Danish architect Knud Kapper Hansen shares his approach to creating quality kitchen designs

Renowned Danish designer Knud Kapper Hansen is famous in Denmark for his quality kitchen designs, and it’s not hard to see why when you take a closer look at his work.

Marrying functionality with beautiful form outlines the substance to each kitchen interior design. (c) hansenkitchen.com

Marrying functionality with beautiful form outlines the substance to each kitchen interior design. (c) hansenkitchen.com

‘The most important thing is that the function follows form – you should be able to see the functional side to my designs as it’s clearly shown in its structure,’ says Hansen.

Born in 1947, Hansen was passionate about design even as a child, when he started to question the aesthetics of the world around him. It wasn’t long before he became an apprentice, working for famous furniture designer Poul Kjærholm after studying at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts.

While the Danish architect is a minimalist at heart, he still insists that a pared-back kitchen design must be injected with humour and warmth to prevent it from looking too clinical.

Hansen’s also a big believer in designing with sustainability in mind; he thinks that as many companies develop a greater green conscience, there will be a new wave of eco kitchens trending worldwide in the not too distant future.

This Hansen kitchen design in Kent, England is covered with natural materials, elongating the kitchen island to a bar area. (c) hansenkitchen.com

This Hansen kitchen design in Kent, England is covered with natural materials, elongating the kitchen island to a bar area. (c) hansenkitchen.com

‘I think we will use more natural materials and less artificial substances to create honest, sustainable designs,’ says Hansen.

Hansen advises homeowners who are about to embark on a kitchen project that it’s best to break down the design concept into different elements, and that it’s worth asking a professional about the best way to create a kitchen with practicality in mind.

‘While you could look at plenty of magazine makeovers, it’s actually a good idea to ask for professional help – not just interior designers and architects, but also chefs who work in the kitchen on a daily basis where everything has to be time-efficient and practical.’

Mix highly functional design with an architect’s touch of style like Hansen and you’ll have the perfect recipe for a long-lasting and beautiful kitchen.