Harmonious Contrast: Dutch designer’s cutting-edge design wins global acclaim, scooping
one of the top prizes in the Sub-Zero & Wolf Design Contest
Ultra-modern and feature-packed,this contemporary kitchen design by Dutch designer Davy Swanenberg has created ripples right across the Atlantic, winning the top prize in the Sub-Zero & Wolf Kitchen Design Contest, the global final of which was held recently
in Madison, Wisconsin, US.
Swanenberg of Culimaat Kitchens in the Netherlands, was named the grand-prize winner and receives a $40,000 prize. The kitchen is situated in an old furniture factory, located in a picturesque village near s’Hertogenbosch, the capital of the southern province of Brabant.
“I started with an empty space, which featured prominent old wooden beams,” explains Swanenberg. “That was the stage for what had to be a semi-professional kitchen. The client’s requirements with respect to the appliances were very clear – they had to be as professional as possible, so we chose the Wolf range for its iconic red controls and the heavy cast iron grates.” The kitchen measurements are based on the dimensions of the range, hence the shape of the worktop’s edge. The warming drawer dictated the size of the drawers in the island, and led to the choice of using matt marble. “Matt marble is easily cut in different thicknesses and perfect to create a uniform and robust look between the warming drawer and furniture fronts,” Swanenberg explains.
“The Sub-Zero fridges finish the semi-professional atmosphere, thanks to their stainless steel counterpoint to the rough materials. I searched for contrasting materials on purpose,
making sure they share the same colour palette. The result is this kitchen, a sleek industrial look with plenty of light and spaciousness.”