The Libera outdoor kitchen is versatile + intuitive design

This month, during Milan Design Week, Elmar will reveal Available outdoor kitchen in the Milan headquarters of Archiproducts in the Tortona district. Designed for outdoor use, but just as ready to go to work inside, Libera’s design comes from reflecting on modern lifestyles: versatile and easy to insert into spaces. Designed by architects Marco Merendi and Diego Vencato, it is compact, elegant and functional. Colored cement allows for an organic feel that can find itself at home anywhere from a country house to a city loft.

“When we talked to Elmar about the idea of ​​making an outdoor concrete kitchen, we had the clear goal of creating an object with an independent language, therefore far from the products – which are already on the market – where concrete had simply been replaced with other materials ,” said Merendi and Vencato of the Italian kitchen and bath company. “We wanted a kitchen that could relate to people as an open architecture, made of transparency and in harmony with the surrounding environment: therefore it is not a full volume, but a filter that allows light and color to pass through.”

open room style kitchen on light background

The open-air design of the Libera kitchen found its original inspiration in the modernist architecture of the mid-twentieth century, it has supporting structures in metal and filling in prefabricated concrete. The function of each element is clear and in harmony with the material used. Subsequently, the construction system, transport and assembly are also simplified.

Environmental sustainability is another important part of this project. The cement used is a new high-performance and completely eco-sustainable material – Ce-mentoskin®. It uses a water-based, emission-free production cycle and has subtle, refined qualities characterized by a surface finish that feels like velvet to the touch. Choose between anthracite, rust, lichen, sea and cloud.

overhead shot of open plan style kitchen on concrete floor

overhead shot of open plan style kitchen on concrete floor

detail of open space kitchen drawer and socket

open kitchen in situ against a light wall

open space kitchen in situ with light on the light wall

earth colors stacked against each other

open space kitchen outdoors against rock wall with vegetation

detail of open space kitchen outdoors against rock wall with vegetation

open space kitchen outdoors against rock wall with vegetation

detail of open space kitchen outdoors

overhead shot of open space kitchen outdoors with vegetation

To learn more about the Libera kitchen, visit elmarcucine.com.

Kelly Beall is a senior editor at Design Milk. The Pittsburgh-based graphic designer and writer has had a deep love for art and design for as long as she can remember, and enjoys sharing her findings with others. When she’s not distracted by amazing art and design, she can be found making a mess in the kitchen, taking in as much information as possible, or on the couch with her three pets. Find her @designcrush on social.

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