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BASIS design in two light blue colors with handles in natural oak and a countertop in the color 'Charcoal' in linoleum

Kasper Bjørke is a Copenhagen-based musician, producer and DJ with a long line of critically acclaimed albums, DJ mixes and production credits to his eponymous artist name.

Based in a spacious Frederiksberg apartment filled with subtly eye-catching art and design, the Danish creative spends his days working out of his home office, and engaging in the daily routines and rituals that make up contemporary family living.

The Bjørke family have acquired a BASIS design in a combination with and without handles where the solution without handles comes with push-to-open. We were interested to know what living was like in Kasper’s new kitchen, so we spent some time in the apartment and asked him about his relationship with design and durability and what he gets up to on a day-to-day basis.


Julie Rosendahl is the commercial editor at Femina, a weekly women’s magazine in Denmark. Julie’s apartment is unique, as only the bathroom had walls when she bought it, but that was also the reason for her falling in love with the apartment: “We fell for the large space and industrial or almost institutional feel. The latter is a good thing in my opinion. I just really like the no-nonsense style of it. And the institutional furniture – it’s just made to last and really be used – even in a rough manner. Our place was originally part of an office building built in late 1980s, but it was renovated and turned into apartments in 2006,” Julie explains.

“The day usually starts with preparing and eating breakfast, and when we’re done we take the kids to school.”

Because there were no walls in the apartment when Julie bought it, she had the freedom to do anything and therefore went with half walls with large windows and steel doors made to measure.

Julie had her eye on Reform for quite a while before she decided to redo her apartment with one of our kitchens.

“I originally fell for the ‘70s feel with the round ‘hole-handles’ in oak and it just felt so right for this industrial and no-nonsense apartment. It gives the kitchen a little more coziness and nostalgia. I especially love the charcoal linoleum countertop that we extended all the way under the windows to make a breakfast bar,” Julie says.

“So many things are happening throughout the day, and it can be slightly hectic. The kitchen is a place where I can chill out and reflect on things. It’s not often I get a chance to do that, but it’s nice when it happens”

“My favorite thing to do in the kitchen is probably cooking with the children – it can, let’s be honest, be quite stressful to handle food and two hungry mini-divas all at once, but it’s also very rewarding and fun,” laughs Julie.

“Quality, for me, is a mix of durable, sustainable materials and good design.”

BASIS painted in a grey, custom color. The countertop is made from solid steel.