For a studio unit I worked on in Cebu, I designed this white media cabinet (and the upper kitchen cabinets in the background) to have cutout cabinet handles.
Cutouts or notches used as handles or drawer pulls are common in either Scandinavian or midcentury modern design. Because of the simplicity in aesthetic, functionality, and production, the cutout cabinet handles go perfectly well with these design styles.
Of course, my design raised some eyebrows, particularly my supplier who fabricated the furniture pieces. “Hindi ba aalikabukin?” (Won’t the dust settle inside the cabinets?) Well, yes. But see, this studio unit is going to be rented out in Airbnb, and as such, tenants won’t generally be storing items in it for the long term. Items will be in and out of these cabinets, avoiding the possibility of settling dust (add to the fact that the units will be deep-cleaned more regularly than a residential unit). That’s why I didn’t hesitate in using the cutout cabinet handle design.
If your kitchen has a modern, Scandi-inspired feel to it, then definitely consider the cutout cabinet handles.
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