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This Serene Home Is the Perfect Mix of Scandinavian Simplicity and Nordic Craftsmanship

published Aug 23, 2019
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Kine Ask Stenersen and Kristoffer Eng, and our two boys Vilmer and Artur
Drammen, Norway
1615 square feet

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Kine Ask Stenersen and Kristoffer Eng built their first kitchen in their first apartment, years ago. Kine, an environmental geographer (who’s also into interior design) and Kristoffer, an architect, were interested in sustainable renovation solutions, and fell in love with bamboo as a sustainable and beautiful building material. After creating kitchens and furniture for themselves over the years (and this “hobby” slowly taking over their home and life after taking on projects for other people), the couple founded Ask og Eng in 2016.

They work together to create and produce beautiful furniture pieces, shelving, and kitchen elements (like doors that work with IKEA kitchens) out of bamboo and other sustainable materials. And they do it all while embracing Scandinavian simplicity and Nordic craftsmanship. The Norway home they share with their two sons isn’t just a beautiful space, it’s also a showroom for their design philosophies.

Describe your home’s decor style in 5 words: Relaxing, contemporary, natural, organic and minimal.

What’s the most recent thing you’ve bought for your home? We recently built ourselves a new bamboo kitchen and we got ourselves a new chair from Kovac Family.

What’s your favorite thing about your home? My favorite thing about our home is its location on top of a hill that gives us quite a nice view. And I would say our bamboo kitchen, which is the best example of how our personal passion for creating sustainable furniture for ourselves came to be something more than a leisure activity.

What’s your least favorite thing about your home? The hallway—we hardly have one.

How does your home reflect the region you live in? We live in a very traditional and typical house for this region—a house from the 1930s and made out of wood.

What’s your best small space trick? Use sliding doors that can close and open up the space and build a whole wall unit with lots of storage in it, like we did in our home office.

What’s the one thing that makes your space feel like home? My family, and all of our self-made bamboo furniture that of course is very special to me.

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