning recycled spaces in the past, namely our very own Petz Scholtus R3Project and a New York apartment complete with subway doors, but the pictures above are worth taking a long look at to get a sense of the lovely details. And to steal some ideas for things you may have laying around.
More at WhyDesign website.
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