Dutch interior design practice DAB Studio transformed the kitchen of a home in Zwaag, Netherlands, by covering the floor and ceiling in one type of wood and the walls and cabinets in another.
DAB Studio aimed to create a “tranquil yet soulful” interior with an earthy color palette consisting of tan and neutral shades.
The floors and ceilings were clad in hand-hewn oak with a smoked and black oil finish, arranged in a plank pattern.
Afromosia wood, a tropical hardwood native to West Africa, was used for the walls and cabinetry. The wood is quarter-sawn to create a decorative grain pattern, adding a playful touch to the interior.
Lotte and Dennis Bruns, co-founders of DAB Studio, designed the interior to create a space that balances “feminine and masculine elements” and reflects the design preferences of both owners.
According to the duo, repeating the wood selection on different surfaces gives the space a sense of completion.
“At the client’s request, we wanted to fuse the feminine and masculine visions of the new home, balancing each other in one carefully chosen space,” the co-founders told Dezeen. .
“This allowed us to create unique areas tailored to the client’s habits and interests, while giving the space a sense of spaciousness and lightness.”
“We felt it was important to prioritize a theme of consistency to unify all elements of the design,” they added.
“For special reasons, the wood on the floor is repeated on the ceiling, and the wood used for the furniture continues into the walls of the room.”
The focal point of the kitchen is the island, which features Afromosia wood cabinet doors and a waterfall countertop made of Arevescato Orobico marble.
A marble worktop sits above wooden cabinets along one wall of the kitchen, extending to one side to frame the unit.
DAB Studio added a dining nook under the window, creating a naturally light-filled space for family gatherings.
Rounded seating wraps around three walls in the corner. The base of the seat is covered in the same wood as the interior walls, and the seat and backrest are covered in luxurious upholstery.
In the center of the nook is a rectangular table with two blocky legs made of Alevescato Orobico marble, contrasting with the round seating.
“The dining corner is a place where families can spend time together, welcome new conversations and create core memories,” said Lotte and Dennis Brands.
“The asymmetrical built-in banquette seating has attractive rounded edges that add a dynamic feel to the space.”
Decorative items and freestanding furniture were introduced into the interior to add more rounded elements, such as the Wiggle chair by Frank Gehry.
Elsewhere in the Netherlands, François Verhoeven Architects created a bungalow clad in vertical timber slats, and Julia van Beuningen renovated a barn and added plywood stairs.
Photographed by Daniel Siobhan.