Functional kitchen in a small space
Charlotte and her daughter Molly live in a charming three room apartment in the centre of Malmö. The details typical of the 1920s, such as mirror doors and moulded ceiling have been carefully preserved. The large window that lets so much light in and high ceilings give the 75 square metres a spacious feel. The kitchen is long and narrow, with not much space for storage. Consequently, the few and valuable spaces to be found are permanently covered with everything from mixers to post.
The kitchen challenge:"Yes, take last Saturday for example. We were having a girls' dinner at my place, and were working together in the kitchen. Just imagine - four girls slicing onions and vegetables, peeling potatoes and cutting meat in my little kitchen. We were almost on top of each other," says Charlotte, and laughs. When I saw her kitchen, I understood what she meant. Charlotte gave me a completely free hand to organise her kitchen. The challenge was to free as much surface area as possible without losing storage space. I also wanted to try and match the existing kitchen fittings. Because I love light myself, it was important for me to avoid blocking any light from the balcony with a wall cabinet.
To make the most of the empty wall space, I chose Elfa's wall hang system and shelves with storing boards. I love smart solutions that you can mount yourself without having to call in a professional. All you need to do to fix the wall hang system is to screw a top track to the wall as a support for the wallbands. In such situations, a spirit level is your best friend. you can then start positioning the fixtures for the project. I took into account which kitchen implements were to go on the shelves when deciding depth and width. I mixed materials and design for a personal touch, creating variation without it getting messy.