Like we reported a few months ago, the server that hosted our site crashed, due to the amount of traffic we were getting, so thank you everyone!
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I love recycling (and I’m not talking about plastic bottles and cans, though that is very important too). I just love it when creative designers, like the team at Cousaert Vanderdockt from Belgium, find old “junk” and turn it into art, furniture and even kitchens.
Though some of the furniture pieces are genius, this blog is all about kitchens, so I’ll focus on that. Their kitchen designs have so much character, so much wonderful texture and just that certain je ne sais quoi about them. The reclaimed wood, together with the antique stone sinks and the old world faucets are put together so cleverly that I just love every part of it.
European kitchens are mostly cleaned lined and very minimalistic, creating the ultimate modern kitchens or the other extreme – old world English or French style kitchens, that are classic and traditional kitchens but in a very balanced and structured way, following symmetrical design rules.
Cousaert Vanderdockt designs break all these rules and the molds all together – they are so simple and yet have a lot of depth to them. They feeling they create is just very comfortable and it makes me want to go out and build a house in this theme…
I just returned from Italy and as always, in addition to the great food and the excellent wine, I got a chance to see some beautiful Italian kitchens.
One of my all time favorite Italian kitchen manufacturers is without a doubt Marchi Cucina. In a country that has a kitchen factory at every corner and produces more kitchens then any other country in the world it is very hard to stand out and create something very different and unique but Marchi Cucine does it time and time again.
Just like companies like Boffi, Val Cucine, Pedini and Snaidero are the industry leaders in the contemporary and modern kitchen design; Marchi Cucine is the undisputed leader in the non contemporary design – the traditional kitchen design.
In reality though, when you look at their original designs, they are not just creators of traditional and old world kitchens, but actually create their own unique category. Some of their kitchens are contemporary looking with traditional and old world elements, like aluminum doors in a traditional wood frame that has wood carvings on it. Other designs look like they are taken out of a movie set in Hollywood, for a movie that is supposed to take place in the America in the 1960′s.
The amazing use of woods, metals, glass and stones, all mixed with fresh applications and designs are what make Marchi not just a leader in the kitchen design industry but really one of a kind pioneer that is second to none!
Be sure to visit their new web site that unfortunately is not in English and is very slow and full of flash animation – it is worth the wait!
To the designers at the Marchi Group - Bravo!
One style of European kitchen design that is so typical to French kitchens and that has not crossed to many country boarders and have certainly not cross the ocean to the US is the French Old World built in kitchens. You find these typical French kitchens in many of the French country side homes and in some German, Italian and Swiss homes.
These kitchens are very unique in the sense that they are individually built into walls and masonry, which is what gives them their very unique look. Companies like Ateliers Jean Daniel , Le lys d’Argent and Les Rustiques sur Mesure are the specialist in this field.
To see the process of building one of these kitchens you can visit Cusines Provencales’s web site.
Not all Italian kitchens are created contemporary – The Fenice Collection, from Cadore
In this Kitchen, Cadore revives the Barocco (Baroque) style. Unlike the Sicilian / Naples Baroque, which is very rich and ornate, the Fenice is more delicate, with much finer carvings and decorations. The inspiration, for this design, came from the famous La Fenice Venetian Theatre, with its typical Baroque eighteenth-century Veneziano design.
The Fenice Collection from Cadore is a kitchen that is built from the highest quality materials available. Finished in antique silver leafing and a ‘pinkish hew’, the classic appearance hides the most sophisticated interiors that are available today – Blum’s Servo Drive automated opening drawers, soft closing drawer glides, internal accessories by Kessebomher and much more.
Classic style and advance technology combined together in a single collection og high quality, design and comfort – The Fenice.
Another manufacturer that is very well known for its unique and innovative traditional designs is Marchi. Every one of their models looks like it’s taken out of a ‘Hollywood movie set’ and tells an entire story. Shown below is the Dhialma model from Marchi.
A very elegant traditional kitchen is the Tosca model, from Martini. Shown below, in painted with silver accents and a dark color island.