In an important renovation of a beachfront house, the ONE kitchen of RiFRA contributes to the realization of a contemporary project, creating an elegant and refined atmosphere.
The house presented in these images, is the result of the vision of the owners, a New York family, passionate about contemporary design, art, and “made in Italy”.
The ONE kitchen has been designed with a large island in the middle of the room, with hobs and hoods integrated into the top.
One part of the island is used as a storage area, while on the other side there is an open area with a snack bar.
The washbasin area is on the wall, with a view of the characteristic streets of Sestri Levante, while the columns contain the wine cellar, refrigerator and freezers, ovens and coffee machine.
Another storage area has been created in front of the snack area of the island.
Kitchen: ONE by RiFRA.
Kitchen Finishes: Black hand-spatulated cement, with matt black lacquered interiors and steel drawer runners.
Top: Ceramic Stone Black Calce.
Lighting: RiFRA ADAM pendant lamps in black chrome finish.
Interview with homeowners, Ewout & Marjolein Steenbergen.
Marjolein and her family have just completed a renovation of a beachfront house in Sestri Levante, can you explain to our readers, why this location and what impressed you about the house when you first visited it?
This is a historical building from the 1600’s with a sea view towards Portofino. It has high ceilings, tall windows, and a lot of character. When we first visited the apartment, we immediately realized that with a large renovation project it could become stunning.
You are a New York City resident; what do you like about Italy and Sestri Levante in particular?
Over the last two decades, we have lived in Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Asia, and now the US. However, every summer we come back to Sestri Levante to spend time there and it has become our home. Sestri is very charming and picturesque, but also down to earth. It is located very conveniently to visit other interesting and beautiful places, for example, the Cinque Terre.
Can you explain the philosophy behind the renovation and the choice of materials and furnishings?
We wanted to create an open environment with a lot of light. Therefore, we opened several walls to have the view towards the beach when entering the apartment. We wanted to just use basic colors: white, black, and grayish wood. The Rifra kitchen fitted perfectly in these design principles.
How did you know RiFRA and what attracted you to our product?
We learned about Rifra via the internet and saw several projects online. Moreover, we visited the showroom in Milan to feel the high quality of the materials and were very impressed by it. Our preference was to have many big drawers instead of cabinets and the One kitchen exactly offered this. It has also been our deliberate choice to use mainly Italian products during the renovation.
How was the purchasing experience and the subsequent phases of working with the company? (design, delivery, installation, after sales)
There was a lot of flexibility during the design phase, and the Rifra team prepared multiple proposals until we were fully satisfied. Creating the right design was also not easy in a very old house where the walls and floors are not straight, but Rifra could solve all these challenges. The Rifra installation team was also impressive and they worked in a very professional, careful, and diligent manner.
Are you satisfied with your kitchen and your new home? What do you like best?
We love our Rifra kitchen. It is one of the highlights in the apartment, and has become the central part of where we sit, talk, work, drink an espresso, and of course cook. We like the material the kitchen is made of. It changes with the light and you don’t see any stains, spots, or scratches easily. And even though it is black, it does not make the space any darker, just more elegant.
Ewout & Marjolein Steenbergen
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