Quintana Partners, a design outfit based in Menorca, Spain, are masters at updating old kitchens without stripping any of their charms. See
Kitchen of the Week: Embracing the Old with Quintana Partners for a peek at their practical magic. Today, we’re looking at some of their signature kitchen pieces that provide both storage opportunities and vintage appeal.
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Above: In Quintana Partners’ Sa Calma kitchen, a traditional Menorcan clothes rail becomes a spot to hang colanders, pots, and other cooking essentials. Crates provide closed storage. (See 10 Easy Pieces: Wooden Crates for sources.)
Above: On the far wall, a wooden plate rack, over the sink, for both drying and storing dishes. (See Julie’s 10 Easy Pieces: Wall-Mounted Plate Racks.)
Above: A vintage enamelware utensil rack in their Sa Calma Annex kitchen. (See Design Sleuth: Vintage Kitchen Utensil Racks from France.)
Above: We love the idea of hanging a vintage medicine cabinet first aid box (perhaps for storing spices?) in the kitchen. (See 8 Favorites: Multipurpose First Aid Boxes.)
Above: An Ikea Grundtal rail and some S hooks are all you need for a pot rack. (See Trend Alert: 13 Kitchens with Utensil Rails.)
Above: In the designers’ own kitchen, a wire hanging basket was deployed for storing garlic and onions.
Here are seven storage ideas to steal from the singular kitchens designed by Quintana Partners:
1. Wooden Crates
Above: The Wooden Crate from Noodles Noodles and Noodles Corp. is €39. 2. A Hanging Fruit Basket
Above: Williams Sonoma’s Hanging Wire 3-Tier Fruit Basket is now discontinued. For something similar, try Bed Bath & Beyond‘s version for $25.99. 3. A Wall-Mounted Plate Rack
Above: The Broadway Plate Rack by The Plate Rack Co. comes in pine, oak, or painted wood; £285.00 to £365.00. 4. A Vintage Medicine Cabinet
Above: The Wood First Aid Box is $64.35 from LittleShopofDecorUA on Etsy. 5. A Wooden Coat Rack
Above: Safavieh’s Cherry Coat Rack is $77.90 at Home Depot. 6. A Vintage Enamelware Utensil Rack
Above: The French Antique Enamelware Utensil Rack from LaVienEnPastis is on Etsy for $95. 7. A Rail + Hooks System
Above: The Grundtal rail is no longer sold, but Ikea’s 22-inch-long Kungsfors Rail is a worthy replacement; $5.99.
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N.B.: This post has been updated with new prices and links; it was first published October 2018.