After 23 hectic years in London, Karine Candice Köng has returned to her French home on the Atlantic coast near Bordeaux. Just two minutes from the beach at Le Moulleau, the photographer and stylist has created a refuge that is both home and creative workspace: Casa Pyla.

Thanks to Karine's vision, an old villa by the sea has been transformed into a modern, minimalist dream home. With the installation of BORA Pure, the kitchen now also meets the latest technological requirements and does justice to Karine's sense of design.

Pictures: Stephanie Füssenich

"I'm not the greatest cook myself, but my husband is passionate about cooking."

Karine runs her hand over the work surface and points to the cooking island. "My husband's favorite thing to do is sear meat really hot, it creates a lot of smoke. We have high ceilings in the kitchen here, over three meters high. A huge range hood hanging from the ceiling would really get in the way of the room. I'm incredibly excited about the BORA Pure integrated range hood system – also, in terms of design."

  • Hallway with stairs to the upper floor
  • Living room Casa Pyla with white sofa and armchairs
  • Old villa with garden, terrace and tree

Combining the cooking and dining areas and also thinking of the kitchen as a creative space was particularly important to Karine. Around the long dining table, the whole family comes together several times a day. "We love food! And talking about it," she enthuses. Rather unusually for many: Between July and August Karine sublets her house completely. Creative people can book into the spacious premises by the day all year round. The Casa Pyla kitchen is also open for workshops and events.

Read the full story in BORA Magazine 02/2021.