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Kitchen of the Week: The Refined Rustic Kitchen, Sebastian Cox Edition

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Kitchen of the Week: The Refined Rustic Kitchen, Sebastian Cox Edition

June 15, 2017

“The past can be used to design and make the future,” says English woodworker Sebastian Cox, who says that his goal is to work “without nostalgia or sentimentality, but with respectful inventiveness.” His results are spot-on, especially the farmhouse kitchen that he created in collaboration with the team at deVol, UK specialists in modern classical kitchens. The Cox Kitchen manages to be both refined and rustic, clean-lined and warm-hearted, familiar and fresh.

First introduced in 2015, the bespoke design is available in many iterations and each one stops us in our tracks. Here’s our latest favorite, spotted in the basement of deVol’s showroom on Tysoe Street in Clerkenwell, London.

Photography courtesy of deVol.

 the design is an ode to natural materials: copper, marble, and particularly  9
Above: The design is an ode to natural materials: copper, marble, and particularly wood: Cox uses sustainable hardwoods grown in England (and is ever on the alert for fallen trees “destined for the chipper”; he mills and kiln-dries in London.)

The cabinets have birch plywood frames fronted by doors of  bandsawed beach in varying widths; they’re left pale under the sink and elsewhere stained (rather than painted) in an inky blue-black that allows the graining and texture to show.

a little bit barnyard, a little bit ballroom: a rustic oak parquet floor from  10
Above: A little bit barnyard, a little bit ballroom: a Rustic Oak Parquet Floor from deVol’s sister company, Floors of Stone, offers a lively counterpoint to the banded lines of the cabinet doors.
Note the skinny, plank-size legs of the island; its oak counter extends out to become a breakfast table.

twin copper sinks feature mayan aged brass faucets made by perrin & ro 11
Above: Twin copper sinks feature Mayan Aged Brass Faucets made by Perrin & Rowe for deVOL: See The Perfectly Aged Kitchen Faucet. Unlike most deVol components, they’re available à la carte; £130 ($165.70) per set. The sinks are £750 ($956) each.

 a lineup of succulents and other plants bring color to the space, and a grid 12
Above: A lineup of succulents and other plants bring color to the space, and a gridded skylight filters in a soft, natural light. The walls are painted Mole’s Breath from Farrow & Ball.
The standing towel rack is deVol’s Clothes Horse; £140 ($178).

the counter is honed cararra. in lieu of hardware, the cabinets have circular c 13
Above: The counter is honed Cararra. In lieu of hardware, the cabinets have circular cutouts with copper edging for a streamlined look: explore the options in Remodeling 101: Cut-Out Cabinet Pulls.
a glazed wall cupboard is detailed with a back of woven wood. 14
Above: A glazed wall cupboard is detailed with a back of woven wood.

The bowls are from deVol’s new ceramic kitchenware collection.

the island is topped with mixed materials: oak at the prep end and patinated  15
Above: The island is topped with mixed materials: oak at the prep end and patinated copper around the Smeg Domino cooktop and grill.

The hanging lights are DIY: They were put together from cage lights, LED Filament Bulbs, and Fabric Lighting Cable from Dowsing & Reynolds.

a smeg linea oven and microwave, both 60 centimeters (\23.6 inches), are integr 16
Above: A Smeg Linea oven and microwave, both 60 centimeters (23.6 inches), are integrated side by side into the island.
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Above: The Sebastian Cox kitchen range is handmade in deVol’s Leicestershire workshop; prices start at £15,000 ($22,900).

Here are two more examples of his kitchens:

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