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Kitchen of the Week: A “Forgotten” Kitchen in Frankfurt, Germany, Gets a Colorful Overhaul

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Kitchen of the Week: A “Forgotten” Kitchen in Frankfurt, Germany, Gets a Colorful Overhaul

March 7, 2019

Lea Korzeczek and Matthias Hiller of German design firm Studio Oink create serene spaces, first and foremost. For most of their clients, and for themselves admittedly, “serene” comes in the form of tonal white and washes of subdued pastel color—but not always. “We create spaces and atmospheres for our clients, not for us,” says Lea. “It’s important to first understand and identify our client’s taste and way of living.” Their latest renovation is for a Spaniard living in Frankfurt, Germany, and comes with a revelatory dose of saturated color. In an apartment last remodeled in the 1990s as an office space, the 100-square-foot kitchen “was just a kitchenette for the people working there,” says Lea. “Cluttered and full of edges and corners.” So the forgotten kitchen was transformed, with unexpected electric orange countertops, deep olive green, and cool blue cabinets with concealed storage—all illuminated with a custom circular wall light. Here’s a look.

Photography courtesy of Studio Oink.

the cement tiles (via 5\1\109) were already set by the client when studio oink  9
Above: The cement tiles (VIA 51109) were already set by the client when Studio Oink joined, so they used the tile color as a base for the surrounding scheme.
here, the kitchen is illuminated by the studio oink designed contour wall light 10
Above: Here, the kitchen is illuminated by the Studio Oink-designed Contour Wall Light, painted Farrow & Ball Calamine. The walls are Farrow & Ball Card Room Green and the custom cabinets are Stiffkey Blue. The dining table is the Moooi Container Table and the chairs are Jean Prouvé Standard SP Chairs.
the electrical outlets and switches throughout are from the berker r.\1 line, i 11
Above: The electrical outlets and switches throughout are from the Berker R.1 line, in glossy black.
“we created a serene grid to set a base for the design, then we added one or  12
Above: “We created a serene grid to set a base for the design, then we added one or two highlights to give the project a special twist,” the designers say. One of those highlights is the Citrus Orange Corian countertop. (See more on the material in our post Remodeling 101: Corian Countertops.)
a detail of the light that hangs over the small kitchen table, the wireflow led 13
Above: A detail of the light that hangs over the small kitchen table, the Wireflow LED Pendant by Arik Lévy for Vibia. (See the light in another Studio Oink-designed project in Washington, DC.)
the slim gas cooktop is the smeg linea aesthetic px\140 4 burner gas hob. note  14
Above: The slim gas cooktop is the Smeg Linea Aesthetic PX140 4-Burner Gas Hob. Note the custom rounded corners on the cabinets and countertops.
concealed within the custom cabinets are the refrigerator, gas heater, and dish 15
Above: Concealed within the custom cabinets are the refrigerator, gas heater, and dishwasher. The oven, seen on the other side of the kitchen, is the Bauknecht (BIR6EH8VS2ES) Wall Oven.
a view of the wall of floor to ceiling concealed storage cabinets, which contin 16
Above: A view of the wall of floor-to-ceiling concealed storage cabinets, which continue behind the sink as well.
the faucet is a german herzbach ixpvd wall mount faucet in black steel and the  17
Above: The faucet is a German Herzbach IXPVD Wall-Mount Faucet in Black Steel and the sink is the Schock Brooklyn (N-100) in Asphalt quartz composite.
colorful ceramics are the client’s own, from spain. 18
Above: Colorful ceramics are the client’s own, from Spain.

Before

a view of the former kitchen, photographed by the client. 19
Above: A view of the former kitchen, photographed by the client.
another view of the kitchen, photographed by the client. 20
Above: Another view of the kitchen, photographed by the client.

Floor Plans

the kitchen floor plan courtesy of studio oink. 21
Above: The kitchen floor plan courtesy of Studio Oink.
plans of the floor to ceiling storage cabinets courtesy of studio oink. 22
Above: Plans of the floor-to-ceiling storage cabinets courtesy of Studio Oink.

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N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on October 11, 2018.

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