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Coquo: Modular, Made-to-Last Furniture for Kitchens and Beyond, from Montreal

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Coquo: Modular, Made-to-Last Furniture for Kitchens and Beyond, from Montreal

November 8, 2018

A few weeks back, we took a look at a black-and-white kitchen in a rentable apartment (and “curated lifestyle shop, creative incubator, and design space”) not far from our Manhattan offices, fitted with cabinetry from Montreal-based kitchen company Coquo. (For the original post, see Kitchen of the Week: The Site of Your Next Dinner Party, in New York’s Flower District.) The freestanding, modular black kitchen furniture was among the most pared-back and sophisticated we’d seen, and upon further research we liked the Coquo mantra: “Furniture should last a lifetime and change with your life.”

Today, we’re taking a closer look at the company’s offerings; here are a few of their designs, in situ.

Photography via Coquo.

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Above: “We make freestanding, functional kitchen furniture while you add the finishing touch, customizing every piece to make it your own and assembling it in minutes,” says Coquo. Their modular, mix-and-match kitchen furniture—shown here set in an “L” shape—is handcrafted by artisans in Montreal.
Coquo focuses on quality, long-lasting materials. Each freestanding piece is available in a limited number of colorways: natural oak or black-stained oak; and powder-coated steel detailing in matte bronze, matte black, or high-gloss off-white. The Volitare Cabinet shown here has a black-stained body and natural oak base; the cabinet is available from $loading=
Above: Coquo focuses on quality, long-lasting materials. Each freestanding piece is available in a limited number of colorways: natural oak or black-stained oak; and powder-coated steel detailing in matte bronze, matte black, or high-gloss off-white. The Volitare Cabinet shown here has a black-stained body and natural oak base; the cabinet is available from $1,879.

Coquo’s focus on making furniture, rather than the permanent built-ins of traditional kitchens, means the pieces can be moved and used throughout the house, including in living rooms and bathrooms, as needs change. And because the pieces are sold individually, they are suitable for the smallest spaces and apartments as well as larger, more expansive kitchens.

A Scandi-style kitchen with Coquo furnishings—including Volitare Cabinets (flanking the range), open-shelved Radix Cabinets (at right; from $loading=
Above: A Scandi-style kitchen with Coquo furnishings—including Volitare Cabinets (flanking the range), open-shelved Radix Cabinets (at right; from $1,279), and a Braccas Island with a Fenix countertop (from $1,299)—all in natural oak.
Above L: The tall Volitare Shelving Unit with metal shelves can be used “as a bookcase, cupboard, kitchen pantry cabinet or as a hutch;” from $1,299. Above R: Cabinets in a dark and moody kitchen. Note also the Radix Wall Cabinet with glass doors, for displaying ceramics and glassware; from $1,229.
Coquo components fit with interiors of all styles, as seen in this traditional Parisian apartment, fitted with Volitare Armoires in oak (from $
Above: Coquo components fit with interiors of all styles, as seen in this traditional Parisian apartment, fitted with Volitare Armoires in oak (from $2,939).
Black-hued Coquo furniture at the rentable Witness Apartment in New York; see more in Kitchen of the Week: The Site of Your Next Dinner Party, in New York’s Flower District.
Above: Black-hued Coquo furniture at the rentable Witness Apartment in New York; see more in Kitchen of the Week: The Site of Your Next Dinner Party, in New York’s Flower District.
Evidence that the furniture can be used in many ways, depending on need: here, a black Volitare Base (from $539) acts as a bench in an entryway.
Above: Evidence that the furniture can be used in many ways, depending on need: here, a black Volitare Base (from $539) acts as a bench in an entryway.
One of innumerable arrangement possibilities.
Above: One of innumerable arrangement possibilities.
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Above: Don’t know where to begin? Consider a Initium Starter Kit ($49), ideal for “design lovers and DIY enthusiasts.” A “modular specialist” will send you a personalized, suggested layout (complete with 3D rendering), plus tiny samples of Coquo woods and metals and inspiration photos..

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