Up by Reform Sustainable High-Quality Kitchen by Jeppe Christensen and Michael Andersen

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Up by Reform

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Sustainable High-Quality Kitchen

INSPIRATION:
Reform's founders had a big wish to offer a sustainable kitchen design. Therefore, they teamed up with Danish Lendager Group - one of the leading architecture companies when it comes to circular economics in sustainable buildings around the world and offers an innovative approach to sustainable architecture and explores new business models where there is an increased focus on creating a regenerative design.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
For many people, the heart of the home is the kitchen, but its design is often an afterthought - and so is sustainability. Reform wants to change that. UP is a high-quality circular kitchen with surplus wood from the exclusive and world-renowned flooring manufacturer Dinesen. Reform is a smarter way to build a kitchen. The dimensions of our design fit IKEA kitchen measures and make it possible to combine the best of two worlds. Small changes make it all. Rebuild with sustainability.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Reform makes it possible for everyone to have a sustainable kitchen without compromising aesthetic. Reform don't necessarily want people to throw out their old kitchen and buy a new; Reform is a smarter way to build a kitchen. You can change your used fronts and countertop with sustainable solutions which make it possible to combine the best of two worlds. Small changes make it all. Rethink what you already have and rebuild it with good materials and sustainable, longlasting solutions.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
UP design was finished in 2018

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
A minimalistic design in solid wood with respect for materials and our environment. UP is a high-quality circular kitchen with surplus wood from the exclusive and world-renowned flooring manufacturer Dinesen. It’s a kitchen inspired by the classic craftsman kitchens. It is aesthetic, but at the same time helping to solve existing global issues. In UP, the natural qualities and recycling possibilities of materials have been essential to the design. Lendager Group has designed a kitchen where, in a unique collaboration with Dinesen, it uses the floor producer's surplus tree. In an exclusive company like Dinesen, customer-specific solutions are produced, which generates large amounts of residual wood. The kitchen consists of cuts that are left when Dinesen has supplied floors to galleries, restaurants, mansions and the like. It is those pieces that we are able to give new life. There will always be excuses, even though that tree is one of the things that has undergone one of the most exclusive processes you can imagine. Since 1898, the Danish family business Dinesen has been driven by the passion for wood and respect for nature. For four generations it has been about wood in the best quality and good craftsmanship when providing plank floors to unique customers; Each individual plank goes through 20 hands on its way through production to ensure quality. Dinesen select trees which are between 80 and 200 years old and hand-picked based on their structure and dimensions to ensure each tree is the finest nature can produce. Reform's founders are very proud to be a part of the wave offering sustainable solutions in the design- and architect business, that supports the environment with a timeless, thoughtful and longlasting choice for the kitchen. The upcycled kitchen is made of solid, reclaimed Douglas fir from Dinesen; Dinesen Offcuts - processed by Lendager Group. The fronts: The boards are 13-15 cm wide and vary in width from front to front to ensure minimal waste. The fronts are finished with light oil from Junckers. Variation in grain, color, and shine can be expected as this is a natural, reclaimed material. These subtle differences contribute to the unique nature of this design, and bring out the organic nature of the material. All wood changes when exposed to UV light, and the Douglas fir used here will turn greyer as time goes by. It can take approximately 9–12 months before the wood settles to its final color, depending on light intensity and wood type. We use the same wax that Dinesen does to repair any holes, cracking, or other small irregularities. The countertop: The tops are composed of 13-15 cm wide Dinesen boards that have been glued together. The worktops are 23 mm thick, and the maximum length possible for the worktops is 4.500 mm, and the maximum width possible is 1.100 mm. The edge is even with a radius of 1 mm on all sides. The countertop will be surface-treated with white oil.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
The dimensions of each of our doors, tracks, panels, holes and screws follow those of IKEA, making them endlessly compatible.

TAGS:
Sustainable, design, upcycling, kitchen, IKEA, Danish, longlasting,

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
UP is a minimalistic kitchen inspired by the classic craftsman kitchens. In UP, the natural qualities and recycling possibilities of materials have been essential to the design. Reform is making a great effort in every single detail of our design to match the user and the environment.

CHALLENGE:
We are living a busy life and in the bigger cities, we are moving from one apartment to another. We are often looking for easy and quick solutions when it come to the kitchen, which makes sustainability and great design an afterthought. With UP design, you get all-in-one.

ADDED DATE:
2019-02-28 13:36:55

TEAM MEMBERS (3) :
Brand: Reform, Architect and designer: Lendager Group and Material: Dinesen

IMAGE CREDITS:
Reform

Visit the following page to learn more: https://www.reformcph.com/en/design/up-lendag er-group/
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PROFILE:
Each of our kitchen collections is developed in Copenhagen in collaboration with some of the most interesting and internationally acclaimed designers. Together we challenge conformity, explore the culture and inspire new perspectives on how we live and work in our kitchen spaces. We innovate through form and functionality by experimenting with and combining new as well as traditional materials and methods that fit the needs of our time.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Up by Reform Sustainable High-Quality Kitchen by Jeppe Christensen and Michael Andersen is a Nominee in Sustainable Products, Projects and Green Design Category.

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Up by Reform Sustainable High-Quality Kitchen by Jeppe Christensen and Michael Andersen is Winner in Sustainable Products, Projects and Green Design Category, 2018 - 2019.



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