Dezeen promotion: Swedish interior designer Tekla Evelina Severin has collaborated with Italian kitchen manufacturer Very Simple Kitchen on two bright kitchen models, which were presented at Milan design week.
Combining bold colours and geometric forms with simple but creative details, the Very Simple Teklan Edition modules marry Italian tradition with Swedish colouring.
"Very Simple Teklan Edition is inspired by the exchange of cultures starting with a profound reflection on the history of Italian and Swedish architecture," said Very Simple Kitchen.
"The result is two entirely handcrafted and sustainable made-in-Italy products."
For the first module, Severin and Very Simple Kitchen used black and white marble for the kitchen countertop, which runs along the length of the kitchen units and partway up the wall.
In a bid to make the project more sustainable, the marble from both modules was recovered from waste before being restored by skilled artisans to give it a renewed appearance.
"The starting points for both kitchen models are the marble worktops, the first characterised by a striking combination of white Carrara and black Marquina marble, arranged vertically to create a uniquely striped effect recalling Romanesque and Gothic architecture," the brand explained.
"Despite its second life, the material retains its full naturalness and all the characteristics that derive from it, including the continuous maturation of the product and the ability to restore it like new."
To balance the marble countertop's traditional materials and colours, Severin chose a mustard yellow finish more commonly found in contemporary Swedish design. According to the designers, this creates "a warm and welcoming environment".
This same shade of yellow has been applied to a shelf above the modules which has rounded edges, giving the design a softer feel.
The second kitchen model combines a subtle Portugal pink hue with Levanto red marble in a nod to Italian artistic traditions.
The same familiar colour blocking stripes found on the first module make up the marble top.
Several drawers underneath the marble countertop are specifically dedicated to storing pots and pans, which users can reach easily when using the oven.
"The result is a timeless collection vibrant in both concept and colour," explained the brand.
"With simplicity, attention to detail and creative soul, Very Simple Kitchen finds a perfect match with Tekla's personality, establishing an unprecedented and functional partnership between Italy and Sweden."
To read more about the Very Simple Teklan Edition, visit Very Simple Kitchen's website.
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