Today, we not only want a kitchen that fulfils a practical need and looks good, we want to have custom-made solutions that reflect our personal style.
For a while the kitchen had begun to develop into a room that you could just renovate when you wanted, as long as you bought an IKEA kitchen. In that case, you could change it more often as the cost was significantly lower than from other kitchen manufacturers. However, there seems to be a backlash to this throwaway tendency with the likes of Danish companies such as &Shufl and Reform, who have seized the opportunity to individualise the IKEA kitchen by giving the consumer a unique kitchen that not only will last but also stand out.
The kitchen is one of the places that we spend the most time; ironically, it is often overlooked when it comes to design. It is possible to obtain both a great design as well as good quality for a reasonable price from Reform and &Shufl. Both companies hack an IKEA kitchen in the sense that you order the shell from IKEA and then they customise the front.
Reform recently went into collaboration with three major Danish architects, BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group), Henning Larsen Architects and Norm Architects, all of which have designed a unique kitchen still based on a shell from IKEA. So now you can even get a kitchen designed by an architect for a reasonable price.
VIPP is famous for its classic pedal bin; however, it has ventured on into the kitchen sphere so now you can match your bin with your kitchen. The kitchen has a cohesiveness that combines quality, functionality and design. The VIPP kitchen is made from stainless steel and consists of three main components: a wall module, a tall module and a kitchen island. The kitchen can be combined and individualised to fulfil individual needs.
‘I do not like the throwaway mentality tendency that we have been seeing, where all of a sudden the kitchen is the first thing that we toss out when we move. That is not how the world is supposed to be. It is not a toothbrush; after all, we are talking about an investment of a certain size. And our ambition is that our kitchen should have the same lifespan as our pedal bin,’ stated Morten Bo Jensen, chief designer – VIPP.
If you have a profound love of wood and you want that to be reflected in your kitchen, when it comes to quality and custom-made kitchens, Danish company Garde Hvalsøe spares no expense. A profound love for wood is exactly what drives Garde Hvalsøe into sourcing the best quality. You can have a kitchen that is made with Dinesen wooden planks of oak, Douglas fir, American walnut or elm, and completely tailor-made to suit your design taste and needs.
‘Wood is one of the most natural raw materials for furniture production, and it has been used in a processed form since mankind’s earliest history. We use wood to sit on, to sit at, to eat from and countless other purposes. Therefore, putting a beautiful wooden surface in your kitchen is a very natural choice,’ said Søren Lundh Aagaard, partner – Garde Hvalsøe.