Bornholm – clearly the picture that pops up in your dictionary next to ‘idyllic’. The small Danish Island is a postcard come to life with it’s lush grasslands, rugged coastline and quaint, colorful fishing villages and windmills. Were I to conjure up a vision of the place I’d run to, to get away from it all perhaps to start a new, simpler life this would certainly be my idea of idyllic, peaceful, charming, simple and beautiful. No surprise really to think of this pleasant little place in terms of inspiration for artists, writers and, of course, designers.
Enter one very talented New York designer Susan Serra CKD and her daughter Kelly Serra Donovan. The two have teamed up to create a line of kitchen furniture that is inspired by Bornholm,their ancestral birthplace.
“Bornholm, in a word, is magical,” says Susan Serra, president and founder of Bornholm Kitchen. “The landscape of the island and its cultural design aesthetic are rugged, soft, clean, simple, fresh and so very green. While the Bornholm Kitchen reflects the very essence of the place, it also has many unique qualities that consumers will be drawn to. First, the beauty of the Bornholm Kitchen design concept is its ability to authentically speak the language of the environment it resides in. Bornholm Kitchen doesn’t dictate the style of the room, it’s sophisticated aesthetic seamlessly integrates with your style, your accessories, your life,” continues Serra. Bornholm Kitchen is like a classic black dress – the accessories define the look. The newly launched Bornholm Kitchen website offers a Style Gallery that demonstrates how a homeowner can change the look via personal choices in materials and accessories.
Serra describes Bornholm as, “a kitchen with great social skills!” The story of beautiful form and function is not novel for kitchen design. But the idea of the social kitchen that responds to how we live is both new and “on trend.” This is a centerpiece of the Bornholm Kitchen story. Bornholm also emulates freestanding furniture (its open lower framework supported by legs lends an honest furniture aesthetic) and can be designed as a collection of separate pieces to ease the transition between the kitchen and surrounding spaces, perfect for today’s open floorplans.
- The scalloped/elliptical drawer cutout, the exposed mortise and tenon joinery and the modern post design uniquely define the Bornholm Kitchen look. The top and bottom 2 3/4″ thick top and bottom rails add a substantial framework to the design.Currently available in natural Walnut and Rift Oak.All Bornholm Kitchen elements are made-to-order, handcrafted sustainably in about 8 weeks – and whose sturdy construction is engineered to last a lifetime.
So now you want to know how you can buy one of these? Well you have some very unique options.
- Bornholm Kitchen: custom designed under the supervision of one (or more) NKBA Certified Kitchen Designers. The only manufacturer to provide this level of service on a national basis.
- Bornholm Basik: À la carte kitchen and bath furniture available online through 2modern.com. Standard sizes offered in a variety of configurations and wood species make the process of purchasing a high quality kitchen or vanity a breeze.
- Bornholm Collection: Elegant selections offered online through http://avolli.com - the source for Scandinavian Antique Furniture. Bornholm Collection taps into the whimsical side of Scandinavian design by adding a bit of glam and innovative creative elements.
Be sure to stop by the Bornholm Kitchen display at AD Home Design Show 2011 – Booth # 368