Kitchens become versatile in the hands of Possi, a new start-up that this week launches its kitchen gallery in Copenhagen’s meatpacking district. The brand is rethinking the traditionally static kitchen design and its limitations with a range of flexible, modular kitchen furniture that can fit any space or requirements, making for an innovative kitchen design idea.

Possi modular kitchen designs

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Possi System, black Possi with colourful shelves

For her customer-friendly creations, designer and founder Tanita Klein was inspired by Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky, the first female architect to design a kitchen. The Austrian architect’s Frankfurt Kitchen, created for a large social housing project in the mid-1920s, came into being after she studied the movements of modern housewives, resulting in a kitchen design that put the user at the centre, reflecting the changing nature of women’s roles and consequently the developing nature of the kitchen itself. Her design served as the model for the built-in kitchen as we know it today.

A simple premise ensures the longevity of Klein’s units, with cleanly designed solid joints allowing the kitchen to easily transform over time. The simplicity of the core framework means the kitchen can be taken apart, moved or extended in an effortless and fuss-free process. This durable nature is key for Klein: ‘I want you to see the Possi kitchen as a tool for care – for yourself as well as for the planet. I want you to hold on to it forever,’ she says.

white and orange kitchen units
Possi system, large white island with orange shelves

Klein works with manufacturers and suppliers from Denmark, Germany and Austria on the materials and design, with a sustainability-minded approach. Standard production methods and materials negate the need for specialists and ensure kitchens can be repaired locally as needed. Klein is keen to discourage waste with the kitchen design, which lets the individual decide on the configurations, stripping back the unnecessary. Space, too, isn’t an issue – the multi-sided nature of the kitchen means it doesn’t require walls, and can take centre stage in the middle of a space.

‘As a designer, I approach material culture as something highly influential on human behaviour and wellbeing,’ says Klein. ‘I approach design as a tool for improvement. My tools are radical but realistic – democratic luxuries. My argument is filed under sustainability as well as wellbeing. Possi is like a kid’s bean bag. Malleable, made to fit your curves and your needs. Please play.’ §
 

white cupboard unit

Possi system, exploded view
 

black and orange shelving unit

Possi system, framework detail
 

white and steel kitchen unit

Possi system, small Possi in white and stainless steel shelves