The past few years have seen a bold revival of vintage and retro themes, with the kitchen becoming the preferred space to try out these resurgent styles. There is something undeniably captivating about a charming vintage kitchen that takes you back in time with its warmth and elegance. These inviting antique touches become even more apparent as the rest of the world remains distinctly modern; sometimes borders on the edge of sterile. In an age where design seems largely impersonal, antique and retro kitchens usher in individuality filled with nostalgic allure!
New company Plykea launched a series of birch ply doors and worktops that can be attached to IKEA‘s ‘Metod‘ kitchen cupboards. Digital product designer Tim Diacon wanted a speedy way in which to create a handsome kitchen on a finite budget. Already possessing an IKEA kitchen, Tim searched for a company that could make a set of birch ply fronts. Unsuccessful in his quest, Tim turned to his friend Adam Vergette for help—Adam is a furniture designer and a one-time production worker with Vitsœ. The two men hatched a plan to create an online service that would provide reasonably priced bespoke plywood doors, drawer fronts, worktops and cover panels for IKEA kitchen cabinets: and so Plykea was born.
The most noticeable and iconic feature of this new kitchen series is the ‘frame door‘ that combines a dash of Shaker furniture style and traditional kitchen door design with contemporary refinement and minimal modernity. The fusion is simply spectacular as these understated additions give the kitchen an entirely new look and set it apart from other contemporary compositions. Even in a crowd, Carattere is instantly recognizable thanks to this signature feature that is available with two different variants. Whether it is with fixed handles or with grip integrated into the cabinet door, these frame doors definitely make an immediate impact.
Finnish company A.S.Helsingö transforms the look and appearance of IKEA‘s Metod and older Faktum kitchen systems. A.S.Helsingö‘s doors and handles are created by Scandinavian designers and Finnish carpenters. They‘re made to order in a small Finnish countryside community, using quality materials and traditional craft methods.
A kitchen in bluish-gray leads the pack here with other lighter hues of gray following closely behind. When choosing gray as the principle color in the contemporary kitchen, it is best to pick a cooler and lighter shade as it give the space an inviting, light-filled and upbeat vibe. Add in white countertops, bar stools, backsplash or other accent features to create visual interest and contrast.
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