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Kitchen of the week: Katrin Arens Design in Sardinia with 250 year old wood Home Renovation

We are supporters of the German designer Katrin Arens, an Italian-based master of old and new, for some time. Arens, who is both a furniture and interior designer by profession, has been revitalizing the throwing of materials with her furniture, kitchen and object designs for more than 20 years – long before the trend towards waste wood began to emerge.

Today we present a kitchen that Arens designed for her favorite customers: a Florentine family, producer of wine and olive oil in Tuscany, with whom Arens has been working for almost 15 years. (“They want individual solutions and fully trust my designs – so they’re the perfect customer,” she says.) Arens used original wood from one for the family holiday home in Sardinia, which offers a panoramic view of the port of Porto Cervo Reconstruction of the 1768 Angelo Mai library in Bergamo, near Milan. After minimal treatment, she combined it with stainless steel and new wood, as required for a practical, eye-catching design that could not be achieved in any other way.

Photo of Michele BrancaCourtesy of Katrin Arens.

The finished kitchen with cabinet fronts made of 0 year old larch wood (larch wood is known for its durability and water resistance).
Above: The finished kitchen with cupboard fronts made from 250 year old larch wood (larch wood is known for its durability and water resistance).
Above: The old wood was treated minimally: “We only cleaned and brushed it and treated it with some natural wax,” says Arens.
Above: Woodworking is typically hampered by the expansion, contraction, and general movement of the wood over time – a problem that is resolved when using wood that is 250 years old: “The old wood stops moving,” says Arens. “It’s totally dry and perfect.”

Another advantage of using old wood? His character. “Even in the new use, you can see the life of the previous story,” says Arens.

Behind the sink there is a stainless steel clothes horse, a slot for cutting boards and two caddies for kitchen utensils.
Above: Behind the sink there is a stainless steel clothes horse, a slot for cutting boards and two caddies for kitchen utensils.
A compost bin and caddies for cooking utensils are provided with special wooden details.
Above: A compost bin and caddies for cooking utensils are provided with special wooden details.
Another option for homeowners: an interchangeable knife stand made of new wood.
Above: Another option for the homeowner: a replaceable knife stand made of new wood.
The oven and the three-part hob come from the Italian brand Alpes Inox. (For more information, see 7 high quality Italian kitchen programs.)
Above: The oven and the three-part hob are from an Italian brand Alpes Inox, (For more information, see 7 high quality Italian kitchen programs.)
Cabinet and drawer boxes are made of new wood, the precious, 0 year old larch wood is used for the faces.
Above: Cabinet and drawer boxes are made of new wood, the valuable, 250-year-old larch wood is used for the faces.
Above: The kitchens from Arens are completely customer-specific and contain storage solutions that have been individually adapted for each customer. Here a cutlery drawer, which is stowed in a lower drawer, has 10 compartments for cutlery of different sizes.
Compared to the utility rooms, Arens designed a built-in cupboard and a storage room at the opposite height.
Above: Compared to the utility rooms, Arens designed a built-in cupboard and a bench with storage space at the opposite height.

You can find more information on the subject of kitchen design in our section “Remodeling 101: Kitchens” with information on the storage and organization of kitchens, sinks and taps as well as areas and stoves. More solutions for home in wood can be found at:

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