ISSUE 71  |  The Modern Kitchen

Stealth Statement Kitchens from a Belgian Architect

May 10, 2013 9:30 AM

BY Christine Chang Hanway

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Belgian architect Nicolas Schuybroek’s kitchens are rich variations on a theme, involving minimal details, a spare use of materials, and a color palette that ranges from white to black; all so carefully considered and composed that each could be considered a work of art.

Before starting his own firm in 2011, Nicolas Schuybroek worked as a project director in Belgian architect and Remodelista favorite Vincent Van Duysen’s office for five years.  Ever since, Schuybroek has been busy imparting his own brand of quiet design across Europe, acquiring a reputation for his attention to detail and his rigorous and contextual approach as witnessed through this collection of his kitchens.

Above: In the living area of a one-bedroom apartment in Brussels, the charcoal gray cabinets of the kitchen wall complement the raw finishes of the wood floor, table and chairs. Photograph by Claessons & Deschamps.

Above: Schuybroek’s preferred use of gray-veined white marble for counters and back splash takes on a different look with white cabinets in a loft in Brussels. Photograph by Claessons & Deschamps.

Above: In the same kitchen, Vincent Van Duysen’s ceramic bowls with wooden lids fit in with their surroundings. Photograph by Claessons & Deschamps.

Above: In a Parisian apartment, the kitchen cabinets have an added level of detail with glass panels and pulls. Photograph by ICW studio.

Above: Glass partitions framed in black separate the kitchen from the hall. Photograph by ICW studio.

 Above: The glass partitions provide simultaneous transparency and separation. Photograph by ICW studio.

Above: An all white kitchen in a house in Brussels is punctuated with highly contrasting black pendant lights and appliances.

Above: The furnishings are balanced and composed within the all white setting.

Is a stealth statement kitchen by a Belgian designer on your wishlist? See Architect Visit: Vincent Van Duysen Kitchens or Black and White Grandeur from Vincent Van Duysen to start compiling your look book.