Oak, brass, concrete and a comfy daybed take center stage in this Danish architect’s kitchen
Kitchen at a Glance
Who cooks here: Line Frier and her family
Location: Risskov, near Aarhus, Denmark
Size: The kitchen is about 17 feet (5.2 meters) long and consists of two parallel main elements with a depth of about 2 feet each. The kitchen and living room are connected by a built-in sitting niche-daybed.
Architects: Frier Architecture
Year of construction: 1947
Kitchen renovation: 2014
Project price: About $21,900 for both the kitchen and the adjacent bathroom, which was renovated at the same time
“When we started the renovation, the house had a small, closed-off kitchen with a waist-high counter, as kitchens used to be built in the 1940s. The previous owners had given it a face-lift in the ’90s, so it had a red countertop, laminated cabinets and a very messy look overall,” Frier says. In order to get her dream kitchen, the architect needed to come up with a new design and new materials.
“The side niche invites you to sit down, put your legs up and enjoy a cup of coffee. The kids climb on it, and it is a place where stories are told. It also now makes it a little cozier to fold the laundry,” she says.
Another challenge was the 14-foot concrete countertop, which was poured on site because of its length. Despite the inconvenience, the architect considers it to be an important element. “The raw and unpolished concrete is a great contrast to the [rest of the decor], and it makes the kitchen feel like a place that can really be used,” Frier says.
Radio: Bang & Olufsen