English merchant and designer Jasper Conran (menswear, women’s wear, home goods) wrote a book about country life in 2010. Published pictures of his own historically important (18th century) country house, Ven, followed. The focus was on the glorious yellow living room and amazing antiques. But leave it to me to focus on the kitchen where I found a unique island and other juicy bits.
What fascinates me about the island in Jasper Conran’s kitchen is its two faces. The cooking side faces the sink wall and boasts a gas cooktop. That side has a back closed with decorative planking boards. The side facing the dining table is an open gallery with a typical English kitchen pot-storage shelf on the bottom and charming architectural columns used as supports for the top. The apron houses a trio of shallow drawers (likely for cutlery). One detail that’s loaded with personality is the fancy architectural cut-out below the drawers. Usually that apron bottom is straight but here it’s detailed with supports made to look like elegant Iconic columns. The entire island is topped with radius-edge wood counter. Unpainted natural wood drawer knobs match the top as well as two of the window casements and shutters.
Also notable at the kitchen sink are a pair of hot and cold brass pillar taps (which appear to be antique) installed alongside a modern cold-water filter faucet. The sink is mounted in a marble counter. A shelf below windows on the sink-wall provide a great spot for herbs. But to me, it’s the simplicity and the individuality of the island that makes the kitchen so distinctive.
(Source: World of Interiors)
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