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Scandinavian Kitchen Design ROCKS!

I'm not kidding about this. It really rocks, trust me. Take a look, and turn up your speakers. A LOT. It doesn't always work for some reason. Refresh your browser if you don't see the video right away. It's short but unlike anything else I've seen!

Scandinavian Kitchens That Rock The House

Or try this link, but try it! (And then report back!)

My cousin, Lis, sent me some links for Scandinavian kitchen websites, many of which I already had, but some were new. I had asked her to send me some magazines, and she said links are easier. Nice! I'll be loading up on magazines when I go to Denmark in August. I usually spend at least $100 on magazines, and they add so much weight, but it's worth it (to me!)

Here are some thoroughly modern kitchens from the company, Trend. The wood really looks fantastic here, doesn't it?


And, as always, try out a few blogs. The first, Modern Country, has text in brown in English. Also check out hvitstil, and last but DEFINITELY not least, Karna.


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Reader Comments (4)

I like the clean lines of the Scandinavian look - they definitely are modern... Do you find that bulk stores such as IKEA minimalize the impact of the design style by saturating the market?? Love the photos!!

July 17, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJoy

Hi Joy, good to see you here again! What I think you are asking, and tell me if I'm wrong, is, if mass market companies like IKEA contribute to a one-trick-pony (for lack of a better anaology) definition of "modern."

Actually, I definitely DO think that. And, not only from IKEA, but I've had that feeling about many upscale/high end (modern) kitchen companies as well. We all are familiar with the sort of "fully coordinated" look of a modern kitchen, as seen in the promotional literature, websites, etc. I would even say that the modern kitchen literature shows more coordinated/sameness in the styling than traditional cabinet companies do. Maybe that's just my imagination, but it does come to mind. And, of course, that IS part of the look. It is a valid look, but it is not the only way to use modern cabinetry.

These kitchens, above, show a little more interest than is typical in a few of the images, not all of them, certainly. It's subjective.

The problem/paradox is that when consumers see these kitchens for the first time and consider them, it all looks very exciting and oftentimes, they see it as a "set" like a bedroom "set", a living room "set", which used to be called a "suite." Know what I mean? But, the "set" can be dismantled and put back together with more interesting pieces, it doesn't have to be a "set." That is only one look.

I probably ventured far more than you wanted to go, or know!

July 17, 2007 | Registered CommenterSusan Serra, CKD

Thanks for your thoughts, Susan - you answered my question perfectly. I just find that while I enjoy the look, I would be hesitant to invest in that particular design style simply because the market in my part of the world is one of cheap IKEA "sets" and I hate having something that everyone else and their dog has and when I know it's becoming ordinary and no longer unique, I lose interest... so I appreciate the fresh take on it... Thanks!! :)

July 17, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJoy

This is a rather old entry, but I'd like to add my 2 cents anyway.

1. I think "sets" are boring and only for people with a very limited imagination.

2. Not everybody can afford a $60k+ kitchen or remodel - and not every home is expensive enough to make such an upgrade a clever investment. So for those "not so rich" IKEA is quite a good solution. We had two IKEA kitchens when we were younger and on a strikter budget. And to tell you the truth: they weren't bad for the money.

Nobody is forced to have the same fronts or counters throughout, you can mix and match and add some creative stuff as well which was probably not meant for kitchen use in the first place. Creativity (and taste) is all you need. Look at those old Danish kitchens and dining areas - they didn't have all the bells and whistles we know today, yet they are inviting and "hyggelig".

October 1, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterConnie

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