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Steal This Look: A Storage-Oriented Swedish Kitchen on a Budget, Ikea Included

Forstberg Ling Kitchen Detail

On Remodelista, we’ve featured this house in Sweden designed for librarian Maria Förstberg by her architect son, Björn Förstberg. The kitchen, made of humble materials such as plywood, stainless steel, and conventional tile, is full of smart, budget-oriented storage solutions. Here we dissect the kitchen and identify its key elements (bonus points: many are sourced from Ikea).

The Kitchen

House for Mother Plywood Open Shelves Kitchen Forstberg Ling
Above: Open shelves above the sink area create a still life opportunity.
House for Mother Plywood Open Shelves Kitchen Forstberg Ling
Above: A closer look at the prep areas.

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Materials

Osmo Polyx Oil Original Hardwax Oil
Above: The plywood in the kitchen is all finished with Osmo Polyx Oil Original Hardwax Oil; $143 on Amazon.
Osmo Polyx Professional Color Oil
Above: The darker plywood is stained with Osmo Polyx Professional Color Oil in Charcoal 5414; $19.95 for a 0.125 liter on Amazon.

Stainless Countertops Sheet Buttrick
Above: Countertops are custom in stainless steel with an integrated stainless steel kitchen sink. For more, see our posts Remodeling 101: Stainless Steel Countertops and 10 Easy Pieces: Stainless Steel Kitchen Sinks. Photograph of a thin stainless countertop by architect Jerome Buttrick.
White Square Tiles Matte
Above: Mimic the kitchen’s white tile with Daltile Semi-Gloss White Ceramic Wall Tile in 4 1/4-inch squares; $1.28 per square foot at the Home Depot. Pair it with dark grout for a similar look.

Faucets & Fixtures

Vola Kitchen Single-Handle Faucet
Above: The KV1 Single-Handle Faucet was designed by Arne Jacobsen for Vola. Contact Vola for pricing and information.

Budget Appliances

Ikea Sweden Granslos Wall Oven
Above: The wall oven is available only through Ikea in Sweden. It’s the Gränslos Oven is 3,795 Kr ($604) at Ikea. An oven with a similar look is the Bertazzoni 24-Inch Electric Wall Oven; $999 at US Appliance. An oven at a similar price is Ikea’s US oven, the Nutid Thermal Oven for $795.
Ikea Eldig Glass Ceramic Cooktop
Above: The Ikea Eldig Glass Ceramic Cooktop has four burners for $395.
Ikea Eventuell Built-In Extractor Hood in Stainless Steel
Above: The Eventuell Built-In Extractor Hood in stainless steel is $395 at Ikea.
Ikea Renlig Built-In Dishwasher in White
Above: The kitchen features an Ikea dishwasher hidden behind a plywood panel. The Renlig Built-in Dishwasher is $345 at Ikea.
Liebherr Undercounter Panel-Ready Refrigerator Drawer
Above: The refrigerator is the Liebherr Undercounter Panel-Ready Refrigerator Drawer, integrated into the kitchen island; $2,139 at US Appliance.

High-End Lighting

Wästberg Inga Sempe 3-Head Track Pendant Light
Above: The Wästberg Inga Sempe 3-Head Track Pendant Light is $2,400 CAD ($1,883) at Mjölk in Toronto.

Accessories

IKEA Kastrull Saucepan with Lid
Above: Ikea’s Kastrull Saucepan with Lid is made of enameled steel with a wooden handle; $19.99.
Ikea Knagglig Wood Box Crate
Above: Ikea’s Knagglig Wood Box Crate in pine is $4.99 for the smallest size.
Traditional Staffordshire Potteries Round White Teapot
Above: The Traditional Staffordshire Potteries Round White Teapot has a gloss glaze and is just £7 ($9) at David Mellor in the UK.
Ferm Living Buckle Jar in Rust
Above: Ferm Living’s Buckle Jar in Rust is €34 ($40).
Wine Punts Kelly Green Canisters
Above: The Wine Punts Kelly Green Canisters are made in Colorado from recycled wine bottles; starts at $13 for the smallest size at Heath Ceramics.
For more on the kitchen, see our post Kitchen of the Week: A Cost-Conscious Kitchen in Sweden.

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