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Silestone Kitchen Countertops - Classic Style & Modern Function

I had the pleasure of visiting Cosentino's headquarters, the parent company of Silestone, in Spain about 6 weeks ago. We toured Barcelona, we dined, we traveled to Almeria, we learned - I was a part of a small group invited to have a well rounded introduction to two fantastic areas of Spain and to have a multi-layered understanding of Cosentino's breadth of products.

Of course, we all know Silestone as the original engineered stone material for kitchen countertops, a market focus the company has always had and which remains the centerpiece of Cosentino's efforts. To that end, Silestone continues to introduce interesting, eco-friendly, and highly durable materials into the kitchen and bath marketplace. 

That's a general, and brief, overview, with more details to come. But, I did want to start talking about this trip by showing you some great images of a kitchen that I toured, preserved from the early part of the 20th century. The apartment building in which the kitchen is situated was designed by the amazing Antoni Gaudi called Casa Mila.

Below, the pretty incredible apartment building, designed by Antoni Gaudi...wow!

Below, images of the apartment. But first...I thought it would be fun to imagine which Silestone colors and styles would serve nicely as a modern day substitute in the event the new homeowner wished to, um, rip out the countertops (blasphemous!)

Top left: Grey Amazon | Top right: Lyra | Bottom left: Gedatsu | Bottom right: Sonora Gold

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Take a look at these gorgeous images of this historically preserved kitchen...


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It was a privilege to walk through this authentic vintage apartment to see this very interesting kitchen.

The work stations look quite defined, certainly, with ergonomic features such as lower countertops in certain areas, adequate countertop space, adequate storage, and storage that starts well above our typical 4" off the floor.

Shelves and glass cabinets add visual aids to storage and the tall cabinets to the ceiling makes good use of extra storage. The cabinetry is built into the architecture of the space in some awkward but interesting ways. The incredible textured window adds glam in a big way. 

Much more coming soon on this incredible trip to Spain!!


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Reader Comments (10)

Wow, great post. I've never seen an apartment quite like that. It is truly unique, and beautiful. Thanks!

November 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBill

Wow, that is an absolutely incredible apartment building. I have never seen anything like this before. Some of the design work in Europe just totally blows my mind!

November 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoseph

What an incredible kitchen! The stove alone is enough to make it remarkable. And the shape and forms of everything are so fluid, considering it's not the most traditional kitchen. It somehow works.

November 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMark Scott

I just love Silestone. I try and sell that to friends family and homeowners all the time. Even the more expensive versions are cheaper than their granite counter parts. Plus you can't get a more reliable counter top than quartz. Unlike granite that WILL crack and even burn not to mention etch, Silestone keeps on trucking with superior durability. Plus they've got more sections than almost any other counter top material.

November 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKitchen Design

classic and modern, great combination!

November 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRuby Knolls

great post about kitchen countertops

December 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

Really nice. Love the huge oven. Would love something that has that look in my own kitchen, but space won't allow it.

December 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew

Great article Susan and Kelly. I really like your pictures on this site! I would love to know what camera/lens you are using. Keep up the good work.


December 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichael

Nice article. I can't believe how cool that building is. Its so fluid.

December 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTerry Gilmore

I am always fond of the idea regarding the combination of beauty and functionality into every home improvement project. It is good to find classic counter tops that can accommodate modern kitchen features.

December 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEckhoff

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