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Kitchen and art by the rushing brook

Miss Dr. Stöwing is a strong personality. This is also reflected in her extravagant apartment, which takes us back to the 19th century in the most modern way. The doctor lives in a former mill, which provides an exciting backdrop for her art and antiques collection. The studio kücheundraum was awarded the contract for the sophisticated kitchen planning in Ulm – an ordinary kitchen would not have done justice to this ambience. Our kitchen of the month of June.

Kitchen planning in Ulm: between art, antiques and nature

When we talk about an apartment and individual rooms, we think of Dr. Stöwing’s difficult at home. Let’s call it a stylish idyll, consisting of fine furniture and art objects that have been collected with passion over the years and have now found their new place between the top walls of a former mill.

The central area of ​​the cozy home consists of a very large and impressively high room with old, rustic beams and a wide glass front that offers a view of an equally wide, expansive roof terrace with friendly, cheeky red metal furniture. From there you have a clear view of the stream, trees and the populated hills of the small town, which is surrounded by wonderful nature reserves.

Exciting contrasts in a stylish symbiosis: Biedermeier meets modern times

Miss Dr. Stöwing’s enthusiasm for exquisite unique items from the Biedermeier era – the epoch of Georg Büchner, Franz Grillparzer and Heinrich Heine – has been with her for almost her entire life. “When I grow up, I want to have something like that too,” she said to her mother at the age of 14 when they were standing in front of a Biedermeier secretary in an antique shop. While she tells us about her furniture, which for her is “almost like children”, she gently strokes the intensely grained veneers of her round dining table. It is precisely these woods that give such objects, in addition to their simple elegance, something extremely lively and cozy at the same time.

A minimalist green glass kitchen in the realm of antiques - the well-known saying “opposites attract".  (Photo: Thomas Neumann)
A minimalist green glass kitchen in the realm of antiques – the well-known saying “opposites attract” is true here. (Photo: Thomas Neumann)

As in the 19th century, when Biedermeier furniture appeared, Dr. Stöwing’s “retreat into the private sphere” played an important role. She likes to be at home and of course wants to feel as comfortable as possible in her domicile – regardless of whether it is a cozy get-together with a nice visit or the social rest phase that everyone needs. In order to counteract a museum-like heaviness with so much antiquity, the art lover skillfully sets modern accents with the latest upholstery fabrics, pillows and the like.

Extravagant kitchen planning in Ulm: ocean-green glass kitchen by Valcucine

The most sensational contrast to the past is the very modern, minimalist kitchen by Valcucine. In the Ulm studio kücheundraum, the customer found the ideal partner for planning a kitchen room that can meet the sophisticated ambience of the property at eye level. The planning team around owner Irmgard Silberbaur created a free-standing, ocean-green matt glass cube with a stove and sink as the center of the kitchen area.

Kitchen planning in Ulm in an old mill.  (Photo: Thomas Neumann)
The ocean-green glass kitchen by Valcucine forms the impressive focal point of the extravagant kitchen planning in Ulm. (Photo: Thomas Neumann)

Exciting contrast: the matching color kitchen wall with integrated combi steamer, refrigerator and the necessary storage space has a smooth, reflective glass surface. This takes away its dominance, it gains lightness and makes the cooking area appear even larger. In addition, the reflective surface creates an exciting play of light and shadow and skilfully integrates the sophisticated interior optically into the kitchen area through subtle reflections.

Minimalist kitchen design: purism as a stylistic device

When designing the kitchen, everything was reduced to a minimum. You don’t need handles for drawers here, even the dishwasher – well hidden in the kitchen island – opens when you knock. A downdraft fan, also known as a downdraft system, replaces the hoods, which were often conspicuously designed in the past, and thus frees up space for an imposing chandelier that was used in Dr. Stöwing adorned the living room ceilings and found its way into the kitchen area with the last move. It interrupts the clear structures in an exciting way, just like the monumental image of a young woman that is emblazoned on the wall next to it.

It’s good that Dr. Stöwing did not listen to the advice of her husband at the time to buy a “decent car” instead of the noble painting, we think of the unusual sight of a cooking area that charmingly and confidently flirts with its opposites.

Kitchen planning in Ulm with kücheundraum: unique items for body and soul

This project could almost be described as a home game for the kücheundraum studio, which has stood for sensual kitchen and living space planning in the heart of Ulm’s old town for over 30 years. As the studio name suggests, the planner and owner Irmgard Silberbaur never looks at the kitchen separately from the rest of the house, but always has the “big picture” in mind: With the highest demands on aesthetics, individuality and high quality, she creates kitchen spaces from Valcucine, LEICHT or selektionD that are as individual as the owners themselves and that unfold in perfect harmony with the surrounding interior.


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More insights into the shooting of the dreamy glass kitchen in the old mill? Photographer Thomas Neumann takes you behind the scenes. (Video: Thomas Neumann)

Upon request, the planning team from kücheundraum equips its customers’ living space with high-quality furniture and design objects from selected manufacturers such as Driade. The holistic planning competence is well received: the personal, individual consultation appointments are in great demand. You should therefore register your desired appointment time on the kücheundraum studio website or let yourself be inspired by the impressive references from kücheundraum while you are waiting on our studio detail page.

With the sophisticated glass kitchen by Valcucine in the extravagant home of its art-loving customer, the team from kücheundraum has created an impressive reference that shows how kitchen and living room merge into a stylish symbiosis. Whether Dr. Stöwing will find her grounding haven of calm to the hectic everyday life in this inspiring ambience? Without a doubt, we think.

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