This Revamped Apartment in Spain Proves That Storage Can Be Sexy
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This Revamped Apartment in Spain Proves That Storage Can Be Sexy

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By Jennifer Baum Lagdameo
To smooth out a compartmentalized home in San Sebastian, Mecanismo fashions custom cabinets and furniture with clean lines and alluring curves.

By Ondarreta Beach in the coastal town of San Sebastian, Spain, Mikeletes was a dark and dated apartment that suffered from low ceilings and a long hallway with maze-like connections to compartmentalized rooms. However, a recent renovation by Spanish firm Mecanismo, founded by Marta Urtasun and Pedro Rica, transformed it into a light-filled flat with the use of simple materials—primarily wood and stone—and intriguing geometry, with the kitchen playing a starring role.

When tasked with updating a dark unit in San Sebastian, Mecanismo defied the convention of creating an open kitchen, instead placing it behind a glass wall that simultaneously integrates and separates the space. 

The firm reorganized the unit, moving the kitchen behind a glass wall. The kitchen now serves as a transition between public and private spaces—visually connected to the living room and dining room, yet separate from them. Inside, the space centers around a marble-topped island that features ample storage, and an area dedicated to laundry. 

Custom furniture by Mecanismo also helps delineate spaces. Here, a long cabinet not only divides the entry from the living room, but also adds significant storage space. 

Mecanismo also created several pieces of multifunctional furniture to help organize the 2,152-square-foot apartment. "We designed the furniture as architectural elements with a functional contribution to the house, and not just as a decorative pieces," explains the firm. 

Some pieces, such as the storage cabinet that lines the entrance of the home, substitutes for traditional elements that are less functional—say, a partition wall. One of the firm’s favorite customizations is an oval breakfast table whose chairs are discreetly stored when not in use.

In the living room, oval-framed, oak wood display shelves and low-lying cabinetry match the large storage cabinet at the entrance. A Holden sofa by Verzelloni sits adjacent to Alison lounge chairs by Flexform. The table lamp is by Marset, and the reading lamp is by Vibia. 

The dining room revolves around a bespoke dining table made of solid walnut and Emperador Light marble. The Wu dining chairs by Artisan feature Kvadrat upholstery; the delicate pendant lights are Flamingo by Vibia.  

This small, inventive breakfast table is one of the firm’s favorite creations. When not in use, the oak-and-Guatemala green marble unit looks like an elegant buffet.

The chairs slide out when needed.

The all-white, minimalist kitchen is a transitional space between the public and private areas. A marble-topped island is oriented toward the dining room.  

Ample, built-in storage lines the wall and the island. The appliances are from Gaggenau; the faucet from Cea Design. 

The curves of the kitchen and living room continue into the master bedroom with this sinuous, wood-lined entryway.

Built-in storage lines the master bedroom. The headboard and bed frame are also custom units from Mecanismo, fashioned from oak, brass, and Kvadrat upholstery. 

The guest room has built-in bookshelves and a sofa bed by Bali. 

The office features built-in bookshelves and storage, plus a table by Jardin. 

On the terrace, Kettal’s Mesh table and Bitta chairs provide a serene lounge area. 

Mikeletes floor plan

Related Reading: These 30 White Kitchens Are Anything But Ordinary

Project Credits: 

Architect of Record: mecanismo, Marta Uratasun, Pedro Rica
Interior Designer: mecanismo

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