Behind the wide front door of a beautiful big classic Georgian townhouse in a leafy part of Islington, is this stunning Classic English deVOL kitchen. It’s not easy to shoe-horn a new, modern kitchen into a period building without it looking out of place, or sometimes overdone. Historically kitchens were not grand rooms. The were the domain of servants and would have been utilitarian and sometimes rustic even in a townhouse. This kitchen has managed to look as if it has always been there. There is nothing showy, or overly fancy. It is obviously a working family kitchen where things are on show and things are there to be used. Its warmth is almost palpable. It’s a room where numerous activities can take place all at once. And it’s a room to relax in and enjoy.
The handmade Classic English cupboards in this room are perfect as they suit the style of the property, but moreover they are simple and without fancy embellishments. Both the cupboards and walls are painted in deVOL Flint colour, which is a rich deep grey with hints of blue and green, so perfect and opulent for this grand old building. The worktops and splashback are smooth honed Carrara marble and the hardware is all aged looking brass. Rustic oak shelves supported by beautiful brass brackets are stacked with collections of colourful glassware and crockery and sit above a Villeroy & Boch double sink.
It’s a very fine balance to get function, atmosphere, style, quality and a totally un-contrived look into one space. Knowing that each little piece of your home’s interior has a history and a story seems somehow to give it more soul and this is what you see in this kitchen. In particular the squashy sofa under the window, the butchers block, the shelves crammed with recipe books, the artwork and the various other antiques. It feels as though you can walk in, flop down, pet the dog, and accept a cup of tea or something stronger.
There are also some new items bought specifically for the kitchen and they too were well considered. Looking as if they have always been there are the ‘new’ vintage pantry doors for example. An under the stairs cupboard has been transformed into a seriously useful pantry and a really special feature of the space.
The view beyond the kitchen into the dining area is also a delight, green walls (a William Morris patterned wallpaper if I’m not mistaken) full of art, indoor greenery of jungle proportions and views into the most private walled garden.
The Classic English Kitchen by deVOL is handmade in their Loughborough workshops. Prices start from £25,000.