The country house style is dead, long live the country house style! While one puzzles in this country whether country house kitchens have fallen victim to modern purism, this look is experiencing one in our neighboring countries multifaceted reinvention of traditional and modern furnishing elements. The country house style is more diverse than it is often said – this can be seen in France alone, where two completely different orientations coexist. The decisive components: history and environmental influences.
Who wants to know what the French country style , of all places, you will find what you are looking for in the Thai capital Bangkok. “Le Normandy“This is the name of an award-winning, two-Michelin-starred restaurant on the top floor of the posh Mandarin Oriental Hotelswhich offers a spectacular view of the Chao Praya River. The “River of Kings” meanders like a lifeline across the busy quarters and luxurious skyscrapers of the metropolis. Up here at “Le Normandie” you are not only physically far away from honking rickshaw drivers, haggling market people, noise and exhaust fumes. The luxurious world of exquisite culinary delights and the finest tableware begins with the thickly quilted carpet at the entrance to the restaurant, which swallows every sound and turns it into padded pomp French nobility kidnapped.
The country house style cannot be pigeonholed – especially not in France
Normandy is extremely glamorous here. Lush flower arrangements in pot-bellied glass vases, glittering chandeliers, heavy marble table tops and thickly upholstered seats made of fine velor combine to create one highly elegant picture together, which is supposed to represent Normandy – on behalf of France – far away from home. But: neither the country house style nor Normandy can be integrated into one, and certainly not into this one, Put a drawer.
It starts with the fact that Normandy is so very different in character than its sisterly part dreamy Provence. Rugged cliffs, a rough Atlantic wind and long stretches of uninhabited prairie with lonely grazing sheep have you wilder, more original country house style Made room as is the case in lovely Provence with its warm Mediterranean climate and swaying lavender fields. The round, soft, playful country style, which is often associated with France, sometimes looks very different in Normandy.
Rustic instead of dreamy: the country house style in Normandy
The two styles of the country house have at most the characteristic ones in common Frame fronts, the Cabinet-like glazed wall cabinets and the tendency towards homely equipment in the kitchen, which also differs significantly from other kitchen styles in this country. However, the further north the country house style is, the more so more rustic he will. The region likes that historical past which was once occupied by Vikings (“Nor-Mannen”) and later subjugated what is now Great Britain as King of England under William the Conqueror. Anglo-Scandinavian influences can still be found today in the furnishing style of Normandy, including in the kitchen.
Instead of bright colors, floral patterns and soft cotton textilesthat make the country house style of Provence appear playful and sensual Chrome-plated, heavy kitchen appliances, dark wood, copper-colored kitchen utensils and elements of industrial style in Normandy. The country house style sometimes resonates with “shabby chic”, which relies on furniture that is deliberately trimmed to look old.
That creates a folkloric image that on Simplicity and Craft puts. The focus is on wood, which is stained, sandblasted and painted in color. Country-style kitchens are often the colorful focal point of an apartment, in which artisan cheese and simple cider are served instead of truffles and seafood. Light blue, apple green or dark gray are the traditional country style kitchens that can easily be combined with modern stainless steel applications.
Traditional and new elements combined: copper, wood and steel
Massive Cooking stations, which combine oven and hob and are equipped with chrome-plated bars, cast-iron doors and ring-studded gas hobs, form the mighty heart of these country kitchens. They come from French manufacturers such as La Cornue or Lacanchewho make each device to measure and by hand. Each unique item shows the love for craftsmanship and detail, which can also be found in the room environment of the Norman kitchen – even in the modern versions. Fronts and table legs are still popular elaborately carved patterns decorated, while the pendant lamp dangling above is made of matt black steel surprisingly puristic shines.
The Contrast between old and new, lush and modest, rustic and homely in the Norman country house style invites you to individual realization. Modern designs of country kitchens tend to be binding Elements made of copper one whose reddish shimmering surface can be used particularly attractively with dark lacquered frame fronts. Also tinted glass, glazed back wall tiles in the manner of metro tiles and Filigree shelves made of black powder-coated steel struts adapt to the rustic look of the Norman country house style and bring it out of its traditional immersion. Nevertheless, typical materials of the country house style remain like Ceramic, lacquer and of course wood preserved.
The country house style in other European countries: maximally changeable
The high potential for transformation of the country house style may also be the reason why this style will continue to exist in the future alongside the purist kitchens currently planned with preference. While in this country one likes to ask, “whether the country house style is still popular“, You just have to look at our neighboring countries: the english country style is considered cozy and stylish, the french country style depending on the region as elegant and splendid or as urban and rustic. And the Scandinavian kitchen stylethat is often imitated as “Scandi-Chic” in this country too? Is nothing more than one more minimalistic form of the country house style, in which the fine lines of the frame fronts are indicated and visible features such as bow handles or flourishes in favor of one slim, handleless version disappear.
Incidentally, this also closes the historical circle around the former settlement of Normandy: even in the French eat-in kitchen you can still find them today Influences from Scandinavia and England again.
The future of the country house kitchen: important in times of “cocooning”
The question remains, where is the modern country style will develop. The signs of the times are rising Cosiness: 2020 was considered to be the year of “Cocoonings” called out; a term that describes how homely we make ourselves at home when uncertainty and stress dominate our everyday life in front of the door. The kitchen space is increasingly considered to be Anchor point, in whose comfortable zone we withdraw and can be completely ourselves.
This joins in increased use of visible wooden elements in the kitchen, which is more Cosiness and warmth in a puristic kitchen world made of stone, glass, lacquer and steel. The 2020/21 trade fair outlook reveals that especially dark woods on the advance in the open kitchen and living room. Normandy shows how to use these in a rustic manner.
The classy drawer in which the luxury hotel Mandarin Oriental puts the French country house style is still open. But besides there is many more drawersto be discovered. Sometimes you have to go further away to see something up close.