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Made in Britain
Posted by Hayley Gilbert Thursday, 27th August 2015
There are many reasons to choose Rangemaster, the world’s oldest cooker manufacturer. One of which is its heritage and the fact that their range cookers are still made in Royal Leamington Spa, 181 years after the very first Kitchener was created in 1830. To celebrate the very best of British, this month we take a look at some of the kitchen industry’s leading UK designs with something for every style and budget…
A multi-award winning British design and manufacturing company, Roundhouse creates bespoke kitchens as well as other furniture. Made up of independent British designers, architects and craftspeople, their approach embraces the house, the home and the whole creative process from concept to completion. All furniture is made to order at its own factory in Malvern, an area with a long heritage associated with furniture making.
With 25 years experience in the bag, deVOL has grown from humble beginnings to become a renowned design-led manufacturer of bespoke kitchens, designed and built in Leicestershire. In 2012 the company bought a historic 16th century water mill on the banks of the River Soar and the showroom now covers four floors displaying Shaker styles and an eclectic mix of vintage furniture, gifts and homewares.
What started life in a farm workshop in Wiltshire back in 1996 has now become a team of over 100 designers, carpenters and painters who use the finest raw materials, the most talented craftsmen and the best traditional techniques to create four stunning kitchen designs – Chichester, Henley, Limehouse and Suffolk.
In August this year, Swedish lifestyle giant Ikea collaborated with Brit designer Ilse Crawford to launch the Sinnerlig collection, offering high-end design at typical Ikea prices. There are more than 30 pieces to choose from in natural materials such as cork, solid acacia wood, mouth blown glass, bamboo, seagrass and cotton.
Heal’s has a long-standing history of working with emerging design talent while offering customers well-made and good quality design. Its annual Heal’s Discovers programme highlights the ongoing commitment to design education by offering the next generation a platform to showcase their skills and creativity. The Pinner collection is a celebration of Heal’s heritage designed by Kirsty Whyte – featuring traditional painted furniture without the shabby chic look.
UNIQUE & UNITY
For kitchen textiles made in the UK, such as tea towels, aprons and oven gloves, check out Unique & Unity who specialise in unusual graphics and statement designs.
I can’t wait to read Robert Welch – Design: Craft and Industry by Charlotte and Peter Fiell (pub: Laurence King, £30), which comes out this month. The official launch takes piace during London Design Festival and coincides with Welch’s 60th anniversary.
If you can get into London this November, check out Handmade In Britain – the contemporary crafts and design fair which is held in Chelsea Old Town Hall from 13-15 November. Handpicked by a panel of experts, the show is the perfect opportunity to meet over 120 of the UK’s finest designer-makers and discover beautiful bespoke pieces for the home.