Kitchen of the Week: A London Kitchen Inspired by Traditional Haberdashery Stores

Noticed of late: kitchens that look like furnished rooms as opposed to, well, kitchens. If you’re intrigued by the trend, you may want to consider deVOL’s Haberdasher’s Kitchen line of modular cabinets inspired, says the company, by traditional British men’s clothing stores and their “glass doors and sliding drawers, of row upon row of lift-up oak cubbyholes full of ribbons and buttons, patterns and fabrics and soft balls of wool.”

Recently, deVOL reached out to us about their St. John’s Square showroom kitchen, outfitted with their Haberdasher cupboards, in Clerkenwell, London. It’s cozy, handsome, and characterful—the perfect kind of kitchen for the coming cold-weather months.

Photography courtesy of deVOL.

deVOL's Haberdasher Kitchen at St. John's Square-London Above: This showroom kitchen is housed on the top floor of a Victorian townhouse and features the Haberdasher’s Kitchen’s stand-alone modular pieces in oiled oak (the line is available in multiple finishes and colors). The three-legged Creedy Stools are by deVOL.
deVOL's Haberdasher Kitchen at St. John's Square-London Above: The midcentury-style oak cabinets, the company’s first foray into unpainted cupboards, have been finished with one-coat tinted oil. The countertops are honed Carrara marble; the marble on the island is extra thin (20mm) for an elegant look. The pendant light is simply a filament bulb purchased from a local hardware store. The stove is by Bertazzoni.
deVOL's Haberdasher Kitchen at St. John's Square-London Above: “The design all started with the curved wall by the cooker and the low windows,” says creative director Helen Parker. “We needed to accentuate both these original features whilst still allowing room for all the necessary kitchen storage and appliances.”
deVOL's Haberdasher Kitchen at St. John's Square-London Above: On the other side, the breakfast nook and sink area. “The views out onto the square from this vantage point are impressive, and we love the idea of sitting at the table watching the world go by with a cocktail and an old book,” says Parker.
deVOL's Haberdasher Kitchen at St. John's Square-London Above: The countertop on this side of the kitchen is copper, aged in deVOL’s metal studio. The charming drying rack is part of the Haberdasher line. To the left of the sink is an integrated dishwasher. (See New Luxury: Carrara Marble Farmhouse Sinks from deVol.)
deVOL's Haberdasher Kitchen at St. John's Square-London Above: The dining table and bench are both antiques. Both the UK and New York showrooms have vintage pieces for sale. (See New from deVol: A NYC Showroom and Porcelain Pendant Lights, Handmade in England.)
deVOL's Haberdasher Kitchen at St. John's Square-London Above: As in many of deVOL kitchens, Farrow & Ball paints play a prominent role. The walls are Down Pipe; the doors and trim Drop Cloth. The original floors have been painted a glossy black.

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