The 5 keys of an efficient open kitchen




Useful thanks to its space saving character and attractive by its modernity, the open kitchen does not finish to make new followers. As it is an integral part of the living room, this type of kitchen does not tolerate any aesthetic error. The architect Manuel Sequeira gives us his advice to create an open kitchen full of style and elegance.

How to best integrate the kitchen open to stay? To house it in an alcove, to implant it in an island, to hide it in a piece of furniture or behind a counter: our ideas in pictures and in words, with the help of the architect Manuel Sequeira.

1. Betting on the kitchen island

Simple storage cabinet or multifunction block (with sink, hob, snack ...), it creates the transition between the kitchen and the rest of the space.

The opinion of the expert: Manuel Sequeira: "The island is especially interesting in a large room, otherwise its side" immovable mass "can quickly plummet the space.To lighten it, we play on the volumes and mix the materials.Why not a long model and narrow? A depth of 45 cm is sufficient. "

Manuel Sequeira's favorite model: "The recessed plinths lighten the volume and they are chosen in a dark shade: it looks like the cabinet is suspended in the air."


An open kitchen all in one: Signed Poliform, the series "Phoenix" is characterized by its pure lines and thin, without handles but with a facilitated grip. Here, an island in anthracite lacquer with a worktop in stainless steel.

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Thibaut Joannon - Thibaut & Thewood

An open kitchen version XS: This compact island (130 x 90 cm) consists of two Ikea boxes. Two open furniture lean against it, in plywood painted in celadon green and raw slices. The melamine worktops are covered with a stone effect coating. The entire kitchen has been designed and manufactured by Thibaut Joannon.


A multifunctional open kitchen: This central island, model "X" of Kvik, in MDF and solid oak, concentrates all the functions, or almost, in an island attached to the main pan of the kitchen. Storage on both sides, built-in sink and worktop prevent unnecessary trips between the different modules. The set has a very elegant matte finish.

2. Play the kitchen menu that blends into the decor

The opinion of the expert: Manuel Sequeira: "To blend in with the decor, the kitchen abandons the traditional codes: high furniture, skirting ... Instead of the handles, I use the system of growth / coward, except for those with young children because this It is not very robust, so I opt for integrated handles in the form of throats: they create a design, horizontal and vertical lines like a painting in the living room. "

Manuel Sequeira's favorite model: "The varnished oak kitchen is perfect, with one detail: the mixer, a telescopic model would have been more suitable."


An open kitchen in trompe-l'oeil: Designers of La Maison Collection decoration shop in La Roche-sur-Yon, Marie and François Boury designed a kitchen in varnished oak composed of low hanging furniture and a wall of storage whose horizontal grooves are only aesthetic: it these are in fact all-height doors opening by pressure. They hide the appliances.


An open kitchen in alcove: In this small apartment, the architects of the A + B Kasha agency have custom made a compact and discreet kitchen, matt white lacquered MDF and anthracite granite. The hood is embedded in a formwork and the small appliance is hidden in a closet closed by a classic door that creates surprise (left on the photo).


An open air kitchen: The "SimiLaque" finish of this Siematic model is a nice alternative to classic lacquered coatings. Chic and timeless, this kitchen blends in an old decor without problem. Modular shelving clad the partition of the living room without doing too much.

3. Dare the difference for your kitchen

Surprisingly, these custom-made kitchens are no less functional. Everything is hidden there, or almost.

The opinion of the expert: Manuel Sequeira: "The challenge for an open kitchen is not to do too much" cooking. "It must be designed as a living room furniture.The traditional furniture (high furniture / low furniture) is not suitable."

Manuel Sequeira's favorite model: "This home-made greenhouse is a fabulous idea, but beware of cooking fats: homeowners must often clean the windows."


An open kitchen spirit hut: A garden greenhouse to house the kitchen, that's the idea of ​​Grégoire de Lafforest. The interior designer has integrated classic low storage units (Ikea) and a sink; the other equipment is in the back kitchen, a small house lined with wood paneling back to the greenhouse.


An open kitchen arch: Along three walls, two of which are on the entry side, this hanging unit serves as a dressing room, kitchen and buffet. To achieve the desired depth, the architect Manuel Sequeira cut Ikea boxes. The facades are black wood effect particle board ("Tingsryd", Ikea), the credenza is white tiled (Porcelanosa).

Nido Architecture

Shock of the times for this open kitchen: Industrial style and nineteenth apartment, it works! The challenge for the agency Nido, author of the project: integrate the kitchen in a large entrance. No high furniture, but a counter that hides on one side storage and a gas stove, on the other side alcoves like American dinner.

4. Separate spaces without partitioning

To avoid cooking odors and the view of dirty dishes while maintaining the volume of the living room, we opt for a smooth separation: workshop canopy, sliding doors or hatch wall.

The opinion of the expert: Manuel Sequeira: "In general, I'm not a fan of half-hearted solutions, if you open the kitchen, you have to assume it!" To hide the clutter, you can choose an island with a height of one meter, which will serve as a screen. "

Manuel Sequeira's favorite model: "Sliding doors are a good way to hide just what you need, you play with the leaves to modulate the space according to your needs.The same color as the kitchen, they create a beautiful effect of depth. "

MLC design

Modular space for this open kitchen: To separate the spaces, the interior design agency MLC design has chosen doors called pocket partitioning, which fit into the thickness of the partition (Scrigno). Painted in anthracite gray, they echo the kitchen ("Clarified" model in shiny acrylic, Darty).

A. TISSIER / WALL - Philippe Demougeot

Open kitchen with views: In this crossing stay, no question to obstruct the natural light. To demarcate the kitchen, the architect Philippe Demougeot opted for a black wood canopy fixed on a low wall. Note the lack of tall furniture for more discretion.


A half open kitchen Designed by Lapeyre with Michelin-starred chef Frédéric Anton, this antitrust stainless steel, quartz and black lacquered glass kitchen is sober and functional. A wall surmounted by a quartz plate serves as a hatch and marks the border with the living room.

5. Camouflage his open kitchen

Sheltered in cupboards, these ultra-compact kitchens are incognito once the doors are closed.

The opinion of the expert: Manuel Sequeira: "A few years ago, an open kitchen was created because it was friendly and atypical, and today, with soaring prices per square meter, it is becoming more and more the answer to the lack of Some people make the bold choice to lock the kitchen in a piece of furniture, it is very beautiful, but not practical in everyday life, to be reserved for those who cook little. "

Manuel Sequeira's favorite model: "The retractable oak doors are beautiful and the kitchen looks rather functional and simple."

Olivier Chabaud

An open kitchen origami way:Designed by architect Olivier Chabaud, this solid oak cabinet has two doors that, when folded, retract to reveal a matt white lacquered kitchen with a black matt mosaic credenza. On both sides of the cabinet hide a refrigerator and storage.

D. BOUREAU - Aude Soulain

An open kitchen in weightlessness: In this immaculate loft, the architect Aude Soulain has fixed on the wall the modular kitchen "On-Off" Boffi matt white lacquered melamine panels, "a beautiful object a little UFO". A motorized folding door reveals the work and cooking surface. When it is closed, the kitchen becomes imperceptible. The undercounter furniture and columns, equipped with "push / pull" doors, camouflage storage and appliances.


An open kitchen cabinet way: Satin lacquered glass in ash and black, "Armadio" by Modulnova has retractable doors. Open, they fit together on both sides of the furniture to reveal the kitchen. The end of the worktop and the credenza are in oak.

The expert: the architect Manuel Sequeira

Born in 1975, he graduated from the Versailles School of Architecture. Ten years ago, he founded his own agency in Paris. Surrounded by three employees, he builds both new buildings and renovations. Whether he is transforming a studio into a functional, high-tech two-room apartment, rehabilitating a loft or creating an extension for a townhouse, his approach is the same: he questions the owners at length about their living habits. to offer them a tailor-made project. Leaving to create furniture: a table, a desk, lights or even dishes.


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