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A Kitchen for the People, Courtesy of Prince Charles

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A Kitchen for the People, Courtesy of Prince Charles

May 18, 2018

When Prince Charles collaborated with UK-based kitchen makers Plain English on a model house, he wanted to know: “How can we get this to the people?” The answer is the beloved kitchen company’s lower-priced British Standard Cupboard line, offered at “sensible prices for discerning folk of modest means.”

A longtime campaigner for sustainable living, Prince Charles and his Prince’s Foundation for Building Community collaborated with Plain English to build a model eco-friendly house, displayed at the Ideal Home show in London back in 2012. The Prince was so inspired by the quality and the craftsmanship of the cabinets that he encouraged the company to come up with a lower-priced solution. The cabinets are built in the same Suffolk workshop as Plain English’s higher priced offerings, but customers will be responsible for collecting and installing the kitchen themselves. Available in a range of sizes and configurations, the off-the-shelf cabinets are available online only. The cabinetry starts at about £5,000 (VAT included) for an entire kitchen; go to British Standard Cupboards for more information.

Worktop surfaces come in iroko, oak, or sycamore wood.
Above: Worktop surfaces come in iroko, oak, or sycamore wood.
British Standard cupboards are available in Broken White eggshell finish, ready for the customer to paint in any color they wish. In this case, the color of the cabinets extends above the worktop, creating an unexpected and quirky visual datum.
Above: British Standard cupboards are available in Broken White eggshell finish, ready for the customer to paint in any color they wish. In this case, the color of the cabinets extends above the worktop, creating an unexpected and quirky visual datum.
The cabinets come in a variety of sizes and styles; including floor, wall, and tall cabinets. Customers have a choice of buying their hardware from British Standard or supplying their own.
Above: The cabinets come in a variety of sizes and styles; including floor, wall, and tall cabinets. Customers have a choice of buying their hardware from British Standard or supplying their own.
A view of the L-shaped kitchen. For more, see Remodeling data-src=
Above: A view of the L-shaped kitchen. For more, see Remodeling 101: The L-Shaped Kitchen.
The British Standard line includes glazed wall cabinets as well.
Above: The British Standard line includes glazed wall cabinets as well.
Prince Charles at the opening of the src=
Above: Prince Charles at the opening of the 2012 Ideal Home show.

Our Steal This Look: A Prince Charles–Worthy Kitchen shows you how to pull this look together or Half-Painted Walls in Bold Colors explains how the two-tone paint strategy might work in other rooms in your house.

N.B.: This post is an update; the original ran on May 7, 2012.

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