Kitchen of the Week: Life Imitates Art in a Swedish Painter’s New Kitchen

Swedish painter Emma Bernhard‘s kitchen is much like her art: minimalist, bold, honest, with a fondness for black. Known for her large-scale works featuring evocative black brush strokes, Emma collaborated with Nordiska Kök to design the space, choosing the firm’s streamlined Valchromat cabinets for a sleek look that offsets the natural warmth of the home’s pine plywood walls.

The company notes another similarity between Emma’s kitchen, which is composed of three parts (a row of tall cabinets, a row of lower cabinets, plus an island), and her artwork: “This combination of three bodies can perhaps be drawn as a parallel to Bernhard’s art, where she likes to work within the framework of three repetitions, whether it is three components in her sculptures or three steps in her paintings.”

Thankfully, you don’t have to be an art graduate to admire her kitchen. Let’s take a tour.

Photography by Osman Tahir, courtesy of Nordiska Kök.

Emma Bernhard Nordiska Kok Kitchen Above: Emma and her partner Jarl built their house in Torekov on the Bjäre Peninsula in southern Sweden. It’s a region known for its natural beauty, artfully framed from the inside via wide, rectangular windows.
Emma Bernhard Nordiska Kok Kitchen Above: Emma selected Nordiska Kök’s Valchromat line of minimalist in-frame cabinets. The counters are a black matte polished granite; the flooring is polished concrete.
Emma Bernhard Nordiska Kok Kitchen Above: Pine plywood benches blend seamlessly into the walls.
Emma Bernhard Nordiska Kok Kitchen Above: In-frame cabinets are an elegant and streamlined design.
Emma Bernhard Nordiska Kok Kitchen Above: Both the faucets (note the different shapes) are from Tapwell.
Emma Bernhard Nordiska Kok Kitchen Above: A black Smeg Dolce Stil Novo oven adds to the kitchen’s sleekness. Concealed in the high cabinets is the refrigerator.
Emma Bernhard Nordiska Kok Kitchen Above: The view into the rest of the appealingly austere home.

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