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Nordiska Kök | The Architect's Townhouse in Copenhagen

2.12.2020

In a cosy townhouse in Copenhagen, Nordiska Kök has designed a kitchen for architect Jeppe Dueholm and his family. Inspired by the building’s brick-cladded facade and the organic shape of the staircase that connects the three storeys, every element of the design has been carefully chosen with great respect for the history of the house. With a considered layout and tactile mix of materials, the room is not only a to place cook and dine in, but also a space for everyday life.


The rectangular room is harmoniously designed with the kitchen at one end and the dining area on the opposite side. A durable steel table top borders between the white painted top shelves above and the stained oak cupboards below. The table and chairs were designed by David Thulstrup for Noma, and are produced by BRDR. Krüger, and the ceiling lamp is handmade by Tom Rossau.

“It was paramount that natural, durable and sustainable materials would be the foundation of the renovation of our townhouse. Our ambition was that the additions we made would feel as natural to the building as the 150 year old brick facade and the wooden beams. We have focused on good craftsmanship and put a lot of thought into the details, we wanted each material to harmonize with the house and it’s soul.” — Architect Jeppe Dueholm


Located in Kartoffelraekkerne, one of Northern Euoprpe's most coveted residential areas, the gorgeous townhouse is a short walk from Copenhagen's Botanical Garden and next to one of the three popular inner city lakes. 


The asymmetrical shelves resemble the facades of the surrounding buildings in the iconic Kartoffelrækkena area. While all the houses have a uniform size and shape, they very much have their own personal details, giving the area an overall artistic feel with plenty of character. 


The integrated bench with built-in storage in many ways embodies the family's vision for the kitchen. While it almost invisibly blends with the surroundings, it also gives the space personality, while providing a functional solution for the social needs of the family. 


Stained oak, stainless steel, limestone and cream coloured joinery create a warm and harmonious mix in the kitchen, while blending seamlessly with the rest of the home. The walls and carpentry have the same colour tone throughout, inspired by the house's iconic brick facade. The same materials found in the kitchen can be spotted in the bathrooms, bringing a wonderful sense of cohesion. 


Open shelving is integrated into the cabinetry, with a simple shelf that runs directly above the sink. Perfect for displaying favourite pieces and every day items, and painted in the same cream tone as the wall, it gives a clean, streamlined finish. 


Danish stylist Marie Graunbøl has chosen kitchen accessories that have a beautiful tactility. A warm beige-brown palette blends in perfectly with the interior, while a mix of styles adds to the overall charm of the space.

Styling by Marie Graunbøl / Photography by Andrea Papini

Images courtesy of Nordiska Kök

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