Our partner Frako recently took care of an assignment that focused on the residents' love of wood. This newly built home boasts a warm interior that owes much to the consistent use of walnut veneer. The different rooms contribute to an overarching narrative full of distinctive details. We are happy to present the result to you.
Why sacrifice luxury for homeliness? For these clients, wood was an important requirement for feeling at home right from the start. Frako's team had no trouble dealing with that, as their choice of pure white walls throughout the building meant that the distinctive drawings of walnut veneer were shown off to their best advantage. It is no coincidence that this wood species was the preferred choice. Indeed, its timeless warmth and individuality ensure a lasting quality and appearance. By bringing together several natural materials into a balanced palette, the designers succeeded in developing a home that completely parallels the clients' wishes. At the same time, there is a clear consistency; an asset that relies largely on the recurring presence of wood. That is to say, it pops up in the kitchen in the form of wall cabinets and also enjoys an impactful position in the living room and office. However, the success of this project goes beyond that. In the living space, you first pay attention to the distinct spiral staircase, complete with curved yet modern shapes. More subtle elements also await you, such as the graphic details in the floor that are the result of top-level customisation. In addition, the open layout of this area guarantees a cosy family life. The kitchen island invites a moment of togetherness every day. It was also important for the residents to have enough square metres at their disposal. In this respect, you certainly do not want to miss the utility room, as it houses extra supplies to prepare a real feast. Another advantage is that in every space, you can be confident that a minimalist look was the end goal, judging from, for example, the absent handles, various seamless integrations, and hidden appliances.
Why sacrifice luxury for homeliness?
The spacious house features a kitchen, utility room and two bathrooms. In the largest one, microtopping offered the desired finish for the floor and wall cabinet. Essential was that the residents would experience continuous serenity here, and this is undoubtedly the case. By contrast, one wall was deliberately given a more striking look and that through an expressive natural stone in a warm hue. In the second bathroom, the designers looked for a white cabinet that would make the most of the incoming light, as well as black tiles that manage to contrast nicely with it. Yet you have to look elsewhere for the most exciting element of this commission: the wine cellar. The residents wanted to give their large collection a stylish place that at the same time provided a clear overview. Again, you see wood returning here, this time in combination with authentic-looking niches and space for tastings.
Although this is a new-build project, the residents enjoy a homely atmosphere that suggests they have been making this place their own for years. Thanks in part to their loyalty to warm woods, with Frako's help they obtained a new home that perfectly embodies what they were looking for.
Photography by Evenbeeld