The recent uptick of fast casual dining has us wondering if the “fast casual kitchen” could be the next trend in kitchen design. Take Frederik Bille Brahe’s
Apollo Bar & Kantine in Copenhagen’s Kunsthal Charlottenborg, the exhibition hall of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. The dining hall is relaxed and self-service, designed as a destination for “everyday lunch” for students and drop-ins. Bille Brahe pairs vintage Danish furniture with Picardie glasses and trolley carts, offering up plenty of ideas to steal for your own kitchen (the place where fast, casual cooking happens). Here are the key elements to get the look.
Above: Møgensen seating mingles with Hay, an industrial drinks refrigerator is self-service, and a bar cart is for busing your own dishes. Above: A detail of the dividing steel-and-glass wall painted in a dark gray, to reflect the library shelving of the academy. Above: Details of the dining chairs. Above: The vintage Børge Mogensen chairs were acquired from the academy’s supply (the “A” emblem is for the academy). Materials Above: Benjamin Moore’s Dior Gray paint color is similar to the color Bille Brahe and Johansen matched to the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts’ library shelving system. Furniture Above: The Børge Mogensen C18 Dining Table in Soaped Oak is $3,590 at the Danish Design Store. Above: The vintage Børge Mogensen J39 Shaker Chairs are, like the dining table, still produced through Fredericia Furniture. The chairs are $545 each at Danish Design Store. Above: Friso Kramer and Wim Rietveld’s 1960s Result Chair was reproduced in blue for Apollo Bar & Kantine. You can still source the original Petrol Blue Result Chair for €425 ($491) at Modern Vintage.
Appliances Above: The narrow True Residential 30-Inch Stainless Glass Column Refrigerator is modeled after industrial glass door refrigerators but designed for residential use; available through True dealers. For more, see 10 Easy Pieces: Glass Door Refrigerators. Lighting Above: Designer Poul Henningsen made the Charlottenborg Lamp (seen in Apollo) in the 1930s; it was redesigned for the Kunsthal Charlottenborg in 1979. For something similar, the Poul Henningsen PH 50 Pendant Lamp for Louis Poulsen is $996 at 2Modern. Accessories Above: The Flytta Kitchen Cart is made of stainless steel and modeled after restaurant supply cleaning carts; $179 at Ikea. For an industrial option, the Choice Stainless Steel Utility Cart is $68.16 at Webstaurant Store. Above: From Frederik Bille Brahe’s collaboration with Hay for the Hay Kitchen Market, the Canteen Tray in orange is available through Hay vendors or direct from Hay; 89 DKK ($13.82). Above: The Duralex Picardie Clear Glass Tumblers are $15.70 for the 4.25-ounce size on Amazon. Above: The Hay Kitchen Market Rainbow Plate in Yellow is made from lacquered porcelain; $14 for the medium size at the MoMA Design Store. Above: The Hay Kitchen Market Everyday Stainless Cutlery is sold in sets of five at the MoMA Design Store: the Everyday Silver Teaspoon Set, Everyday Silver Forks Set, Everyday Silver Spoon Set, and Everyday Silver Knives Set are each $29 per set.
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