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Rene Redzepi

COPENHAGEN

Part of a converted blacksmith’s in the Christianshavn neighbourhood of Copenhagen, the home of Rene Redzepi has much in common with the typically Nordic way the two Michelin star chef cooks. With its white plaster walls, extra-wide plank oak floors and heavily beamed ceilings, the rustic property is all about pure, honest design and high-quality raw materials.

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At the heart of this charming house, which he shares with his wife Nadine and family is the open-plan kitchen, complete with an original blacksmith’s furnace, which has since been converted in to an impressive fireplace. Carefully designed to host friends and family, the welcoming space feels less like a conventional kitchen and more like a comfortable living area.

Key to the relaxed vibe is the low-level, freestanding furniture, hand crafted entirely from Danish oak floorboards. Extra-long planks allow the wood grain to continue seamlessly along the length of the 18ft unit that runs across the entire width of the bright and airy kitchen, while natural oils were used to bring the wood grain to life.

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Carefully designed to host friends and family

The attention to detail doesn’t stop there; drawers are crafted so as to look as good on the inside as they do outside, some complete with bespoke inserts for the chef’s collection of handmade Japanese knives. A bespoke brass sink was treated with acid to create a rich patina, as was the boiling water tap, and even the metal casings of the ceiling lights were thrown onto a bonfire to create an aged look. Open shelving in the island unit houses stacks of crockery and glassware adding to the casual feel, while classic Wishbone chairs by Danish designer Hans J Wegner are tucked under the generous dining table.

Working in tandem with the simple yet elegant cabinetry are Electrolux Grand Cusine appliances, including a combination oven, induction zone hob and stand mixer. Having revolutionised the concept of the modern day kitchen, this design-led, state of the art culinary system was the obvious choice for a professional chef at home, and the result is a kitchen that not only looks exquisite but is highly efficient too.