THE DESIGN CHASER
When Xiao designed “Nabben”, she took her own family’s lifestyle into account. One of the questions she asked herself was whether they needed both an indoor and an outdoor kitchen. In the end, she decided on just one kitchen and placed it close to the terrace – the perfect solution.
Working hard to let the home’s structure and its beautiful beams be part of the design, Xiao carried the use of wood through to the kitchen with wooden cabinets that marry classic shaker style with minimalist Scandinavian design. Inspired by the way the house frames the windows, Xiao chose a panelled kitchen because it frames the cabinets in a similar way. “I think sleek wooden cabinets are beautiful, but it was too plain. Because the house itself is so minimalistic, the kitchen needed to have more shape and personality” she says. Opening the doors reveals a beautiful interior in white-stained oak – a feature that she says feels very luxurious.
Though sensitive to wear and tear, natural stone with a lot of detail was purposely chosen for the worktop. “It can look nicer with the patina that comes from stains than if you compromise and choose a more resilient worktop that is perhaps a less aesthetically pleasing choice” Xiao explains.
A large space with a thoughtful layout make this kitchen ideal for social interaction. Designed with versatility and interest in mind, it is suitable for both cooking and hanging out. A perfect fit for the family, it also works well regardless of the time of year and how many people are in the room. Nordiska Kök also created the beautiful bespoke wardrobe pictured below.
Photography by Kristofer Johnsson