This week we are mostly mad about … Scandinavian-style kitchens. White, minimal, with accents of bleached wood and, often, the odd design classic chair knocking about, they usually combine a cooking and dining area.
I just love the combination of sleek white units with a rustic table and industrial style lamp.
Below are some images from the Kvik Kitchen range. This Danish company, which prides itself on its affordable kitchens, has launched the concept of the The Sociable Kitchen – a large room, furnished as a kitchen but with multiple functions. The idea is to have an island in the middle of room around which everyone can gather to prepare food or have a drink.
There are currently 125 branches of Kvik around the world and the company is thinking about opening in the UK.
Last week, I spoke to Jacob Mortensen, the company’s communication manager, who told me they hadn’t made specific plans to open any UK stores but that they were looking for people who might want to start a franchise.
“We will open in the UK, but the timing is yet a little uncertain from our side. We are currently very busy expanding in new markets France and in Thailand which means that the UK has to wait a little while until we put our attention there.”
However, if you like any of these kitchens, Mr Mortensen said it can be done “although it may not be overtly convenient.
“I would recommend contacting one of the Danish franchise-stores, for instance Kvik Esbjerg, which is a city with daily ferry passages to Harwich. See www.kvik.dk for store information.”
Worth a try if you like any of their range. And pricewise? Well it’s more Ikea then Poggenpohl. Mr Mortensen said:
“Our prices in kitchens range from about €900 -€11.000. However, our business model is, at its core, about creating fantastic Danish design at extremely affordable prices.”
And in the meantime, there’s always Ikea! Which is where my kitchen came from (with customised handles and worktops)
Or look at this one, made from Nexus cupboards and Rubrik wall cabinets. The white kickboard was a clever touch.