It started with exclusive scarves in a blend of cashmere and silk and has since evolved into an exclusive clothing brand focusing on premium materials, classic craftsmanship and a classic design tradition that stands out with the help of a few effective tools.
It’s not so surprising, then, that this natural and exclusive style is also present in the classic white villa from 1921 in Oslo’s Bekkelaget neighbourhood. Here, Maria Skappel and Andreas Holzweiler have created a timeless and natural sanctuary for the whole family, which also includes Sophia (10), Lieben (7) and Winter (2). Andreas’ other son, 14-year-old Hugo, is an extra bonus in the family every third weekend.
The kitchen is the most important space in the house for the Skappel Holzweiler family. They love to cook, bake and hang out together in the kitchen. This is where the family meets at the weekend and enjoys late breakfasts and cosy lunches and dinners with family and friends.
So it was important for them to thoroughly explore various options and find the perfect solution when the house’s traditional country-style kitchen had to be replaced. They wanted the new kitchen to be timeless and Scandinavian with warm, natural tones, because it’s important for Maria that the home is a quiet base, furnished with natural and tactile materials such as wood, flax and leather, and neutral colours in white and grey.
“We love to cook and spend a lot of time in the kitchen.”
Maria Skappel Holzweiler,
On a trip with little Winter in the pram two years ago, Maria completely fell for the flat cut natural oak at Multiform in Bygdøy Alle in Oslo and with the help of interior designer Sigrid Aalstad, designed a kitchen solution that met all the family’s needs.
The wall between the living room and kitchen was torn down, creating a large open-plan kitchen with plenty of daylight and evening sun as well as space for a large kitchen island. The kitchen island and the full wall cabinet have fronts in flat cut oak that have a natural and warm look. As a cool contrast to the warm tones of the oak, Maria has chosen black plinths and a steel worktop. The extractor is integrated into the worktop so that the sculptural Mobile ceiling lamp, designed by Monika Mulder from Pholc, has the most beautiful effect. The tap is from Quooker and the wine cabinet, which Andreas especially insisted on having space for in the kitchen, is from Gaggenau.
The full wall cabinet contains the coffee station that Maria wanted, plenty of storage space and a regular oven as well as a Combi-steam oven, both from Gaggenau. The coffee station is built into a pocket-door cupboard, which, when closed, creates a totally clean surface in the kitchen, making it appear like a piece of furniture.
A place to gather in the house
The bench by the window is the focal point of the 270 square metre house. The children eat breakfast and do homework here while Maria and Andreas cook. And Maria sits down here with a cup of coffee, making sketches and new designs for upcoming Holzweiler collections. Multiform Oslo custom designed the bench and the loose table module that can be moved back and forth as needed. It was built at the joinery in West Jutland together with the kitchen, so there’s a general common thread in the design.
It was important for Maria to choose solutions and materials that can last for generations. “We’ve deliberately chosen materials that are warm in expression and that we can live with for many years. The beauty of wood is that it can be treated. You can polish it, paint it and the next generation can go back to the wood again if they want,” explains Maria.
The kitchen and living room are joined by an exclusive herringbone, smoked oak flooring that blends beautifully with the house’s original architecture.
Maria Skappel Holzweiler is a designer who studied at Oslo National Academy of the Arts and works as creative director and head of design in the family company, which she started with her husband, Andreas Holzweiler, and his sister, Susanne Holzweiler, in 2013.
“For a long time, I’ve been very clear that we’re not just a fashion brand that makes clothes. We want to be a lifestyle brand where fashion, interior design and art blend together. Today, you can’t just build a brand and sell a lot of goods. You have to create something that creates engagement,” says Andreas about the vision that drives the couple and is clearly reflected in their home in Oslo.
Text. Linn Carin Dirdal, Bo Bedre, Thea Roll Rakeng, Min Mote and Multiform. Styling Silje Aune Eriksen. Photo Anne Bråtveit. The property was shown in BO BEDRE Norway in April 2020.