Back in the 70’s, when we were taking architecture courses, we came across Louis Sullivan’s phrase, “Form follows function”. Since we’ve always admired alliteration, that maxim has stuck in our minds, especially after reading a blog from one of our friends at Medallion Cabinetry, Gail Schwartz.
Gail authored a very perceptive blog about Hygge (ˈh(y)o͞oɡə,ˈho͝oɡə/) that is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as “a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture).”
Is that a perfect definition for a kitchen, or what?
Gail writes for an international audience and we primarily serve SW Montana/NW Wyoming, so how does this concept apply to our home turf. As it works out, it’s pretty similar. But why?
A report commissioned by the City of Bozeman (Authored by Economic & Planning Systems, Inc.) had this to say, “When a large portion of an area’s population growth comes from migration, it is a strong indicator that the region has a dynamic economy and is a desirable place to live. Nearly three-quarters of Gallatin County’s population growth is from people moving there. While there were many residents moving from other areas in Montana, such as the greater Missoula area, there were also many residents that moved from the Front Range of Colorado, The Pacific Northwest, and California’s Bay area.”
So what does this have to do with Hygge? Quite a bit.
We have seen a difference in design preference from long-standing Montana residents (think, Ranch/Lodge Style) to new residents from Colorado, Pacific Northwest, and California Bay Area (think, Transitional and Modern Style. Our architect and designer friends have also been creating interesting fusions between the two styles.
Here is an excellent example of how this trend manifests itself.
This kitchen beautifully combines elements from a number of influences. The lines of the cabinetry, hardware, and flooring are minimalist and modern, while the finish is rustic. The pale blue backsplash subtly introduces another component of the color story, as well as traditional geometry. Make note of the small, hand-woven rug that ties it all together, even incorporating the dusty rose cushion in the breakfast nook.
The stainless steel appliances, faucets, and service pieces almost disappear into the design. The faux elk antler breakfast nook table is an excellent addition to the style-fusion.
We’ll let you enjoy the other images from this design without comment. Definitely a Haven of Hygge.
If this style speaks to you, we would be happy to help you make this, or your other ideas, a reality.