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Publication Date: 2015-08-24

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Kitchen of the Week: A Modular Setup from Sweden

Bucks and Spurs, a new Stockholm-based design house, earned international attention earlier this year when their Railway kitchen won the Best Kitchen category in the 2015 Elle Decoration Swedish Design Awards. The winning kitchen is part of the company's "Railways" modular cabinetry line, which also includes bathroom and closet cabinetry and indoor and outdoor sliding doors. The overall concept is a clean-lined Scandinavian system with a streak of the American West. In each piece of cabinetry, Bucks and Spurs paired rough-hewn oak boards with smoother ones to achieve a look they call "rough ranch."

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The Railway components, which hang on a wall-mounted rail, have a Shaker-like flexibility. The rail is the only part of the kitchen that's fixed, which means that cabinets can be moved according to changing needs.

The entire kitchen system is made in Sweden, including the handmade oak cabinetry, Swedish limestone countertops, and Swedish leather details by Tarnsjo Tannery. Above R: Sliding wood panels hide and reveal drawers and open storage spaces.

Drawers make use of simple box joints.

Oak inset on a diagonal is a nod to railroad ties. Above R: The kitchen styled for Elle Decoration Sweden.

The Railways system began with sliding doors and cabinet frames made by woodworkers in Järna and Småland, Sweden. These frames later developed into the full modular furniture system.

Bucks and Spurs pairs its modular cabinetry system with decorative finds from around the world, including artful embroidery by Brooklyn-based Coral & Tusk, whose aprons are shown here. This wood-and-copper ladder rail is an optional component of the kitchen and bathroom systems.

Article by Meredith Swineheart. Photography via Bucks and Spurs and Elle Decoration Sweden.

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