Kitchen Design Ikea

Cecilie Manz positioned pine slabs at 45-degree angles to match the cut-out door handles of this IKEA kitchen, customised for Danish brand Reform.

Manz is the latest in a line of renowned designers to create a kitchen for Copenhagen-based Reform, which specialises in the customisation of IKEA's Metod kitchen cupboards.

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Called Degree, Manz's kitchen aims to provide simple functionality while creating a hospitable atmosphere.

In order to achieve a balance between the two, she chose to pair a hardwearing steel countertop with warm-toned wood and grey painted doors.

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The wood grain of the Oregon pine is laid at a 45-degree angle to contrast with the horizontal and vertical lines of the kitchen, something Manz likens to a "hatching in a drawing".  Geometric notch handles are located in the corner of each front, adding a graphic element.

"The 45-degree tilt of the veneer came about because I wanted to push something very classic," Manz told Dezeen. "Vertical Oregon pine looked nice but also slightly looking backwards – reminiscent of the 1960s. The handle gave the inspiration, a missing corner at a 45-degree angle."

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"I'm not afraid of doing classic stuff," she continued. "It lasts, and you should just be aware of where the 'boring' starts. I'm a huge fan of Oregon pine, the warmth, straight grains. And then it reminds me of my grandmother's fine aesthetics."

Previous designers who have collaborated with Reform include Danish architects BIG, Henning Larsen and Norm, who each created kitchen designs for the brand, while Stockholm-based designers Note Design and Afteroom introduced living room furniture last year.

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