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Kitchen of the Week: A Shaker-Inspired Kitchen in East Dulwich

December 03, 2015 10:00 AM

BY Margot Guralnick

Created for a design-conscious family in London’s East Dulwich, the latest kitchen from deVol caters to a lot of tastes: Darkly elegant thanks to a palette of charcoal, black, and white, it’s also designed for ease of use, classically homey (grab a seat at the breakfast counter), and seamlessly linked to an outdoor terrace and garden. Come take a look.

Above: Located in an extension of a newly remodeled Victorian, the kitchen pairs deVol’s Real Shaker cabinets with counters of Carrara marble and Iroko wood and a subway-tiled backsplash. Casually displayed art adds an injection of life–go to our recent post New Gallery to see more art in the kitchen.

Above: The room opens to a dining area–the space is approximately 320 square feet in total–and has a cooly modern polished concrete floor. Like the cabinets, the partially painted dining table is a deVol original. The wall sconces are from Denmark interior design firm House Doctor. 

Above: Sink and cooking counters run parallel to one another and each is anchored by cabinetry that conceals the fridge and range. DeVol’s Shaker cabinets are made of water-resistant birch ply and have tulipwood doors. The pendant light is the Factory design in matte black from Dutch company HK Living.

Above: The owners’ quandary: whether to go with deVol’s Lead (a soft gray) or the much darker Pantry Blue paint on the cabinets? For contrast, they opted for the latter, fitted with deVol’s Bella brass knobs and pulls (deVol sells its cabinets in modular units, but offers its paints and hardware only as part of complete kitchen designs). 

Above: A Smeg five-burner gas cooktop is paired with an elegantly concealed Elica Elibloc extractor vent. For similar styles, see our Remodeling 101 post on Recessed Kitchen Vents

Above: The bridge faucet is a deVol design made by Perrin & Rowe; for details see Found: The Perfectly Aged Brass Kitchen Faucet.

Above: The Iroko-topped island extends out as a breakfast counter. The subway tiles were sourced from Tons of Tiles in the UK and are in an offset brick pattern. Find more ways to use subway tiles in our Tile Pattern Glossary. Note the smart choice of dark grout and black switch plate covers. Read about where to locate kitchen electrical outlets here.

Above: The polished concrete floor continues out to the garden. DeVol’s Shaker kitchens generally range in price from £8,000 to £25,000 (roughly $12,000 to $37,000). Cabinets, furniture, and accessories are also sold separately: Go to deVol’s catalog to see some of the options.

We’re longtime deVol addicts. Take a look at the company’s New Showroom in London as well as: