FRESNAYE | CAPE TOWN | 2012
Transitional kitchens allow you to break free from the constraints of a particular style to create a unique look. As long as you have a clear vision of what you want, a cohesive space can be created by combining ideas that stem from a variety of design ideals.
Transitional kitchens vary greatly from home to home as they are simply made up of a combination of styles that fall with the traditional and modern scopes of design. This kitchen combines elements from the traditional-farmhouse and minimalist Scandinavian styles with a touch of mid-century modern elements for a refreshingly retro twist. The centre island with its traditional hardware and white washed finish softens the look of this otherwise clean-cut modern design. The surrounding cabinets could be described as being Scandinavian by design in their simplicity and functionality.
The over-sized stacked ovens, and bold black fridge and cooking range, paired with avocado green are elements often found in mid-century modern designs. This kitchen is a great example of how various styles can be combined without the result being a mishmosh of mis-matched ideas.
Style continuity in a transitional kitchen is achieved by scattering or echoing elements of each style throughout the space.
Here the farm-house style that anchors the room centrally is echoed by the open shelving along the walls, whilst a touch of mid-century style is brought to the island through the organic bowl and orchid that sits atop the island. The clean lines and natural wood elements that surround the island add a Scandivian appeal.
A free-standing bookshelf was custom made to complement the retro aspect of this kitchen, with a nod to the pop-art of the mid-century era. The inspiration for the bookshelf came from the game of Tetris, which was popular during the 80s and 90s. The result is a piece of furniture that would easily blend into any room of a modern Scandinavian inspired home.
This quirky piece of furniture certainly is more cool than kitch.
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