Steal This Look: An English Kitchen with a Rustic-Modern Edge by

Issue 8 · Winter Break · February 25, 2014

Steal This Look: An English Kitchen with a Rustic-Modern Edge

Issue 8 · Winter Break · February 25, 2014

One of our favorite projects of all time is London architect David Kohn's conversion of a former stable into a house that seamlessly blends past and present, rustic and clean lined. Today, we're spotlighting the stable's compact eat-in kitchen, a soulful layering of wood and white bricks that also has a sense of modernism (in part thanks to a highly covetable midcentury table and set of chairs by Pierre Jeanneret). We've sourced a checklist of products—from a compact refrigerator to a Swedish broom—to achieve a similar look.

Pierre Jeanneret Chairs in an English Kitchen by David Kohn | Remodelista

Above: Kohn's kitchen is evidence that rustic and modern can happily co-exist in a compact space. For a full tour of the project, see A Stable Reborn in Rural Norfolk.

The Basics

Benjamin Moore "Steam" White Paint | Remodelista

Above: Benjamin Moore's Steam Paint is a color that appears quite yellow on a swatch, but on the wall is a very neutral white: not too yellow, not too blue. It's the white that was used at couture kitchen store March in San Francisco, and is a close match to the white paint on the stable's brick walls; $36.99 per gallon of Ben Interior Paint.

Viking Professional 30-Inch Pro-Style Induction Range | Remodelista

Above: The Viking Professional Series Pro-Style 30-Inch Induction Range is $7,279 from AJ Madison Appliances. For more Kitchen Range options visit our shop section.

Avanti Built-In Outdoor Compact Refrigerator | Remodelista

Above: The small kitchen features a compact under-counter refrigerator; the Avanti Built-In Outdoor Refrigerator works inside and out, and has an extra-long power cord and casters for portability; $689 at Best Buy. For more ideas, see our recent post, 10 Easy Pieces: Compact Refrigerators.

Churchman's Kitchen Pillar Taps, Remodelista

Above: The traditional Churchman's Kitchen Pillar Taps are £112 at Bath Shop 321. Tap Shop 321 has the Churchman's High Neck Kitchen Pillar Taps faucet for £58.

Universal Fireclay Farmhouse Apron Sink from Waterworks | Remodelista

Above: The Universal Fireclay Farmhouse Kitchen Sink features a convenient offset drain; $1,431 from Waterworks. For more ideas, see 10 Easy Pieces: White Kitchen Farmhouse Sinks.


Pierre Jeanneret 1958 Armchair | Remodelista

Above: A highlight of the kitchen is the pair of vintage V-Type Chairs designed by Pierre Jeanneret in 1958-59. The chairs have a black- stained teak frame and a caned seat and back; they're available in the armchair version for, gulp, $10,000 each through midcentury dealer 1950 and many other sellers on 1st Dibs.

West Elm Slope Leg Dining Chair/Remodelista

Above: We found a vastly less pricey stand-in at West Elm; the Slope Leg Dining Chair features a metal base in dark graphite and a bentwood pine seat and back; $199 each.

Midcentury Danish Modern Teak Dining Table from Midcentury LA | Remodelista

Above: The kitchen table is another Jeanneret teak design, the PGI University Dining Table, from 1950. It's hard to come by, and pricey, but an alternative period piece, minus the tapered legs, can easily be sourced from a flea market or vintage dealer, such as Midcentury LA, whose restored vintage Danish Teak Dining Table, shown here, is $900.


March Medium Cherrywood Wooden Tray | Remodelista

Above: Custom designed for March in San Francisco, the Medium Cherrywood Carved Wood Tray is $325.

Small English Pot Holders in Suede Fabric from March | Remodelista

Above: Large and Small Suede Pot Holders in English Toast are $22 and $18.50 at March.

Fern NYC Amoeba Cutting Boards | Remodelista

Above: From Fern Handcrafted Furniture in New York's Hudson Valley, the Amoeba Cutting Boards are a set of three boards made from locally sourced slabs of maple, black walnut, and cherry in three different sizes; for pricing and information, contact Fern.

Bialetti Monka Espressor Maker from Amazon | Remodelista

Above: The classic Bialetti 6800 Monka Express Stovetop Percolator is $24.49 for the three-cup size from Amazon. For more options, see 10 Easy Pieces: Stovetop Espresso Makers.

Revere Copper Bottom Whistling Tea Kettle | Remodelista

Above: From World Kitchen, the classic Revere 2 1/3-Quart Copper Bottom Kettle is $22.99 is Amazon.

Weck Glass Storage Jars from Heath Ceramics or Schoolhouse Electric | Remodelista

Above: A set of six small glass Weck Jars is $27 at Heath Ceramics. The jars are also available from Schoolhouse Electric starting at $4 per jar.

Murchison Hume Large Glass Bottle Dishwashing Liquid | Remodelista

Above: Cleaning products from Australian company Murchison-Hume are now widely available in the US. The Heirloom Dishwashing Liquid, in a large amber glass bottle, is an eco-friendly solution said to improve the condition of your wastewater as it drains; $21 from The Line.

Galerie Half Antique Wooden Serving Trays | Remodelista

Above: A variety of antique Wooden Serving Trays and Bowls are available at Galerie Half in LA; contact for pricing and availability.

Model One Radio by Tivoli Audio, Wooden Radio | Remodelista

Above: Featured in the Remodelista 100, the Model One Radio, designed by Henry Kloss for Tivoli Audio, is $149.99 from Lumens.

Swedish Broom from Objects of Use in the UK | Remodelista

Above: From Swedish company Iris Hantwerk, which employs visually impaired craftspeople, the Swedish Broom has a birch handle and palmyra fiber brush; £18.50 at Objects of Use.

Our Steal This Look column appears every Tuesday morning; click here to browse past posts. For another kitchen featuring white-painted bricks see An Architect-Designed Compound in ShanghaiFor more rustic cutting boards, have a look at British Roots: Hampson Woods' Curvy Handled Serving Boards.

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