Stockholm-based design company Kitchens by Paul are renowned for creating bespoke interiors and kitchens with an unparalleled dedication to quality. The studio was founded in 2018 by Paul Badran, who first began his career in Lebanon at the age of 16, working at several different kitchen studios before graduating as an architect in 2012. Moving to Qatar, he worked with residential towers as well as luxury hotels and in 2015 he moved to Stockholm, where his work quickly gained recognition. Bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to his own studio along with a unique approach to design, his spaces combine distinctive elements with a high level of functionality.
Today I’m going to share two recent projects by Kitchens by Paul. The first kitchen is part of a large renovation of a 1929 villa in Stockholm. Located in the home’s newly built extension, it features an incredible 4.7-metre long island that halfway along transitions seamlessly into a functional dining table. A beautiful focal point for the space, the island is made of solid oak, with an integrated grip and plinth made from brushed brass.
Clean and elegant with considered design elements, the kitchen’s appliances are framed in a glass vitrine with integrated illumination, and the island base is crafted with bespoke vertical oak panelling. Inspired by the quartzite of the Taj Mahal, the studio chose Dekton Taga for the worktop, which injects texture with its marble and crystalline veins. This material extends to the two kitchen sinks and the full wall, including the inside of the window frame.
A Bora hob with an integrated downdraft extractor was chosen for both its elegant design and efficiency, while the remaining appliances are from Miele. Brass accents continue with taps are from Tapwell, and the wall and ceiling lights, made with alabaster stone and brass, are from CTO Lighting.
The next kitchen has been designed for the new apartment of Swedish blogger Petra Tungården. Her penchant for natural stone led Kitchens by Paul to choose Breccia Vagli, a beautiful natural stone with deep burgundy reds against a background of opaque whites with elements of grey and gold. The material was also used to create a stunning illuminated arch niche and floating shelf.
Petra’s wish to have curves in her new kitchen can be seen in both the curved edges of the bench cabinet and kitchen island. The painted cabinets are elegant with a simple framing that gives a Parisian feel, while the island anchors the space in solid oak paired with a bronze base.
The fridge and freezer are integrated behind beautifully designed textile covered arched doors, and the oven is also hidden behind a door, creating a truly seamless space. The Bora downdraft extractor features in this kitchen too, along with a tap by Dornbracht and wall sconces by Kelly Wearstler.