Kitchens, kitchens how is it possible to live with just one? A few weeks ago I visited the new DeVol Kitchens showroom in Clerkenwell (and did a little tour on Insta-stories) because I was just fed up with stalking their Instagram Feed for a daily dose of their Shaker style kitchens.
Located parallel to Exmouth Market which is packed full of good things like Gail’s Bakery, trendy brasseries and independent interior, gift and book shops the Devol Showroom is perfect for an afternoon of aspirational musing.
The showroom entrance opens into the stunning Shaker Kitchen installation in ‘Pantry Blue’ which on arrival immediately transforms you into Martha Stewart. I spent some time imagining myself whipping up a brunch of gluten-free banana almond butter muffins and rum spiked ice-teas then snuck down to the basement to check out the newest launch kitchen designed in collaboration with British designer Sebastian Cox.
Unlike the other DeVol kitchens which are achingly picture perfect – traditional silhouettes, modern details and smooth paint finishes in contemporary colours, this new design by s positively raw and rustic – ‘urban rustic’ actually.
Created using only sustainable timbers grown in England, the display cabinets are pale and bare backed with delicate woven panels. Solid oak is used for the work tops – teamed with glorious copper which develops a divine patina over time. The showstopper is the blue / black dye on the cupboards which stains the wood so a symphony of woodgrain becomes visible and gives everything a tactile finish. The dye is also available in hydreandea (blush pink) lavender and turmeric.
Although rustic in style the functions are modern – soft close doors and state of the art appliances abound – but you still feel like you are in a charming little homestead in the middle of nowhere.
DeVol Kitchens Showroom
2 Tysoe Street, Clerkenwell, London, EC1R 4RQ.
Author: Rohini Wahi
Rohini is a London based freelance journalist and trend forecaster for the design industries. She has worked for Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Houzz and Design Sponge amongst others.
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