Come with us on a tour of Søren Garde's kitchen. Garde, the founder of Copenhagen-based firm Garde Hvalsøe, devised a compact, black-and-oak culinary space in his turn-of-the-century Copenhagen apartment. 

In Garde Hvalsøe’s Dinesen line, both the cabinet bodies and drawers are solid wood.

The cabinets and island base are clad in black linoleum, and the countertops are stainless steel.

The kitchen faucet is by Dutch brand Quooker; it streams cold, hot, and boiling water from the same tap.

The finger joints visible on the drawer fronts are machine cut by a woodworker.

The back wall between the cabinets is painted black, making “a backsplash-like function that is easy to clean.”

Lundh Aagaard’s philosophy on maintaining stainless steel countertops: “The more scratches, the better,” he says. He tells clients that it takes a few years for stainless countertops to take on the right amount of wear.

The dining table by Swedish designer Bruno Mathsson is surrounded by Hans Wegner Wishbone chairs.