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“The simpler you do it, the more important the detail becomes”

Reform sat down with Norm Architects to hear about their design for Reform, their design philosophy and their use of materials – here is the result.

Details are not only details; it is actually the details that make the product.

For Norm Architects’ design work for Reform all the small, tiny elements and how the different materials meet was very important. Norm’s collaboration with Reform started, as many of their other projects, with a fascination for material:

We wanted to create a kitchen that would be developed and that becomes prettier with time. Our kitchen reflects this thought by using the natural materials, as the carrying element of the design. In Scandinavia, we have the tradition of inviting nature inside, kind of blurring the boundaries between what is inside and outside,” Norm Architects explains.

IKEA is high quality

From Norm Architects’ view working with IKEA and adding fronts to their kitchens has not been a restriction for them, because what’s inside the IKEA kitchen is high quality and the same materials all other kitchen manufacturers use;

We did not see it as an IKEA kitchen, we saw it as a structure that is inside a kitchen and then we were asked to put something around it,” Norm Architects says.

A piece of furniture

We aimed to make the kitchen into furniture, something that would stand out of the space. This kitchen is actually a credenza, a piece of furniture. A lot of kitchens are made as built-in pieces, where the architect’s goal is for the piece to become a part of the architecture. In this case, we wanted to take the opposite direction, we wanted to create a piece of furniture,” Norm Architects tells.

By designing a frame or table top that actually goes all the way around the cabinets, it becomes more like a freestanding piece of furniture, either against the wall or centered in the room. The furniture approach to designing a kitchen gives it a mix between a piece of furniture and a kitchen design – between functionality and aesthetics:

We don’t see them as oppositions. We see that design is the bridge between them, so even though it is a piece of furniture, it is a functional furniture and that goes for all furniture. So in our way, it is the perfect harmony,” Norm Architects explains.

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