Country Homes & Interiors is 30 this year! In celebration, we’ve picked 30 of our all-time favourite design classics that have stood the test of time, thanks to their real sense of history, craftsmanship and purpose, to share with you over the coming weeks.
The butcher’s block
The heavy duty butcher’s block made a direct jump from the butcher’s shop into our homes and now offers an extra workstation, either freestanding or as a fixed area of worktop. Both are topped with a super-tough cutting board made up of blocks of end-grain timber – usually teak, maple or walnut – that don’t blunt your knives. In the style stakes, it has easy country charm. Mobile units such as the one shown here (Padstow in Putty, £549, Marks & Spencer) work well in small or large kitchens, bringing extra workspace with additional storage when you need it, and tucking neatly away when out of use. Be sure to take care of the wooden top by refreshing it with a new coat of oil every few months.