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Kitchen of the Week: Downsizing in Denmark—and Creating a Dream Kitchen

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Kitchen of the Week: Downsizing in Denmark—and Creating a Dream Kitchen

November 16, 2023

Frida had more house than she needed. And a surplus of land, too. But by selling her place and keeping half of the double lot, she was able to start afresh by building from the ground up—at the age of 80.

Frida lives in a small town just north of Copenhagen, and for the project she worked with celebrated Danish firm Entasis: the design team dubbed her single-story, next-phase-of-life dream house Villa Frida. Entasis, in turn, suggested Stillark supply the centrally located kitchen, which we’re spotlighting here.

A Copenhagen architecture studio “dedicated to the kitchen space,” Stillark offers two cabinet models that are cheerfully clean-lined, practical, and highly customizable. As Stillark puts it: “We have taken the bespoke out of bespoke, and made careful and defining choices in terms of design and materials. This means that the architect and customer can focus on layout and functionality.”

For Frida, who Stillark founding partner Ditlev Rahbek describes as “very quality conscious,” the firm supplied a design of “calm simplicity” centered around an island. Join us for a tour.

Photography courtesy of Stillark (@stillark_), unless noted.

stillark tailored its slightly less pricey section kitchen to the central, doub 17
Above: Stillark tailored its slightly less pricey Section Kitchen to the central, double-height space and Frida’s needs.

The house is stair free and designed for aging in place, with, for example, wide clearance between the island for mobility, and reachable, easy-to-open drawers and cabinets. The fridge is incorporated into the cabinet wall. Stillark’s Gable Tripper step stool has “a solid construction that ensures stability no matter who decides to crawl up on it.” (It’s available on the Stillark shop in a range of colors for approximately $400 and ships flat packed.)

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Above: Frida, who is a retired nurse, came to the project with a collection of tableware and loves having open storage for display and easy access. The adjacent living room is furnished with a distillation of pieces from her former house.
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Above: The cabinetry has solid oak drawers and is painted in Stilllark’s proprietary shade called Limestone. The chrome drawer handles are a Stillark design.
the countertops are silestone in coral clay. the wide plank floor is oak. 20
Above: The countertops are Silestone in Coral Clay. The wide-plank floor is oak.
the dining table overlooks the front yard and its plantings. the pair of chrome 21
Above: The dining table overlooks the front yard and its plantings. The pair of chrome lights are Kontrast pendants by Louis Poulsen, introduced in 1962 and out of production in recent decades. You can find versions of them from vintage sellers including on Etsy. Photograph by Jens Markus Lindhe via Entasis.

Stillark is also known for its colorful designs. Here are two examples from when the firm was called Stilleben Architects (though its name and affiliations have changed, the work remains the same).

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Frequently asked questions

Who designed the Danish dream kitchen?

The Danish dream kitchen was designed by Stillark.

What is the purpose of the kitchen design?

The purpose of the kitchen design is to cater to aging in place.

What is 'aging in place'?

'Aging in place' refers to the ability to live in one's own home and community independently, safely, and comfortably, regardless of age or ability level.

What are the notable features of the Danish dream kitchen?

Some notable features of the Danish dream kitchen include ergonomic design, ample storage, accessible appliances, and a minimalist aesthetic.

Is the Danish dream kitchen suitable only for elderly individuals?

No, while the kitchen design aims to cater to aging in place, it can be enjoyed by people of all ages.

Are the appliances easy to reach and use?

Yes, the Danish dream kitchen incorporates accessible appliances that are designed to be easy to reach and use for individuals with limited mobility.

Does the kitchen design prioritize safety?

Yes, safety is a priority in the Danish dream kitchen. It includes features such as well-placed lighting, non-slip flooring, and accessible storage to prevent accidents and promote a safe environment.

Is the kitchen design customizable?

Yes, the kitchen design by Stillark can be customized to accommodate individual preferences and specific needs.

Can I see more images of the Danish dream kitchen?

Yes, you can find more images of the Danish dream kitchen on the Remodelista website.

Where can I find more information about Stillark and their designs?

For more information about Stillark and their designs, you can visit their website or contact them directly.

Product summary  

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Low Stools & Ottomans

Gable Tripper

kr2,800.00 DKK from Stillark

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