The piece of oak design furniture: Thomas Bentzen’s factory-inspired sideboard for Muuto
Austere, industrial chic combines with traditional Scandinavian design in this aesthetically impressive Enfold sideboard, by Danish designer Thomas Bentzen. He created it for the brand Muuto, with the intention of producing a piece that was both ‘industrial and homely’.
Warm honey-hued solid oak contrast with the sideboard’s sliding doors, which have been made from lacquered steel. This steel has been punched and bent to create a ridged surface that adds movement and a modern graphic appeal to the furniture. All screws and bolts are hidden from view to achieve a clean-lined finish.
We love the smart functionality that nevertheless has been given a softness thanks to rounded edges and the natural finish of oak. Can’t you imagine it looking wonderful in a hallway or as a piece of focus furniture in a stylish garden room?
The room: This kitchen in Cherry Hills Village, Colorado
Warm, inviting, and comfortable – all the things that a kitchen (aka the ‘heart of the home’) should be. That’s why we’re completely in love about this room in a beautiful new build located in Colorado. According to designer Miranda Cullen of Duet Design Group, who has worked on the property, the owners wanted to add a touch of playfulness to the calmness of the house. The brief was to ‘add a warm mix of textures and furnishings to the tonal palette.’ Her team collaborated with the architect, Kansas City’s Hufft Projects, and Denver’s William Ohs cabinet manufacturer to brighten up the space by incorporating walnut cabinets and a light oak finish on the ceiling.
We love how the blonde wood of the oak ceiling seems to lift the eye up, creating even more of an illusion of space and airiness. Further charm has been added with the instillation of coral-burst pendants from Moooi, which dangle over the kitchen island with their twinkling LED bulbs. Proof of how oak design touches can add to the impression of space, especially when combined with the perfect light fittings!
The architectural feature: oak beams in this apartment in Kiev
This impressive apartment in Kiev comprises of one stunning room after another, with a design based on the Japanese concept of wabi-wabi. This is a Buddhist philosophy that accepts transience and imperfection, and celebrates natural objects and processes.
So how did Sergey Makhno (the architect and owner of this apartment) achieve this, while also creating “a bridge between Japanese minimalism and Ukrainian aesthetics”? Not only is there a calm, airy appeal to the rooms thanks to an open-plan living, kitchen and dining area, plus a roof terrace, but oak beams have been installed in the open-plan living room to create the appearance of a traditional Japanese home.
Rough textures, natural materials, plus historical objects and artefacts all work together to form a calmness that is at one with the impressive aesthetic of the oak beams.