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Kitchen design and manufacturing company Cuisines Steam says its coquo modular, freestanding furniture concept allows homeowners to assemble a custom kitchen and recycle the pieces in another room of the house.

“We had a need to rethink the space with complete freedom, and a crazy desire to deconstruct our way of imagining the kitchen for the past several years,” says Brigitte Boulanger, Cuisines Steam's co-founder and coquo's co-creator. “With coquo we are breaking the rules that define the kitchen to let magic happen with our concept.”

Part of the idea of the system is to act as a foil to the rise of the “ephemeral and the disposable,” the company says. Coquo is targeted at clients who are sensitive to the environment. As a result, the pieces are made from recyclable materials such as solid wood and steel using traditional woodworking techniques such as mortise-and-tenon joinery and dovetail joints.

Materials include solid natural oak, midnight black-stained oak, bronze-colored powder-coated steel, midnight black powder-coated steel, and cream powder-coated steel.

“All our modules and collections are compatible and can be mixed so that you can create your own layout,” Brigitte explains.

Made in Montreal, coquo modules will soon be available for purchase online across the United States and Canada.


Coquo modular kitchen systems in midnight black solid white oak

Coquo’s pop-up shop in Old Montreal.


Coquo C°2 two-drawer module in midnight black stained oak kitchen

The C°2 two-drawer module combination shown in midnight black stained oak, white oak legs, and black Fenix countertops. The C°2 Armoire features white oak and bronze painted metal framed doors.


Coquo C°2 base module bathroom in white oak and off-white Fenix countertops

Used in the bathroom, the C°2 base module is shown in white oak and off-white Fenix countertops.


Coquo C°2 two-drawer module in midnight black stained oak and C°2 armoire with glass doors

The C°2 two-drawer module combination shown in midnight black stained oak and white oak legs. The C°2 armoire features glass doors and bronze painted metal framed doors.


Coquo solid white oak dove-tail drawer detail

Coquo uses solid white oak and dove-tail traditional wood-working techniques.


Coquo mortise and tenon detail

The system also uses mortise and tenon traditional wood-working technique.


Coquo solid white oak construction detail

A close-up of the system’s solid white oak construction.


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