I’ve long been an admirer of Tom Raffield’s lighting designs – indeed, I have my eye on the curvaceous and fluid Skipper pendant for the new yoga space – so I was interested to see the design studio launching a new product collection called The Green Range. This collection again showcases the brand’s signature curves and traditional steam bending craftsmanship but with a new addition: ceramics.
Every so often you come across a project that just connects. Aesthetically, it’s exactly your style. And, for me, this is one of those projects. I’ve been an admirer of The Sebastian Cox Kitchen by deVOL since I first laid eyes on it. This design sums up everything I love: craftsmanship, as each cabinet is beautifully handmade using British grown timbers; texture, as the design features a combination of sawn and woven timbers for an approach that’s both rustic and modern; and a subtle colour palette that draws out the beauty of the wood.
As Sebastian Cox has said of this collection and his collaboration with deVOL: “The whole kitchen is designed to look like it breathes. Together we’ve created something that feels clean, simple and light but is brimming with subtle texture to keep the choice of material front of mind.”
Many of my favourite period houses that I’ve seen over the years – especially those in urban locations – have featured extensions, usually to create new dining-kitchen spaces, and the reasons behind these projects have been similar: the existing kitchens were too small for modern living and often too gloomy, and many of these period homes had a poor connection with the external spaces. When you live in the city and have a garden, you want to enjoy it; you want that fluid indoor-outdoors connection.
And, of course, it’s not only about creating the nice big dining-kitchen: it’s about the whole flow of space internally. It’s about creating family orientated living zones and entertaining spaces. And this elegant three bedroom Victorian house in London’s Dartmouth Park, which is being marketed by The Modern House, ticks all these boxes.
Crafted: that feels like the best word to describe this Grade II-listed cottage located on Ivy Lane in the centre of the historic city of Canterbury, which is being marketed by The Modern House. Last month I wrote here about a contemporary townhouse on Old Church Street in London that had been designed with a focus on craftsmanship, and while this 16th century house is very different in style and period, that same sense of craftsmanship is evident throughout.