Mad, maximalist pattern meets classic English country kitchen makes an unlikely pairing – but it works a charm.
When the owners of House of Hackney, a brand known for its bold and fabulous patterned interiors, decided to have a Classic English deVOL Kitchen, we were curious to see how the classic cabinetry would be adapted for an eccentric east London townhouse.
The finished result is certainly a different look for the kitchen brand – an eclectic mix of colours, textures and, of course, House of Hackney’s iconic statement prints – but that is the beauty of collaborations. When you push brands out of their comfort zones, magic happens (just look at deGournay’s fab shoe collab, IKEA’s collab with space-experts NASA, and the V&A’s design for a television.
House of Hackney is known for its bold and fabulous patterned interiors – think palm trees, monkeys, blousy blooms and wacky takes on traditional English patterns – so it’s unsurprising that the Victorian townhouse, named The Loddiges Townhouse, is a burst of colour and pattern.
The house has an air of old fashioned tradition, with tiled floors, gorgeous parquet, rich warm fabrics and wallpapered walls.
The owners, Frieda Gormley and Javvy Royle, cleverly layered bold textures and prints in the kitchen too, framing deVOL’s classic cabinetry.
Tall bespoke cupboards painted in Linen kept the room feeling bright and fresh, while House of Hackney’s brand new ‘Mamounia’ wallpaper gives the kitchen some serious zing.
Previously useless corners were given a new lease of life with bespoke storage, and the range cooker by Italian brand ILVE is just grand enough for this quintessentally English space.
The kitchen still maintains a very traditional feel, with solid wooden parquet floors, a range cooker, tiled splash back and a big pantry cupboard to house everything else. The beautifully worn tiles used for the splashback are from Fired Earth but look as though they could have been there for decades. The rest of the kitchen suits the theme with more classic items, from traditional French café chairs to old fashioned English crockery.
But the real pièce de résistance is the enormous kitchen island, made from hardwood which has been stained, rather than painted, to give it a slightly darker finish. It provides lots of extra handy storage, has an integrated copper sink and a breakfast bar area.
Behind it, elegant green doors led out to a pretty patio filled with tropical plants.
This house is actually the reason that House of Hackney exists as a company today. During an extensive renovation, the owners struggled to find the unique fabric and wallpaper they were longing for, and so House of Hackney was born. House of Hackney collections, which are featured in the house, can be shopped on the House of Hackney website
Classic English Kitchens by deVOL are handmade in our Loughborough workshops, prices start from £25,000. www.devolkitchens.co.uk – 01509 261000