ISSUE 39  |  The Deconstructed Kitchen

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

September 29, 2015 9:00 AM

BY Alexa Hotz

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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 (thanks in part 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.

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

The Basics

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.

Above: The Viking Professional Series Pro-Style 30-Inch Induction Range is $8,059 from Elite Appliance. For more Kitchen Range options, visit our Shop section.

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.

Above: The traditional Churchman’s Kitchen Pillar Taps are Â£112 ($170) at Bath Shop 321. Tap Shop 321 has the Churchman’s High Neck Kitchen Pillar Taps faucet for £58 ($88).

Above: The Universal Fireclay Farmhouse Kitchen Sink features a convenient offset drain; $1,475 from Waterworks. For more ideas, see 10 Easy Pieces: White Kitchen Farmhouse Sinks.


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.

Above: We found a vastly less pricey stand-in at West Elm; the Upton Dining Chair with an upholstered seat and caned seat back; $254.

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.


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

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.

Above: The classic Bialetti 6800 Monka Express Stovetop Percolator is $20.25 for the three-cup size from Amazon. For more options, see 10 Easy Pieces: Stovetop Espresso Makers.

Above: From World Kitchen, the classic Revere 2 1/3-Quart Copper Bottom Kettle is $23.51 on Amazon.

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.

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.

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

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

Above: From Swedish company Iris Hantwerk, which employs visually impaired craftspeople, the Swedish Broom has a birch handle and palmyra fiber brush; £18.50 ($27) 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 Shanghai. For more rustic cutting boards, have a look at British Roots: Hampson Woods’ Curvy Handled Serving Boards.

N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on February 25, 2014, as part of our Winter Break issue.