Kitchen of the Week: The Curtained Kitchen, Dutch Modern Edition

Curtains are not an easy call in the kitchen. Certainly, they are a quick DIY alternative to cabinet fronts. And they hide your assets. But a skirted sink may seem kitsch. But not in the hands of Christien Starkenburg.

A Dutch interior designer who wears many hats, Starkenburg has his own business, Interieur-Plus, as well as a furniture workshop, SlowWood. And she is the artistic director and fourth generation owner (with her brother, Henk) of Jan de Jong, an emporium of interiors at Scandi in Leeuwarden, capital of Friesland, which her family opened in 1899. Thanks to Starkenburg, the company has one of the most beautiful kitchens around, and these humble curtains make it particularly memorable.

Photograph of Anna de Leeuw, courtesy of Jan de Jong Interieur.

The kitchen is located in a section of the three-story Jan de Jong complex, which for decades has been used as accommodation by various family members. Need an update, it was dismantled on beams and reinvented by Starkenburg as Interior-Plus & # 8
Above: The kitchen is located in a section of the three-story Jan de Jong complex, which for decades has been used as accommodation by various family members. In need of an update, it was dismantled to the beams and reinvented by Starkenburg as an intimate workplace of Interieur-Plus, furnished with a mixture of its own creations and pieces directly from the Jan sales floor. de Jong.
The new open layout revolves around a kitchen with a tight palette of white, charcoal and pale gray offset by pale oak from Starkenburg & # 8
Above: The new open plan layout revolves around a kitchen with a tight palette of white, charcoal and pale gray offset by the pale oak of Starkenburg’s SlowWood designs and the soft curtains. Presented here, the Grut 8 Oval oak table by SlowWood surrounded by standard Jean Prouvé chairs in plywood and powder-coated steel.
The stained wood cabinets with cutting drawers are crowned by a concrete counter which has been poured on site. The handmade backsplash tiles are made by local tile specialists from Friesland Albarello. As for the curtains, they & # 8
Above: The stained wood cabinets with cutting drawers are crowned by a concrete counter poured on site. The handmade backsplash tiles are made by local tile specialists from Friesland Albarello. As for the curtains, they are 100% linen and hide shelves lined with pots and pans. Linen, Starkenburg points out, is “both soft and resistant”; woven from linen, it is biodegradable, naturally wrinkled and gives, she says, “a sense of life”. (Learn more about linen in our object lesson.)
  The adjustable wall lights are French classics by Lampe Gras.
Above: The adjustable wall lights are French classics by Lampe Gras.
The curtains have a simple gathered top and can be easily removed for washing. Like linen, marbled concrete balances the otherwise straight lines of design.
Above: The curtains have a simple gathered top and can be easily removed for washing. Like linen, marbled concrete balances the otherwise straight lines of design.

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