Although I've admired the work of British kitchen designers Plain English before, this recent project from their fall catalogue caught my eye this week. Located in an old schoolhouse in South London, it showcases the attention to detail, tailoring and refinement of materials that Plain English are known for. Featuring pale herringbone wood flooring and contrasting black cabinetry, the under-the-counter cupboards are from Plain English’s Spitalfields line and the island is from the Osea range. The beautiful Carrara marble splashback is paired with white walls and exposed industrial beams. Carrara was also used on the benchtops, with the luxurious Arabescatto marble featuring on the island worktop.
Established in 1992, first setting up shop in an old tannery and then later in a rather grand Georgian farmhouse deep in the Suffolk countryside, Plain English grew as they gradually converted outbuildings, barns and stables into workshops and design studios. A place where they still make all their cupboards and kitchens today, directors Katie Fontana and Tony Niblock say "it's often the re-imagining of life in this old building in its heyday - a life of genteel and bohemian aristocracy - that frames much of the inspiration for our work. The plain Georgian architecture, the simple domesticity and of course, a very English fascination with nature, with the weather and the seasons drifting across the landscape. Our aesthetic references the values of the past and gently evolves to embrace the modern ways we live now.” Here's another example of one of their stunning kitchens.
Great news for the US, Plain English has opened an office in NYC, with kitchens currently in progress in Brooklyn, Greenwich, Phoenix, Austin, SF, and LA. All the cabinetry is made to order at the company’s farm estate in Suffolk, then shipped over. Find out more on their recently unveiled new website.