Guard Hvalsøe creates kitchen and furnishing solutions and designs rooms for world-famous chefs such as René Redzepi from Noma. Designer Thomas Lykke, who runs the OEO Studio together with Anne-Marie Buemann, needed a new kitchen in his Copenhagen apartment. Like pieces of a puzzle, the two came together to work together on the Lykke model, a modular, bespoke kitchen furniture solution that highlights the beauty of wood and classic craftsmanship.
Like Garde Hvalsøe, Lykke admires the nature and properties of wood, an appreciation that stems from his childhood with his grandfather, who often worked in his workshop. He shares:
Wood is something special. You need to understand its nature, and it’s important to remember that the tree grew for twenty, fifty, sometimes hundreds of years to produce the wood for my carpenter’s kitchen.
The Lykke model comes from OEO Studio and Garde Hvalsøe’s previous project, “Cabinet of Love”, a showpiece that the two designed for the Wallpaper * Handmade X exhibition in 2019. Lykke’s Kitchen of Love follows the same craftsmanship and functionality. A metal base creates contrasts to the solid wood body. Metal is also used in slim vertical partitions between cabinets. A marble table top appears to float above the wood due to its slightly elevated position and the use of a shadow groove strip. Drawers with visible finger joints underline the beauty of the wood and pay homage to the traditional craftsmanship of carpentry.
Like the unique objects Lykke has collected in his kitchen from around the world, the Lykke model is a treasured piece of furniture that is both artful and functional and can be used and enjoyed for years to come.
Photos by Michael Rygaard.