Salvaged from an array of wonderful and inspiring museums these traditional pieces became redundant as archival techniques modernised.
Made by the finest Victorian joiners from precious hardwoods they can be reused as kitchen islands. Using these items allows a quality of joinery that would be incredibly expensive if bought new.
It might not be possible to use modular modern appliances in an old cabinet but it can sometimes work; original doors can clad integrated appliances, cutting away cabinet floor can create space and additional glazed section can be replaced with marble or hardwood top.
Modern elements; mirrored glazing, fabrics etc. can visually lighten the formal look.