Ultramodern kitchen design takes the clean lines and sleek minimalism for which the style has become known into a room which, at its heart, must be functional. In an ultramodern kitchen, expect to see a clean separation of materials be that stone and wood, glass and steel, or high gloss plastic.
Here high gloss plastic cupboard fronts give way to stainless steel appliance covers. Note the wooden floorboards giving way to marble; the merest hint of an organic texture.
Image: Bozhinovski Design
You’d be forgiven for imagining that wood is not the first choice for material when considering the ultramodern design style. A traditional style kitchen, for example in the farmhouse style, would feature wood used in what can be considered an antithesis of ultramodern. It might be for this reason that some imagine wood as traditional and mid-century rather than ultramodern.
What wood can bring to ultramodern design is not always about natural organic grain or warmth. Often it is shape, feel or just simple practicality that makes wood an option for ultramodern design.
Using Wood for Shape in Ultramodern Kitchen Design
Shape is everything here. Juxtaposition of surface angles with a standout grain pattern of wood is a spectacular effect
With the range of timbers available and comparative ease of bespoke manufacture, wood can work well when creating a shaped ultramodern design. Large panels of wood can be made and even altered on site, making this a highly flexible material.
Using Wood for Tone in Ultramodern Design
This two tone kitchen using light and dark wooden tones with a metal “bridge” of worktop. Embedded blue lighting coming off the polished metal and tile floor enhances the warmth of the wood wonderfully.
Image : Zillow
Tone can be all important with this type of design. Under use of tone can lead to a sterile and over minimal feel. Where heavily grained wood is used, other surfaces can be plain and unassuming which adds to the minimalistic effect. Wood, even when barely grained, can give a welcome change of tone to the eye. Light source becomes important here with less being more; think about only lighting the areas required (work areas) but be careful of creating an overly “zoned” effect unless your design calls for it.
Wood for Practicality in Ultramodern Design
Concealed wine storage, clever design and good use of the malleability of wood; this would be harder to do in other materials
Image: Eric Kant
Sometimes you will need a material that can be cut, shaped, and attached with ease. Wood offers these advantages and can help make the area highly useable. A well thought out kitchen space will enhance the process of using it to cook in, as well as being stunning to look at.
Wood can give both the designer and client a great deal of options for their ultra-modern kitchen design. These examples are just some of the creative ways in which wood can be used in ultra-modern kitchen design. Of course it’s important to remember that whilst tone and shape are important elements in any design the kitchen is a place of constant activity and movement, so usability and ergonomics are crucial.
About the Author: Jon Buck has been managing director at Bordercraft for nearly twenty years. During this time he has overseen projects from a single drawer front through to a complete Oak panelled office for a Japanese multi-national corporation. Jon is a keen runner and loves travel and red wine in equal measure. You can connect with Jon at Bordercraft on Facebook.