ISSUE 24  |  City Summer

Kitchen of the Week: Sebastian Cox for deVol in the UK

June 18, 2015 9:00 AM

BY Julie Carlson

Sebastian Cox, a graduate of England’s University of Lincoln (and, interestingly enough, a former DJ), founded his bespoke furniture company in 2009 with a mission to “design and make simple, elegant, honest furniture from British hardwoods.” In a short time, he has become a leader in the UK craft revitalization; he has collaborated with Terence Conran on the craft-made Benchmark collection and worked on a line for Heal’s, while also carrying out his own work.

His latest project? An urban rustic kitchen for English kitchen maker deVol, made of sawn and woven sustainable timbers with copper accents (cabinet pulls and sink). “If we can develop a product that possesses subtle evidence of craft, then I believe it resonates with a customer’s primitive maker urges,” he told Dezeen. “I believe in looking both forward and backward.”

Above: The kitchen is installed in deVol’s Cotes Mill showroom in Leicestershire, England. The sawn cabinet doors are stained with inky blue-black dye, which preserves the natural character of the wood. 

Above: “The whole kitchen is designed to look like it breathes,” Cox says. “It feels clean, simple, and light, but it’s also brimming with texture.”

Above: The wall-mounted cabinet features a back panel of woven wood slats. 

Above: The countertop is made from “a lovely big piece of solid oak”; the sink is pounded copper.

Above: Mounted antlers serve as dish towel rack.

Above: The backsplash is simple white-painted brick. 

Above: Stained wood cabinetry contrasts with the natural wood cabinetry under the sink.

Above: A drawer detail.

Above: An inky blue-black stained freestanding cabinet.

Above: The cabinet has a woven back panel.

For more info on the kitchen, go to deVol and visit the maker at Sebastian Cox.

We’re kitchen design addicts, we admit it. What are we most excited about? This fledgling line from Berlin, the latest crop of minimalist British kitchens, and the new timber kitchen.