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 coexist in a compact space. For a full tour of the project, see A Stable Reborn in Rural Norfolk. Above: A custom counter is kitted out with a farmhouse sink, taps, and open under-counter space. Floors are raw concrete (for more on concrete floors, see our post Remodeling 101: Polished Concrete Floors). Photograph by Ioana Marinescu from A Stable Reborn in Rural Norfolk. Materials Above: A favorite white among architects is Benjamin Moore Super White; $69.99 per gallon. For more, see 10 Easy Pieces: Architects’ White Paint Picks for Kitchen Cabinets. Appliances Above: The Smeg 36-Inch Freestanding Dual Fuel Range with five sealed burners and a 4.4 cubic foot convection oven is $1,999 at AJ Madison. Above: The True Residential Undercounter Refrigerator in stainless steel is available through AJ Madison. For more ideas, see our recent post 10 Easy Pieces: Compact Refrigerators.
Faucets & Fixtures Above: The traditional Churchmans Kitchen Pillar Tap and Stand is £150.76 at Bath Shop 321. Above: The Universal Fireclay Farmhouse Kitchen Sink features a convenient offset drain; $1,534 at Waterworks. For more ideas, see 10 Easy Pieces: White Kitchen Farmhouse Sinks.
Above: The kitchen table is another Jeanneret teak design, the PGI University Dining Table, from 1950. It’s hard to come by, but other Jeanneret designs can be found, such as the Pierre Jeanneret and Charlotte Perriand Dining Table shown here, available through a seller on 1st Dibs. Above: A highlight of the kitchen is the pair of vintage Pierre Jeanneret Chandigarh Chairs. The chairs can be sourced, when available, at The Line in Los Angeles or from various vintage dealers on 1st Dibs.
Accessories Above: The Simplex Traditional Solid Copper Whistling Kettle in a mirror chrome finish; $299 from Richmond Kettle Co. Above: Andrea Brugi Cutting Boards can be sourced at ABC Carpet & Home for $95 to $195 each.
Above: A variety of antique objects, like this hand-carved wooden bowl, are available at Galerie Half in Los Angeles. Above: Featured in the Remodelista 100, the Model One Bluetooth Radio, an update on the design by Henry Kloss for Tivoli Audio, is $179.99 from Lumens. Above: The Aesop Resurrection Duet Hand Soap and Lotion set is $123 at Mr Porter Above: From Swedish company Iris Hantverk, which employs visually impaired craftspeople, the Swedish Broom has a birch handle and palmyra fiber brush is $40 at Mûr Lifestyle.
For more rustic spaces with style to co-opt, see our posts:
N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on February 25, 2014.