Our Cecilie Manz fandom began a decade ago with her glamorous take on industrial lighting, the Caravaggio Pendant (see Remodelista: A Manual for the Considered Home, page 314). We’ve since featured the Danish designer’s Minima Carafe, Muuto Workshop Chair, and Aitio Shelves for Iittala, among others, always impressed by the cerebral charm and simplicity of her work. We’re not the only ones taking note: At Maison & Objet 2018, Manz, 46, was named Designer of the Year. And Copenhagen studio Reform recently asked her to come up with one of its high-brow Ikea kitchen hacks: cabinet fronts and counters made to be applied to Sektion components. Manz responded with a you-won’t-believe-this-is-Ikea angular design known as Degree.
Join us for a look. And take note that Reform now has a showroom in Brooklyn and stands ready to ship throughout the US and Canada (approximate delivery time: 10 to 14 weeks).
Photography courtesy of Reform, unless noted.
Version One: Veneered Oregon Pine
The panel to the left of the sink can conceal the dishwasher (Reform’s fronts are made to work with Ikea’s built-in appliances but can often accommodate other brands). A range and cooktop can also be incorporated into the setup. Reform advises its customers to first come up with an Ikea kitchen plan in consultation with Ikea’s design experts—or to start with an existing Ikea kitchen. From there, send Reform your Ikea order and work drawings along with your choice of Reform kitchen style and color. Within 24 hours, they’ll respond with a quote.
Version Two: Light Gray Painted Cabinets
Both versions of the kitchen shown here are 9.5 linear feet long, and Reform reports that their collections of fronts would cost approximately $1,900 (painted) and $2,500 (veneer).
The classic Vola faucet is Reform’s recommendation but not included. For sourcing and more options, take a look at 10 Easy Pieces: Architects’ Go-To Modern Kitchen Faucets.
The Design Process
Thinking of upgrading Ikea kitchen cabinets? Take a look at:
- 8 Custom Cabinet Companies for the Ultimate Ikea Kitchen Hack
- A DIY Ikea Kitchen for Two Berlin Creatives
- A Designer’s Own Ikea Hack Kitchen in Provence, Before and After
And here are more Reform designs:
- Norm Architects Reinvent the Ikea Kitchen
- Kitchen of the Week: A Glamorous Kitchen in San Francisco, Ikea Hacks Included
- A Copenhagen Stylist Reinvents Her Kitchen in Mint Green