Julius Blum GmbH, Beschlaegefabrik

42 Blum Inspirations The house on the coast of Snaptun seems to crouch down among the dunes, almost disappear ing behind the hedge. "We of ten sailed by and I 'd always dreamed of living here," says Tue S. Andersen. "The access to the sea is ever y thing to me. It br ings me peace." He stands on his oak wood terrace and looks out across the sea to the east, to the small island of Hjarnø. Behind him, the floor-to- ceiling windows are pushed aside. The long, self-built table with black oiled pine top is surrounded by enough chairs for a spontaneous par t y. As the house sits on a slope, Tue responded with gables of different heights. Inside, the heights create contrast in the var ious rooms. The mood also changes with the position of the sun throughout the day. The panoramic windows on both sides of the house flood the living- dining area, and its impressive island k itchen, with light. Visual unit y Tue had the wall behind the k itchen cabinets painted dark grey. In doing so, he has brought an intensive colour from the Danish natural landscape indoors, br inging depth and cosiness to the highceilinged, open space. The simple fronts of the white k itchen cabinets stand out all the more. A hard-wear ing quar t z work top was chosen for the black, stained- oak island. The water fall work top ef fect, where the work top ex tends down the sides to the floor, seems to enclose the island as a single entit y. So now the eye can go on a voyage of discover y and gradually let the details sink in. For example, the wicker of the seats is exactly the same shade of grey as the k itchen wall, and the floor boards, with their knot holes and irregular grain, are per fectly imper fect. "At first, I wanted to send them back," says Tue. "But the floor fit ter convinced me otherwise. The rustic look contrasts wonder fully with our industr ial ceilings." Minimalism in act ion The whole family feels as if they are on holiday ever y single day. There are no super fluous items to block your view, which adds to the easy- going atmosphere. Unopened post, coats, children's toys: ever y thing has a home, hidden behind cabinet fronts and tucked away in drawers. A wide hallway leads to an of fice. On one side, there is a wooden panel running along the entire length, beneath the windows. It is almost as low as a desk, At home by the sea A low hedge is all that 's separates Tue S. Andersen's house from the sandy beach in Snaptun, Jutland.