The deVOL Kitchen

The deVOL Kitchen


A stunningly photographed guide to designing and styling the most used and important room in the home. Showcasing the philosophy and fundamentals of deVOL's iconic values, design principles and now widely recognised kitchen styling, this book is for anyone who values great design and beautiful styling and craftsmanship, for those looking for inspiration for their own kitchen project and everyone who has discovered deVOL's For The Love of Kitchens TV series.

From total rebuilds to a more modest sink and cupboard upgrade, it will inspire you to design and style the space available to create a unique and stylish kitchen whatever your budget. Encouraging you to throw out the conventional rule book, draw your own plans and incorporate fitted and existing free-standing furniture and found objects to create a beautiful unique room that is perfect for your needs. With inspiration on how reorganise or elevate a current kitchen using colour, a single brass fitting, a decorated cupboard, a new light or piece of furniture to effortlessly style up for glamour or down for simplicity.

Written by deVOL founder Paul O'Leary, inspirational Creative Director, Helen Parker and Robin McLellan and illustrated throughout with stunning photography of many of the unique kitchens and furniture deVOL have designed and made over the last 34 years, including The Real Shaker, The Classic English, The Sebastian Cox and the Haberdasher's Kitchens. Accompanied by the stories of the woodwork, ceramic and metal designers and makers and a styling and decorating guide by Helen Parker, deVOL's inspirational Creative Director.

About the authors

Paul O’Leary

Paul O'Leary co-founded deVOL in 1989 and began specialising in freestanding kitchen furniture. By the late 90s, Paul became the sole proprietor and continued to focus on producing the highest quality cabinetry which reflected deVOL's affinity with simple Georgian and Victorian furniture. This strong design ethic has attracted clients from around the world to their Cotes Mill, London and New York showrooms and won him numerous kitchen and design awards. Paul has been a regular commentator on kitchen design in magazines and national newspapers, as well as on radio and TV, most recently starring in and helping to create deVOL's Emmy nominated TV series. Paul will forever be a product designer at heart, solving the simplest and most complex of design problems, always considering style, form, function and comfort. His innovative and unique ideas have been key in designing and developing deVOL's furniture ranges and ever-expanding collection of accessories.
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Helen Parker

Helen Parker is deVOL's Creative Director. Joining in 2004 as a kitchen designer, by 2011 she had become responsible for deVOL's style, creating one-of-a-kind showrooms, sourcing antiques and gifts and designing new pieces of furniture and accessories. Over the years, she has developed deVOL's look and voice, styling all their beautiful imagery, writing for their brochures and website, and is often featured in national and international press. Recently, Helen has been busy helping to produce and starring in deVOL's Emmy nominated TV series. Helen's passion and desire to create a special look for deVOL has proved to be the making of this company.
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Robin McLellan

Robin began his deVOL career as a placement student and his willingness to turn his hand to anything, passion for period furniture and lifelong interest in carpentry have allowed him to completely transform the way deVOL manufactures its furniture. Since becoming Managing Director in 2011, Robin has introduced state of the art machinery and methods into the workshops, which have enabled deVOL to grow exponentially. Robin has an understanding and love of traditional techniques and never loses sight of the importance of these, but knows just how to use them in a modern way to produce a beautiful product efficiently and accurately. When Robin is not setting up workshops or dealing with the day-to-day business of running deVOL, he can be found in the workshops designing and making prototypes, welding metal or turning wood. He is the force that drives deVOL each and every day.
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