Our favorite outdoor kitchen design of all time? We devoted a chapter in our
Gardenista book to Netherlands-based WWOO Kitchens (now available in the US) and here’s why.
Dutch designer Piet-Jan van den Kommer and his business partner, Martijn Vree, have created a thriving enterprise around a streamlined design for a plein-air kitchen made of concrete that can withstand the elements in striking modern style.
Photography by Matthew Williams for Gardenista.
Above: Although it looks custom when assembled, a WWOO outdoor kitchen is actually multiple anthracite or light gray concrete units, each 1.5 meters wide, customized with an array of add-ons. Prices range from $1,464 (for a single unit) to $9,375 for multiple units. See setups and prices at WWOO USA.
A communal dining table (shown in kiln-dried oak) and chairs are also manufactured by WWOO, as is the sailcloth canopy with beechwood supports. “You can get as much or as little as you want,” Vree says.
Above: No gas grill necessary. WWOO’s concrete shelving is designed with the Big Green Egg in mind because the company’s founders consider the updated Japanese kamado grill the “best outdoor cooker available.”
WWOO’s concrete segments are available in standard heights of four foot three; five foot four, and six foot six.
See more about the Big Green Egg at
World’s Best Barbecue Grills.
Above: If you’re not a fan of the Egg, an outdoor tabletop grill will fit into the setup; the modular units provide plenty of storage space for charcoal and hardwood.
See more options at 10
Easy Pieces: Small-Space Outdoor Grills and 10 Easy Pieces: Outdoor Charcoal Grills. Above: The most practical kind of plumbing: The stainless-steel WWOO sink, whose faucet recalls our favorite Chicago Faucets rigid gooseneck spout, is designed to connect to a garden hose.
WWOO’s stainless steel sink and stainless steel tap with a Gardena hose connection is $755.
Above: A WWOO Cutting Board is $115. Above: In the Netherlands, Piet-Jan van den Kommer (L) and partner Martijn Vree constructed models to show the range of WWOO outdoor kitchens. Above: A detail of the sailcloth canopy with beech framing. Above: WWOO outdoor kitchen units also are available in a dark anthracite finish.
See more of this outdoor kitchen in our book,
Gardenista: The Definitive Guide to Stylish Outdoor Spaces.
Are you planning an outdoor kitchen project? Get started with our
Hardscape 101 guides, including Outdoor Kitchens 101. For more tips and inspiration, see 10 Easy Pieces: Gas Grills on Wheels.