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Mad About … Scandinavian Style Kitchens

15th October 2012
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the modern Scandinavian kitchen

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.

image from furniture.trendoza.com

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.

The Mano Sera range from Kvik

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.”

All sleek white units and floors, the mano hoejglans range

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.”

Bianco – the clue’s in the name

natural wood replaces the white here in the contone veda range

this is called their 70s look – a lot better than our 70s look I think

And in the meantime, there’s always Ikea! Which is where my kitchen came from (with customised handles and worktops)

My Ikea kitchen

Ikea cupboards fitted with leather handles

Or look at this one, made from Nexus cupboards and Rubrik wall cabinets. The white kickboard was a clever touch.



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  • Kate 15th October 2012 at 2:13 pm

    Hi Deborah, I’m so glad you liked this post. I think your kitchen sounds fabulous, I love grey walls. I’m definitely doing that next! Anyway, floor lamps (assuming your budget doesn’t stretch to the original Castiglioni Arco then try made.com who have a couple of arching floor lamps in black and white. See either Arche or
    Large Bow. Or try Twiggy from twentytwentyone.com, which is, literally, ten times more expensive! Let me know if either are any good. I will let you know if I come across any with wooden bases.

  • deborah richards 15th October 2012 at 2:02 pm

    Lovely post again Kate, I’m glad my kitchen, fitted 18 months ago, would be approved of despite warm grey walls than stark white and a very bold floor!

    Anyway, in picture 4 above, the arch lamp on the table: I want one of those, or similar, or huge floor standing one that might even involve some wood feature? Any suggestions.

    What a great discovery this blog: no better hand holding moderniser in the world.

    Thanks so much again.

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