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A Kitchen with the Perfect Flavour by Talita Nogueira

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Talita Nogueira

Talita Nogueira is a prestigious Brazilian architect. Talita graduated from the Catholic University of Paraná (PUCPR) and completed her studies at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany. She is the recipient of Brazilian interior design magazine, Kaza’s New Talent Award.

It can be said that each phase of life comes with its own flavour, or a combination of several flavours. According science, the five basic flavours are sweet, salty, bitter, sour and umami. This little known fifth flavour, which was only proven to exist in the early twentieth century by a Japanese researcher, is characterised by its long-lasting taste. The name umami comes from Japanese and means “delicious” or “tasty.”

The Flavours of Life

If childhood is sweet, adolescence sour, and adult life bittersweet, then maturity is umami. It is a phase of life in which you know what you want, you value the good things, and above all, you are aware of the importance of time. Wanting to savour family life and do more cooking together led the owners of this home was the motivation for one family. Located in the Pilarzinho neighbourhood of Curitiba, Brazil, they were inspired to completely revamp the over 5,000 sqft property.

A Perfect Kitchen

Talita Nogueira had already renovated the exterior of the house and so she was a natural choice for the interior renovation. “The owners had lived in several countries and they had high standards of quality combined with a very contemporary view of what they wanted in the project,” says Nogueira. The residents’ wish list included concrete, works of art, dark colour palettes, many mirrors and white surfaces in the kitchen. All of these elements were incorporated into the project. “Since I already knew the customers that made it much easier to follow their line of thinking. They completely trusted our work, and this greatly helped the project,” Nogueira added.

Modifications were also made in the owner’s favourite space, which is the kitchen. “The owner is passionate about cooking and loves to cook for the family,” explains Talita. The new layout combined the kitchen and dining room. The dining table juts out perpendicularly from a large countertop in Dekton Aura, with its marbled white texture. “Dekton is a very hardwearing material, which has a high resistance to scratches and staining whilst being super heat-resistant. It’s very high-tech product,” notes the architect.


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