Photographer Karine Köng creates a light and minimalist Scandinavian-inspired kitchen that meets her family’s needs and reminds her of the colours of the surrounding beaches.
Three years ago, after 23 years spent living in London, where she managed an interior design concept store, Karine moved to France, to the Bay of Arcachon. Drawing on her personal and professional experience and her own sense of the aesthetic, this surf-loving photographer has already designed three kitchens. This fourth project reflects her most intimate desires and requirements, because it is her primary home. Karine and her family wanted to grow in a unique place, with a kitchen that emanates well-being and a sense of holiday all year round.
Inspired by the natural materials of wood, linen, marble and cotton, Karine wanted a light and minimalist Scandinavian-inspired kitchen, that could meet her family’s needs and remind her of the colours of the surrounding beaches. Situated close to the beach, the house is an invitation to well-being and holidays.
In terms of design, storage and ease of use, the open-plan living space (kitchen, sitting room, dining room) is perfect for creating a convivial atmosphere in which guests and her husband, often in charge of dinner, can converse and enjoy time together.
A breakfast counter and large workspaces (one of 120 cm, the other of 114 cm that can be used from the kitchen and sitting room) respond to the needs of a couple wishing to grow, cook and live in an airy and spacious room.
Other than aesthetics and design, Karine wanted a functional kitchen with beautiful, solid, easily maintained and durable material. After some research, she chose Silestone® quartz surfaces at her local marble workshop HM Deco. To maintain coherence between her work surfaces and the grey, concrete-style floor, she chose the Silestone® Eternal Statuario by Cosentino.
The surfaces, not only stain resistant but also shock and scratch resistant with a 25-year guarantee, seduced Karine just as much as the collaboration that arose out of her work with the marble worker.
A piece of Eternal Statuario was also used for the splashback. “I am still impressed when I see the point to which these quartz counters have enhanced our kitchen, which is on an Ikea base,” exclaims Karine.
The surface, marrying N-Boost technology and a Suede finish to give it an extreme softness, won over the family, thanks to the alliance between aesthetics and technical qualities, so that they can enjoy the appearance of marble but with none of its disadvantages.
“It is a hugely pleasing kitchen, since it is convivial, aesthetic and minimalist all at once. It is a joy to see it and to grow with it every day.” – Karine Köng.
- Project: Karine Köng’s ocean-inspired kitchen
- Trend: Minimalist
- Style: light and spacious, with natural tones.
- Influence: The nearby Atlantic Ocean.
Silestone® Eternal Statuario Suede: worksurface and splashback.
©Karine Köng Photography