Howe X PE Kitchen
A celebration of fine craftsmanship, domestic values and creative vision
“This kitchen collaboration is a culmination of inspiration that’s been simmering if not BUBBLING away for a long time…
It is a place to feed designers, clients and staff with great food and ideas – it will lead to a great deal of creative cooking in every sense!!” Christopher Howe
Both Howe and Plain English are uncompromising in their dedication to quality craftsmanship, seeking inspiration in nature and embracing seasonality; be that the availability of building materials or produce on the table. The design references values of the past, evolving to embrace modern ways of living, igniting imaginations and encouraging creativity. For Plain English, the location provides the perfect spot to meet with clients in a new part of London and for Howe, the space is a lively focus for events and suppers where authentic seasonal food is prepared by staff, craftsmen and clients alike.
Together, Katie and Christopher have drawn inspiration from C18th dressers, carefully sourcing functional hardware including nice old taps and a variety of handles, reclaimed teak for the utility room draining board and salvaged pitch pine for the long worktop which, untreated, will develop its own lived-in patina over time. The blackened steel shelf above the range cooker makes a particularly satisfying feature and the kitchen is united by a variety of antique and bespoke pieces bought in from the warehouse.
“For Katie it was an opportunity to make a perhaps more daring and unconventional design of kitchen than is currently on display at the Marylebone showroom, and for me who has seen some amazing kitchens over the years of visiting great country houses, it was a chance to bring a vision to life.” Christopher Howe
If you would like any more information about the Plain English X Howe kitchen please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the showroom to see it in action. Plain English can be available by appointment for personal design consultations at the Howe showroom.
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In collaboration with Hole & Corner Magazine
Usually taking place on the 21st October, Apple Day, once unknown to us philistines at HOWE, will never be overlooked again. On the evening of the 26th October we hosted a special supper in celebration of the apple in collaboration with our friends at Hole & Corner magazine.
Conceived by Common Ground in 1990, Apple Day has become an increasingly popular event. The apple can be seen as a symbol of our heritage, of English culture and nature’s diversity. A motif for all things handmade and thoughtfully designed, to be celebrated and protected. Our delightful guest list represented these values from three major standpoints – folklore, botany and craftsmanship. Apple Day champions the apple, its numerous varieties and uses.
A true feast, trestle tables stretching 28 ft from one end of the kitchen to the other, laden with crab apple branches, candles and many more apple varieties bought by Max at the market that morning. Strewn across the floor, autumnal leaves created a magical and warm atmosphere (helped along by the heat from the cooker).
Read more about our kitchen on REMODELISTA featuring a time-lapse of the project being installed