Reform's BIG cabinet design

Danish Company Scales A High-end IKEA Kitchen Hack

We’ve all seen them – those IKEA hacks popularized on the diy blogs. Too bad those cool one-offs are often too hard to replicate. Recently, the Danish furniture company Reform has managed to scale that IKEA hack concept by making customized, designer-style kitchens more affordable and accessible. 

Reform creates their high-end kitchens by collaborating with IKEA and three internationally-acclaimed Danish architectural firms: BIG, Henning Larsen and Norm. The concept uses standard IKEA cabinets and applies the architect-designed door fronts and counter tops.

Henning Larsen design for Reform

Photo credit: Henning Larsen design for Reform

The minimalist Henning Larsen Architects design above, features metal strips that operate the push-function to open the doors. It comes in two versions: white or oak with copper strips.


Norm design for Reform

Norm design for Reform

The Norm Architects design features a table top that wraps the entire top and sides of the piece. This design uses all natural materials selected for durability and patina. It comes in two versions: smoked oak and bronzed tombac.


Basis Design kitchen cabinet by Reform

Photo credit: Basis Design by Reform

The Basis Design is Reform’s own in-house model. It was inspired by the ’60s Scandinavian style kitchens and also comes in two versions: Basis 01 and Basis 02.


Reform's BIG cabinet design

Photo credit: BIG design for Reform

The Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) design features handles made from black seat belt fabric. It comes in white and oak with a composite table top and composite wash, The composite can be substituted totally or partially with stainless steel.

Consumers can begin the process by taking their kitchen measurements and ordering their units and hinges directly from IKEA. Then, through the Reform website, they submit their measurements and select their cabinet fronts and counter tops. Voila! Within a few weeks, they can have brand new, customized kitchen cabinets for a fraction of the price.

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