Get a Designer Kitchen on an IKEA Budget With Reform’s New Fronts and Tops
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Get a Designer Kitchen on an IKEA Budget With Reform’s New Fronts and Tops

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By Jennifer Baum Lagdameo
Muller Van Severen, Studio David Thulstrup, and Note Design Studio lend their talents to create captivating new cabinet fronts and countertops for your IKEA kitchen.

Your IKEA kitchen doesn’t need to be basic. Reform, a Copenhagen–based company founded in 2014 by Jeppe Christensen and Michael Anderson, offers architect-designed fronts and countertops to give your kitchen a chic, affordable upgrade. "We are here to challenge the traditional kitchen industry," say Christensen and Anderson. Reform collaborates with some of the biggest names in Scandinavian architecture and design, including Bjarke Ingels Group, Norm Architects, Sigurd Larsen, and Cecilie Manz

Now, timed to coincide with International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in New York and 3daysofdesign in Copenhagen, Reform is launching three new collections. Muller Van Severen, Studio David Thulstrup, and Note Design Studio are bringing their acclaimed talents to Reform’s offerings.

Muller Van Severen

Ghent–based duo Fien Muller and Hannes Van Severen form Muller Van Severen, are a design firm known for being at the intersection of art and design. Their new kitchen design for Reform, called MATCH, makes use of unconventional elements such as their signature material, the durable and wax-like HDPE, traditionally used in cutting boards. The duo playfully pairs the bright panels with classic features like brass handles and a marble countertop to create a bold, graphic look. 

The MATCH collection uses unorthodox elements like Muller Van Severen’s signature material, a durable and wax-like polyethylene traditionally used in cutting boards.

The MATCH collection uses unorthodox elements like Muller Van Severen’s signature material, a durable and wax-like polyethylene traditionally used in cutting boards.

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The bright, bold panels are paired with classic features like marble countertops and playful, on-trend elements like a brass faucet and sink. 

The bright, bold panels are paired with classic features like marble countertops and playful, on-trend elements like a brass faucet and sink. 

A Calacatta Viola marble countertop is an unexpected contrast material.   

A Calacatta Viola marble countertop is an unexpected contrast material.   

Studio David Thulstrup

Copenhagen–based Studio David Thulstrup’s series highlights materials and textures for kitchen options that are both classic and full of personality. "It's about how the materials come to life," explains Thulstrup. The collection is called PLATE, which is a reference to how the designer "plated" the solid, interior core material with different exterior materials as though making a sandwich. The result is a variety of elegant looks that include a rich, dark wood; a matte, industrial brushed aluminum and stainless steel; and a classic white option. 

A selection of dark wood fronts highlights David Thulstrup's focus on material and his classic sense of style, which the designer describes as "modern simplicity."

A selection of dark wood fronts highlights David Thulstrup's focus on material and his classic sense of style, which the designer describes as "modern simplicity."

The black matte faucet, paired with a granite countertop, makes a bold, contemporary statement. 

The black matte faucet, paired with a granite countertop, makes a bold, contemporary statement. 

This hand-brushed aluminum front, paired with a metal countertop, feels surprisingly warm and textured. 

This hand-brushed aluminum front, paired with a metal countertop, feels surprisingly warm and textured. 

Note Design Studio

Multidisciplinary, forward-thinking, Stockholm–based Note Design Studio blends traditional, Scandinavian elements with a functional, human-centered approach in FRAME. "Our ambition was to create a kitchen that felt like something we could actually use ourselves," explain the designers. "There is so much going on in the kitchen—we wanted to keep the backdrop simple, elegant, and easy on the eye."

The panels are made from solid oak wood, which the designers explain is much stronger than veneer sheets, and perfect for the wear-and-tear of the most used room in the house. 

The panels are made from solid oak wood, which the designers explain is much stronger than veneer sheets, and perfect for the wear-and-tear of the most used room in the house. 

Designed as "push to open," all of the fronts and drawers can also be purchased with handles. 

Designed as "push to open," all of the fronts and drawers can also be purchased with handles. 

FRAME comes in one "frame" and three different colors: dark oak, blue, and a classic white.  

FRAME comes in one "frame" and three different colors: dark oak, blue, and a classic white.