Yesterday we featured a
house in Sweden designed for librarian Maria Förstberg by her architect son, Björn Förstberg. The kitchen, made of humble materials such as plywood, stainless steel, and conventional tile, is full of smart, budget-oriented storage solutions. Here we dissect the kitchen and identify its key elements (bonus points: many are sourced from Ikea). The Kitchen Above: Open shelves above the sink area create a still life opportunity. Above: A closer look at the prep areas. Get the Look Materials
Above: The plywood in the kitchen is all finished with Osmo Polyx Oil Original Hardwax Oil; $135 on Amazon. Above: The darker plywood is stained with Osmo Polyx Professional Color Oil in Charcoal 5414; $19.95 for a 0.125 liter on Amazon. Above: Countertops are custom in stainless steel with an integrated stainless steel kitchen sink. For more, see our posts Remodeling 101: Stainless Steel Countertops and 10 Easy Pieces: Stainless Steel Kitchen Sinks. Photograph of a thin stainless countertop by architect Jerome Buttrick. Above: Mimic the kitchen’s white tile with Daltile Semi-Gloss White Ceramic Wall Tile in 4 1/4-inch squares; $1.94 per square foot at the Home Depot. Pair it with dark grout for a similar look. Faucets & Fixtures Above: The KV1 Single-Handle Faucet was designed by Arne Jacobsen for Vola. Contact Vola for pricing and information. Budget Appliances Above: The wall oven is available only through Ikea in Sweden. It’s the Gränslos Oven is 3,795 Kr ($468 USD) at Ikea. An oven with a similar look is the Bertazzoni 24-Inch Electric Wall Oven; $999 at US Appliance. An oven at a similar price is Ikea’s US oven, the Nutid Thermal Oven for $795. Above: The Ikea Eldig Glass Ceramic Cooktop has four burners for $395. Above: The Eventuell Built-In Extractor Hood in stainless steel is $395 at Ikea. Above: The kitchen features an Ikea dishwasher hidden behind a plywood panel. The Renlig Built-in Dishwasher is $395 at Ikea. Above: The refrigerator is the Liebherr Undercounter Panel-Ready Refrigerator Drawer, integrated into the kitchen island; $2,139 at US Appliance.