It’s prob­a­bly not sur­pris­ing that a de­sign-driven Dan­ish ex­pat and an Ital­ian with a love of all things tim­ber would cre­ate a kitchen that com­bines the best of form and func­tion. Lo­cated within a re­stored 1678 stone town­house in the walled vil­lage of Mon­te­mer­ano, Italy, own­ers Sam­ina Langholz and An­drea Brugi wanted their open-plan kitchen to be the true hub of their four-level home, which was es­sen­tially re­built bar its stone walls and terracotta roof. En­com­pass­ing the din­ing room and liv­ing area, this kitchen en­cour­ages guests and fam­ily mem­bers to talk and in­ter­act. “This is where we spend all our time,” says Sam­ina. “Cook­ing and en­ter­tain­ing is a huge part of our

lives; there is al­ways some­one at the stove.” Just as im­por­tant to the kitchen’s flow was its feel, with most of the ma­te­ri­als sourced lo­cally and hand­crafted by An­drea, a car­pen­ter, of­ten with the help of a lo­cal black­smith. “We have al­ways been at­tracted to wood and iron,” Sam­ina con­tin­ues, “They some­how seem to bring out the best in each other.”

De­sign Sam­ina Langholz and An­drea Brugi, an­ Bench­tops Ser­ena stone (sourced lo­cally in Italy) Cab­i­netry Iron frames (made by lo­cal black­smith) com­ple­mented by solid oak doors Din­ing ta­ble Tus­can poplar wood with vin­tage iron scaf­fold­ing base, cus­tom-made by An­drea Brugi, an­ Din­ing chairs Hans Weg­ner ‘Wish­bone’ chairs avail­able from Cult De­sign, 1300 768 626; cult­de­ Porce­lain Royal Copen­hagen avail­able from Royal De­sign, roy­alde­ Tim­ber boards An­drea Brugi, avail­able from Mud Aus­tralia, mu­daus­

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