The Ask og Eng House in Drammen, Norway, is a testament to timeless design and meticulous craftsmanship. Dating back to 1868, this historic residence has undergone an extensive renovation led by Ask og Eng founders Kine Ask Sternersen and Kristoffer Eng whose clear mission was to preserve as much of the house’s original heritage while updating the layout to become a living showroom where they can share stories of their evolving brand. The result? A beautifully inviting home to inspire, imbued with history and warmth.
From the outset, sustainability and longevity were at the forefront of Kine and Kristoffer’s vision—the same ethos behind their architecture and design studio Ask og Eng. Specialising in the creation of interiors, kitchens and furniture all handmade in bamboo at their workshop in Norway, their journey began modestly, with the creation of their first kitchen in a humble garage. Little did they know this endeavor would evolve into a commitment to crafting sustainable, enduring interiors for a wide range of projects, some of which have been featured on TDC previously.
Muted colors and natural materials feature throughout the home’s interior, with bamboo taking centre stage, creating a serene and calming feel. It’s a place where every detail has been carefully considered, from the bespoke furniture to the handcrafted stoneware cups and saucers that grace the kitchen shelves.
One of my favourite areas is the multifunctional office-dining room, a space that seamlessly transitions from work to play. When they are not in Mallorca, where they are currently residing with their children, Kine and Kristoffer gather for client meetings, design sessions, and intimate dinners with friends and family. Anchoring the room are the striking A9 bench and A10 dining table, beautifully crafted in Ask og Eng’s Drammen workshop.
In addition to branching out from kitchens to include furniture collections, Ask og Eng have created the Object Collection, a curated selection of handmade treasures from around the globe. Each piece tells a story, reflecting the unique vision and values of the brand. From the rustic charm of the Pebble Wall Vase by ceramic artist Viki Weiland to the timeless elegance of the Teotihuacán-inspired wall lamps by NYC-based L’Aviva, every item showcases unique artistry.
Beyond its role as a showroom, the house embodies the essence of Ask og Eng’s ethos in a real, lived experience. It’s a place where design and craftsmanship converge, where inspiration flows freely, and where every corner tells a story. It is not just a place to browse, here you can also seek guidance on your kitchen planning and interior design, or just stop by to be inspired.
Open Houses are held on the first Saturday of every month, and you can even book a stay at the house, to fully experience the beautiful world of Ask og Eng.