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Steal This Look: An Unexpected Bamboo Kitchen in Oslo, Norway

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Steal This Look: An Unexpected Bamboo Kitchen in Oslo, Norway

January 17, 2023

Bamboo that doesn’t look like bamboo: That’s what you’ll find from Ask og Eng, the Olso, Norway-based kitchen company that first started making fronts for Ikea cabinets and have since expanded to fully custom kitchens.

A few years back we featured the kitchen of Ask og Eng’s founders, couple Kine Ask Stenersen and Kristoffer Eng, who renovated their 1930s wooden house in Drammen, Norway, by removing walls, upgrading windows and doors, and exposing an original pine floor. With their bamboo kitchens, Stenersen and Eng source raw material from certified farms where bamboo, a fast-growing grass, is produced sustainably and responsibly. Here’s a look at the details of their kitchen, beyond just the cabinets, that make it such a covetous look.

the pine floors, which the couple had sawn, sanded, and oiled, give way to the  9
Above: The pine floors, which the couple had sawn, sanded, and oiled, give way to the bamboo kitchen in a Rye finish. Photograph by Kine Ask Stenersen, courtesy of Ask og Eng, from Kitchen of the Week: At Home with a Couple Who Design Kitchens of Sustainable Bamboo.
the drawers and cabinets are made of bamboo that has been sanded, treated with  10
Above: The drawers and cabinets are made of bamboo that has been sanded, treated with pigmented oil, and sealed with an Osmo hard wax oil. Photograph by Kine Ask Stenersen, courtesy of Ask og Eng, from Kitchen of the Week: At Home with a Couple Who Design Kitchens of Sustainable Bamboo.
two additional ask og eng designs are the large vertical wall shelf and dining  11
Above: Two additional Ask og Eng designs are the large vertical wall shelf and dining table, both in bamboo. Photograph by Kine Ask Stenersen, courtesy of Ask og Eng, from Kitchen of the Week: At Home with a Couple Who Design Kitchens of Sustainable Bamboo.

Materials

a similar paint color to the warm white seen on the walls is benjamin moore& 12
Above: A similar paint color to the warm white seen on the walls is Benjamin Moore’s Simply White OC-117.
the kitchen cabinets are done in ask og eng&#8\2\17;s vertical grained e co 13
Above: The kitchen cabinets are done in Ask og Eng’s vertical-grained E Collection, made entirely of bamboo inside and out and done in their dark Rye finish.
the countertops are jura gray, a durable limestone patterened with fossils and  14
Above: The countertops are Jura Gray, a durable limestone patterened with fossils and shells.

Lighting & Furniture

the pendant above the table is the gubi semi pendant light in matte white; \$69 15
Above: The pendant above the table is the Gubi Semi Pendant Light in matte white; $699 for the medium size at Lumens.
the light at the end of the counter is the wo & we accent swing wall lamp;  16
Above: The light at the end of the counter is the Wo & We Accent Swing Wall Lamp; €629.
instead of wall hung cabinets, the couple opted to keep the open feel using the 17
Above: Instead of wall-hung cabinets, the couple opted to keep the open feel using their Ask og Eng A7 Cross Shelf, also in the Rye finish.
the dining table is the ask og eng a4 dining table, also made from bamboo, in t 18
Above: The dining table is the Ask og Eng A4 Dining Table, also made from bamboo, in the Stone finish.
the michael thonet armchair 30 in beech is \$80\2 at design public. 19
Above: The Michael Thonet Armchair 30 in Beech is $802 at Design Public.
the stools in the house are actually the now discontinued ikea frosta stool, de 20
Above: The stools in the house are actually the now-discontinued Ikea Frosta Stool, designed after the original Artek Aalto Stool 60 in birch veneer which is, as always, available; $385 at Design Within Reach.

Appliances & Fixtures

the cooktop is the bora professional 3 induction cooktop and extractor. 21
Above: The cooktop is the Bora Professional 3 Induction Cooktop and Extractor.
the wall ovens are the neff built in compact n 90 oven; £\1,\269 at neff. 22
Above: The wall ovens are the Neff Built-In Compact N 90 Oven; £1,269 at Neff.
the curtains are the ronan & erwan bouroullec for kvadrat ready made curtai 23
Above: The curtains are the Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for Kvadrat Ready Made Curtain design. Shown here is the Oak Hanging Mechanism, one of the components of the design, available at Connox. For more, see our post Instant Curtains by the Genius Bouroullec Brothers.
similar peg rails are the iris hantverk birch rack with 7 hooks; \$39.90 at hel 24
Above: Similar peg rails are the Iris Hantverk Birch Rack with 7 Hooks; $39.90 at Helen Milan.

Accessories

on the stove is the hario buono stainless steel gooseneck coffee kettle; \$47.5 25
Above: On the stove is the Hario Buono Stainless Steel Gooseneck Coffee Kettle; $47.50 at Amazon.
for music in kitchen, the bang & olufsen beoplay a\1 bluetooth speaker hang 26
Above: For music in kitchen, the Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay A1 Bluetooth Speaker hangs from the peg rail; $250 at Cloth Base.
the hay brass scissors are \$\14 at suitely. 27
Above: The Hay Brass Scissors are $14 at Suitely.
a similar black stone mortar and pestle is the pila marble mortar set; \$\187 a 28
Above: A similar black stone mortar and pestle is the Pila Marble Mortar Set; $187 at Il Buco Vita.

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