To celebrate the launch of American Standard's DXV line, designer Susan Serra creates a modern kitchen inspired by Nordic crafts and contemporary furniture. “Scandinavian design is my personal aesthetic favorite,” Serra says. "I wanted the mood to be one of comfort, of casual living, and of beauty."
Serra's design firm, Bornholm Kitchen, creates custom cabinetry, which is fabricated in Pennsylvania. For this conceptual space, she opted for robust solid walnut with an oil finish. "The oil finish is easily refreshed," she says. "Scratches can easily be rubbed out with sandpaper and if the surface is re-oiled, it looks like new. Every so often, years down the road, the cabinetry can be lightly sanded and re-oiled—or just re-oiled—for a brand-new look, which is extremely rare in kitchen cabinetry."
The kitchen's layout fosters socializing throughout the cooking and eating process. By placing the island facing the dining table, Serra ensures that someone washing dishes or preparing food can still talk to other people in the room. "The space should encourage those in it to cook up a storm if they choose, several people cooking at once if necessary, and it should provide visual beauty, culture, and a comfortable environment," Serra says.
The countertop is Silestone's Dreis colorway by Cosentino. The quartzite surface "created an understated, elegant look for this kitchen," Serra says. She used it for the countertops, backsplash, surround for the pizza oven, and white shelf adjacent to the sink area.
"Overall, it is important to me to build in change into the kitchens I design. Via fabrics, artwork, and useful storage on shelves and elsewhere, this kitchen can change its look easily," Serra says. "Wall cabinets can be hung and later removed as desired as well. This kitchen is very flexible."
"My most important must-have, truly, is art which can be in the form of paintings, sculpture or other decorative arts," Serra says. "The paintings in this kitchen are from my own personal collection." Cover chairs by Thomas Bentzen for Muuto surround the dining table. Customized Walls created the mural.
Serra sourced the handwoven vintage runner in front of the cooking area from Europe. For her Scandinavian Made business, she travels to Scandinavia to scout for rugs and ceramics from small artisans or from vintage shops. The refrigerator is by Sub-Zero Wolf.