Bench top is limestone from Kinnekulle in our county. Sink is made of porcelain or stone like Carrara marble. Classical Roma, a rustically stylish two grip tap, is brass or bronze.
real classic karleby
You need not travel far. Stora Ek in our parts of County Västergötland is one of the loveliest and best kept mansions in Sweden from the 18th century, a little castle on the threshold between the ornamented Rococo and the austere neoclassical era. This site served as a huge inspiration when we created our new Classic kitchen.
The manor itself dates back to the 15th century. Among the listed owners were nobility and royalty like King Karl XIV Johan. Today's mansion with wings, court and park were built in the 1760s by the Sheffer brothers, both Counts. Drawings and plans were signed by architects Carl Fredrik Adelcrantz and Jean Eric Rehn who also was a prestigious patternmaker. The kingdom's most skilled and experienced artisans and craftsmen took part.
Later Adelcrantz was appointed Superintendent of the Royal Castles, and led the work with building a new royal palace in Stockholm, a gigantic project that fuelled the Swedish 18th century cultural boom.
Under his supervision Lejonbacken on the north façade was finished with its vigilante lions cast in bronze. The entrance of Stora Ek is guarded by two lions in sandstone dreaming of days when free lions roamed the savannas of Västergötland.
King Gustav III was a frequent guest at Stora Ek. In one of the rooms his notably simple bed is left; the monarch slept here, and gave his lever, the traditional morning audience on the bedside.
Stora Ek is presently undergoing a gentle restoration. Kvänum had the honour of delivering and decorating the new kitchen. It is now mounted and fit. A real Classic has come home.
The combined pantry and scullery is spacious and practical with open shelves for storing last autumn's garden harvest.
Lovely limestone bench top with truncated corners and a fine drip groove. Limestone flooring.
It is called Frö, Seed, and offers a friendly grip. Our noble knob comes in brass or bronze with the choice of two sizes, the larger on an exquisite oval plate.
New antique stained oak shelf.
The antique stained work table in oak is a slender piece of furniture rather than a kitchen island. Worktop comes in marble from Italian Carrara, where once Swedish industrial spies and Ancient Greek Roman dreamers were cueing up on their grand tours, among them our old acquaintance Jean Eric Rehn.
real classic karleby
Real Classic is a kitchen of beauty and grace, evoking that lush 18th century atmosphere – Adelcrantz and Rehn, poets like Bellman and Kellgren who was a son of the county, Butterfly Winged and The New Creation, minuet and gavotte, the flickering flight of a lute and the blast of a trumpet, red wine with burnet and a newly-shot snipe.
Almost like a secret passage – behind pocket doors hides a Classic closet for keeping kitchen machinery and baking utensils.
Our imposing widescreen cabinet has a recessed LED armature. Sliding doors come in lined glass with an intriguing sort of moiré effect, or in crystal clear glass. Doors have recessed handles in brass or bronze.
The cooker hood is named Hellekis in honour of another famed manor in the county. It has a narrow shelf with a delicate rail in brass or bronze. Also, notice the small decorative corbels in the corners, as well as the bevelled wooden siding both above and below, and on each side a recessed niche shelf with a moulding above – neat details that simultaneously strike a chord of Classicism.
Karleby nearby Stora Ek gave name to the new cabinet door in our Classic series alongside with Sundby, Broby and Dalby. The inner profile of the narrow frame has a double pearl; it is simple and yet refined, modern and traditional, austere and delightful. The wall panel composition repeats the theme.