Some things are associated with Swedishness like meatballs and lots of coffee. But a Swedish kitchen? What does that mean exactly? We hung out in a kitchen to find out more from one of our interior designers. Here’s what we learned.
Our interior designers were inspired by two Swedish artists—Karin and Carl Larsson—who released a book of watercolours showing their family life at home. “At the time, about a hundred years ago, the kitchen table was only a place to sit and eat,” says interior designer Kerstin Bohne. “Their book was revolutionary because there was no rule about which rooms kids could use. We updated this idea and put two big tables together and lots of different chairs to make space for family and friends to dine, do homework, play games, plant seeds, whatever.”
To encourage children to be in the kitchen, our designers made certain child-friendly choices. There are dedicated drawers to store pens, papers, homework and games and a stepstool for anything that’s not so easy to reach. Open space and big countertops on base cabinets give kids a front-row seat during food prep. And kids can help, too—like with waste sorting, watering plants and setting the table.
“The feeling of being close to nature and an awareness of living sustainably are important parts of this room’s Swedishness.” Our designers chose TORHAMN kitchen fronts that have a foresty feel. They made room for lots of plants to grow in and nearby the kitchen, so children can learn about food and sustainability. Big, curtainless windows help bring the outdoors in and are awfully Swedish, too. “We don’t have so much sunlight, so we like to see it when we have it.”
The Larssons used lots of red, white, green and yellow, but this kitchen looks more like slim black boxes of today’s modern Swedish dream homes. “The kitchen flirts with simple Swedish nostalgia, but is made with modern, sustainable techniques.” FALSTERBO shelves are a good example. They have thin, modern lines, but embrace more traditional design with small drawers that tip when opened. “Overall, the room is airy—it’s spacious and not so cluttered, which makes it feel very Swedish, too.”
Interior designer: Martina Andersson / Jenny Blomqvist
Photographer: Mårten Linton