Christina Meyer Bengtsson has designed a kitchen for Reform. It’s an extraordinary collaboration for Reform that will benefit a New York charity founded by Bengtsson’s husband, chef and entrepreneur Claus Meyer
Christina Meyer Bengtsson holds a degree in visual design from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. Today she owns her own company, Heartwork Design, which is based in Copenhagen and New York. Bengtsson has been designing Michelin restaurants for more than 20 years and is responsible for the distinctive visual look of Claus Meyer’s cookbooks and products.
Inspired by the eclectic style of the Art Deco era, Christina Meyer Bengtsson has designed a kitchen that celebrates unexpected combinations. Distinct colors, like a warm golden brass, a soft gray and a tender mauve combine with a black countertop to reflect Meyer Bengtsson’s passion for contrast. The golden brass in particular supplies the luxury and sophistication that is seen in other Meyer Bengtsson design projects. The colors can be mixed, as they were designed to be, or isolated, with one tone dominating the room. The design is available with or without brass handles.
In the spring of 2016 Reform was on the verge of establishing an office and opening a showroom in New York, where Claus Meyer had already established a business. As two of Claus Meyer’s New York initiatives, Great Northern Food Hall in Grand Central Station and Agern, a midtown restaurant, were taking shape, he met with the two founders of Reform. The entrepreneurs shared their thoughts, which quickly led to action and a collaboration. Designer and wife of Claus Meyer, Christina Meyer Bengtsson would design a kitchen for Reform that would benefit the Claus Meyers Melting Pot Foundation, a non-profit initiative in Brownsville, Brooklyn.
2% of the sale of each Christina Meyer Bengtsson kitchen sold by Reform will be donated to the Claus Meyers Melting Pot Foundation.
Photo: Danny Ghitis
Founded in 2010, the Melting Pot Foundation explores the ways entrepreneurship and food crafts can be used to battle poverty and create jobs in the food service industry. The Foundation runs the Brownsville Community Culinary Center (BCCC) in Brooklyn. It’s a culinary training program, neighborhood eatery, café/bakery and community center all under one roof. Through an apprenticeship model BCCC educates local youth to excel in the food-service industry, while the eatery offers healthy, accessible cuisine to neighborhood residents. BCCC is a pilot project. The goal is to test and refine a model that can be spread to other societies with the same challenges.
Photo: Oluwaseye Olusa
Meyer Bengtsson’s kitchen design comes in four different finishes, which can be used singly or mixed to create colorful and vibrant combinations. The first finish features raw, untreated brass on both the fronts and edges of the panels. The back of these panels is laminated in a light gray FENIX NTM laminate. The three other finishes are available in each FENIX NTM laminate color; dark gray, light gray and powder. Common to all three is that the edge strips consist of raw, untreated brass. The front and back are finished in the selected laminate color. The core of all four finishes consists of MDF.
The brass we use in this design is raw and untreated, so irregularities, minor scratches and differences in shading may appear on the surface. This kitchen material requires occasional maintenance.
Brass patinates over time as the metal is exposed to its surroundings, such as water, air, etc. As the metal oxidizes, a layer of darker shades appears on top of the existing metal, and the brass in this kitchen design will continuously darken from the day it is received, but although the surface will change, it can be restored to its original shine through polishing. As the brass begins to change color, steps can be taken to stop the process. With the right care and regular polishing, a brass kitchen will be beautiful for many years.
The fronts are available with and without handles. The handle on laminate fronts consists of a milled brass plate with a mounted brass handle. On the raw brass fronts the brass handle is mounted directly on the front. The handle comes in one size and is mounted horizontally on all pieces. Brass handles can be cared for and maintained in the same way as written above.
Christina Meyer Bengtsson recommends black laminate cover panels with black ABS edge strips that match the black laminate countertop. The cover panels go down to the floor. As an alternative choice, side trims are available in the same material and colors as the three laminate choices with edge strips in raw, untreated brass. Additional pieces can be ordered in any of the four front finishes with black laminate recommended for the toe kicks.
Christina Meyer Bengtsson recommends a 25/32 " black-laminated top plate with black ABS edges. Alternatively, the countertop can be ordered in three different FENIX NTM laminate colors; dark gray, light gray and powder, with edge strips consisting of raw, untreated brass.
It is not possible to change the colors in Meyer Bengtsson’s design.
Powder – 0716 FENIX NTM Laminate – Brass Edges
Gray – 0752 FENIX NTM Laminate – Brass Edges
Pewter – 0724 FENIX NTM Laminate – Brass Edges
Brass – Front and Edges of Brass