Before the refrigerator there was the larder, a cool space for storing perishables and kitchen essentials. Perhaps it's time to bring back the concept?
Above: A larder tucked behind glass doors, courtesy of Plain English.
Above: An English larder photographed by David Giles.
Above: A bespoke larder, courtesy of Plain English.
Above: A subway-tiled larder in London; see more at Kitchen Open Shelf Roundup.
Above: A classic larder via House to Home.
Above: SF architects Butler Armsden revamped a 1939 William Wurster house in Pacific Heights, including the pantry area.
Above: A larder in London; see the whole project at Reader Rehab: A Photographer's Kitchen in London.
Above: An herb-drying room in Olga Polizzi's Hotel Endsleigh.
Above: A pantry with glazed doors by Copenhagen-based Kobenhavns Mobelsnedkeri; photo by Heidi Lerkenfeldt.
Above: A pantry in the Buena Vista Terrace residence by Schwartz & Architecture in San Francisco.
If you're looking for kitchen ideas, browse our vast Kitchens archive, and don't miss last week's 11 Kitchen Islands Gone Glamorous. And before delving into construction, read Michelle's Gardenista post 10 Mistakes to Avoid When You Remodel.