curved craftsmanship

A Parisian Kitchen

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that the kitchen is the heart of a home, which certainly rings true for this meticulously crafted gem, fitted in a bijou apartment in Paris. Using arching lines as a design cue, the design specialists at Obumex have created a sculpturally inviting space where form and function intertwine, broadening the relatively small dimensions of the room by playing with spatial perspectives.




island’s grey ocean travertine counter bears a kidney-shape that asserts the curved form as a leading design component, while hand-carved cabinetry crafted from eucalyptus with a smoked wood veneer adds additional warmth and texture. Two arched wooden cupboards reiterate the curved motif while maximizing space and light by concealing the fridge, oven and wine chiller.




the island, three hand-blown glass ‘Shadow’ pendant lamps by luxury Czech lighting brand, Brokis, are set at different levels, drawing the eye up for a sense of height.




remains a priority throughout, with additional space available within the curved island and on streamlined shelves below the sink. There are also two ‘nooks’ discreetly hidden from view behind the façade of the far wall’s arch, extending a purist style to every inch of this contemporary kitchen.




travertine has been expertly treated with a matching waterproof grey plaster to ensure the stone’s longevity and durability. The backsplash, made of the same travertine, is supported by a brass profile, lending an added dose of detail and luxury.





section view of the kitchen demonstrates how every corner  has been thoughtfully designed to offer a sense of softness and flow, while maintaining a focus on a clean, uncluttered design. This visual journey extends to the cupboard drawers, whose smooth, hand-carved silhouettes meticulously echo the arc of the island in a triumph of craftsmanship.




as another guiding design principle, is further explored in the connecting high-ceilinged living room where minimalist furniture riffs off the rich shapes and textures in the kitchen. Separating the two areas is a hand-carved wooden door and frame, adding tonal depth and texture to an otherwise soft neutral palette. Aware of the lack of direct natural light, the team managed to retain two of the kitchen’s original windows, one offering a view of the client’s office, the other overlooking the apartment’s main staircase and large window, creating a passageway of light that illuminates the entire cooking area.



Kitchen Design / Manufacture: Obumex

Photography: Eugeen Verne



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