Marble has long been the stone of choice for high-end kitchen worktops, but Jonas Lindvall’s new kitchen concept, produced by the Swedish kitchen manufacturer Ballingslöv, further emphasizes the natural beauty, not to mention the luxurious quality of Carrara marble. The island unit, which was presented last saturday at the opening of the designer’s solo exhibition at Landskrona Konsthall, contains cabinets in white pigmented ash, with doors covered in a 6 mm thick marble veneer. The solid countertop, measuring 3000 mm x 650 mm is 100 mm thick.
As a design trend, marble has become prevalent throughout the home, but its association with bathrooms and kitchens can be traced back as far back as ancient times. Its durability and easy maintenance, not to mention a cool surface - ideal for cooking preparation - are just some of the practical benefits of marble surfaces. But as Lindvall explains, the impetus behind the culinary showpiece was equally an aesthetic consideration “Certain materials have a strong connection to the culinary environment. Marble has been used in the kitchen throughout the centuries. However, in addition to the practical benefits, marble has a calm, soothing psychological quality, which I find very attractive. It also has a sense of presence and provenance that is characteristic of natural materials.”
This latest collaboration between the designer and manufacturer marks a relationship of almost 15 years. Previous designs include the Magnum, Zenus and the award-winning K2 kitchen series (Elle Decoration Sweden’s Kitchen of the Year, 2011).