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Kitchen of the Week: A Brick-Red Kitchen in Warsaw

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Kitchen of the Week: A Brick-Red Kitchen in Warsaw

February 17, 2022

I’ve never considered myself a red person—far from it. But lately I’ve found myself drawn again and again towards a particular shade of rusty rouge: bold, yet somehow still earthy. So when I spotted this small but impactful Polish kitchen, with crimson cabinets balanced with cool greige and tempered by poetic archways and soft light, I immediately emailed the architect to find out more.

The kitchen is the project of Klara Ostrowska, founder of Warsaw-based KW Studio; located in the city’s “very trendy and booming Powiśle district,” she says, the apartment “hadn’t been renovated since post-war times. It was in a very poor state.”

The homeowners—a Polish and Spanish couple; he works in an art department and she in graphic design—approached Klara to upgrade the full flat. As for the kitchen, they wanted to keep it as a separate room and, Klara says, “to add vivid color mixed with calmer ones.” The palette inspiration? Powiśle’s industrial past.

Here’s a look at the elements.

Photography by PION, courtesy of Klara Ostrowska of KW Studio (@kwstudiokwstudio).

the petite kitchen pairs pale grey and beige with rust red, a nod to the color  9
Above: The petite kitchen pairs pale grey and beige with rust red, a nod to the color of brick: “Powiśle used to be an industrial part of Warsaw,” Klara says. She used NCS IS s3030-y80r; Farrow & Ball’s Red Earth and Sherwin Williams’ Rojo Dust are similar (see more options here).
a wall of cabinetry conceals the fridge (at left); the appliances are by franke. 10
Above: A wall of cabinetry conceals the fridge (at left); the appliances are by Franke.
klara returns often to archways in her work, inspired by \1930s designs: &# 11
Above: Klara returns often to archways in her work, inspired by 1930s designs: “There were lots of curves in that period,” she says. The slim countertop appliance is a Nespresso.
the kitchen is also a material mix: classic white square tiles from ce. si. cer 12
Above: The kitchen is also a material mix: Classic white square tiles from CE. SI. Ceramica pair with wooden counters.
the final touch: a small dining space. 13
Above: The final touch: a small dining space.

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