minimal design, simple furniture

Colour-block kitchens by Dries Otten

Dries Otten is a furniture designer, interior architect and scenographer based in Belgium (not to be confused with fashion designer Dries van Noten…). His latest designs include these two graphically-inspired, colour-block kitchens – the first is a retro design for a family kitchen in a new airframe home in Rotterdam, featuring Polish pine, vibrant mint, dusky pink and neon orange paint, plywood and laminate.

The second kitchen is a renovation of an old schoolhouse along the Auwegemvaart in Mechelen, Belgium. Birch plywood cupboards wrap around the corner of the white space, combining kitchen, desk space and bookcase into one smooth block, uninterrupted except for a blue box and vivid green laminate sink. I love his bold use of colour and collaging of different materials, transforming the dull and everyday into something that looks almost like a modernist painting.

Dries Otten kitchen

Dries Otten’s design for a family kitchen in a new airframe home

Dries Otten kitchen
Dries Otten kitchen

Dries Otten kitchen

Dries Otten’s renovation of a loft in an old schoolhouse along the Auwegemvaart in Mechelen

Dries Otten kitchen
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6 Comments

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  2. I love his mix & match style! It symbolizes what Belgian design stands for: not a clearly defined image but a mix of various styles, materials and colors.

    Btw, thank you for introducing me to Dries Otten – he just gained a fan 😉

  3. I love the colour and slim-line frames on this kitchen design. Especially with the little lower shelf for placing loved small items which are often difficult to place! We’re in the process of starting to think about our new kitchen design but fearing we’ll only be able to buy off-the-peg units!

    • Thanks Hilary, it’s also got a mid-century vibe hasn’t it 🙂 also, look out for another post next week about transforming bog standard ikea units with different doors and accessories, could be right up your street x

      • Hilary says

        Oh wow that’s perfect! In our last house we did a wrap around wood top which went down to the floor to disguise our IKEA units and make them seem more bespoke but looking for the next step now to something more individual. Will await your blog piece with impatience! Have a great week 🙂

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