At home with rich minimalism

08 novembre 2011

Denmark summer house outside © Mikkel Rahr Mortensen, Gitte Kjær

The intimate Danish summer house, designed by Mette and Martin Wienberg, is a rigorous play of light, material and volume. The design is simple and abstract; the hard lines of concrete and steel are tempered by the warmth of wood, and softened by leather and fur, white curtains, large windows, and soft lighting. The result is a sense of intimacy– a ‘warm cove’, beautiful, functional and cosy, where every family member can find their own space. It is unpretentious and simple, in harmony with tradition.

Wienberg family © Mikkel Rahr Mortensen, Gitte Kjær

“If you have quiet rooms, the views of the garden look almost like paintings,” Mette says.

Arper Catifa © Mikkel Rahr Mortensen, Gitte Kjær

This portrait of rich minimalism called for very particular furnishings. The chairs would be almost the only true furniture – repeated, in different settings, throughout the house. They should coexist peacefully with the design, while serving the varied needs of the family within.

Catifa were the perfect chairs. Sleek, clean, and flexible, they meld wood, concrete, leather and landscape and are completely at home.

Catifa chairs Denmark summer house© Mikkel Rahr Mortensen, Gitte Kjær

Kitchen with Catifa chairs© Mikkel Rahr Mortensen, Gitte Kjær

Living room view© Mikkel Rahr Mortensen, Gitte Kjær

Catifa chairs Home office © Mikkel Rahr Mortensen, Gitte Kjær

“We fell in love with furniture from Arper right away. The furniture has a kind personality…it is classic yet contemporary, it contains past, present and future. And it is comfortable. The contrast between the natural leather and the steel creates a balance that fits well in the design and atmosphere of our home. ,” says Mette Wienberg. “And,” she adds, “only really comfortable furniture was allowed.”

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