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Vol 12 / June 2007


Outdoor Kitchens: The Ultimate in Fourth-of-July Entertaining

By Kelly Cochran

A custom-designed and luxuriously appointed outdoor kitchen can quickly turn your background into the hit of any summer party.

Article Excerpt
For San Diegans especially, having an outdoor space for entertaining has become a high priority in home design. No longer simply a holding space for the barbecue, the backyard patio has become a fully functional second kitchen and living room for many Southern Californians.

The function of our outdoor kitchen should be at the forefront of your preliminary designs. Stations for storage, preparation, cooking and clean-up will add to the full functionality of your new outdoor culinary space. Proximity to the indoors can also be paramount when planning your outdoor kitchen, especially when preparing food for large parties or if the main clean-up station will be an indoor sink.

One family that has outdoor entertaining down to a fine art is Italian design legend Fendi. Their power yacht, the Flamarosa, now boasts a full-service kitchen fabricated by design firm Arclinea. “Our company’s design philosophy translates simply into this—where the kitchen is the home, it is the home which revolves around the kitchen,” explains Lisa Wilson-Wirth, president and owner of Arclinea San Diego. “This idea of ‘home’ can represent all kinds of lifestyles and locations, and is not limited by the traditional concept of a roof and four walls.”

For the Fendi yacht, Arclinea used durable stainless steel for all the worktops and backsplashes. The acrylic cabinet doors are manufactured from a 100% homogeneous, solid acrylic panel that is UV- and scratch-resistant, recyclable, and most importantly resistant to sun, sand and sea air. The result is a beautiful and efficient outdoor kitchen that is the envy of all on the high seas.”


The kitchen design solutions profiled are available from Arclinea San Diego, a full-service kitchen design firm. The company’s flagship downtown showroom features examples of the entire Arclinea Collection, including the stainless steel and “Solid Ray” acrylic panels used in the Fendi family yacht. For hours and directions, or to speak with a member of the design staff, contact us at (619)564-7440 or info@arclineasandiego.com

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