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The award winning Knaresborough-based Inglish Design talk us through one of their favourite bespoke projects.

Having worked in the bespoke design manufacturing industry for 20 years, husband and wife Susan and Graham Ingle pride themselves on high standards and an eye for detail. With a talented team of cabinet makers and finishers, and a beautiful showroom, clients can visit by appointment and view stunning examples of their work in person.

Under the name of Inglish Design, Susan and Graham have been designing and manufacturing beautiful kitchens, bedrooms and furniture for 10 years. From the initial design, through manufacture to the installation, they regularly create made-tomeasure kitchens, wardrobes, dressing rooms and bookcases, and the design and cabinetmaking skills of their team allow them to make furniture and joinery solutions for all sorts of spaces and projects.

Tell me about your favourite recent project. One of our most recent projects really showcases the versatility of the business. Working with this particular client on their new-build home, we were commissioned to design and manufacture a large kitchen, walk in pantry, bookcases, a study, a utility/boot room, a dressing room and several wardrobes for guest bedrooms. We love projects like this, where we can take on ‘full house’ solutions. But we also work on projects where our clients return to us over the years to work on further rooms, or even come back to us with new home projects when they move house.

Why do you think you have so many returning customers?
Customer service is hugely important to us, and is key to customers returning. We’re very lucky to have many loyal clients in Harrogate and beyond who recommend our work to friends and family, or simply return to us for further work on their own homes. This particular project came to us via direct referral from another multi-room house, which we completed the year before.

What were the clients looking for here?
High on the wish list for the clients was the large bespoke kitchen. A walk in pantry was a must within the room and the client wanted this to be concealed as part of the kitchen furniture. As well as this a large island was required to be used for food preparation, but also to have space for integrated seating for at least three people. A breakfast cupboard was also included, for storing small electrical items such as the toaster, and also crockery and cutlery. So much time was invested on getting the kitchen perfect as it forms the ‘hub’ of this home. The client then wanted the style to flow through the other rooms in the house, and loved the ability to design and detail everything to measure, which is why we became involved with the subsequent rooms.

It sounds like the kitchen was key to this project.
Absolutely. Our clients were looking for a kitchen with a real wowfactor which would also be great for entertaining. There is a dining area to one end with large bifold doors opening onto their garden, and then the kitchen also leads onto the entrance hall, lounge and main staircase. So as well as striking aesthetics the space needed to flow and be practical.

Can you tell me about the use of colour in the space?
Farrow & Ball eggshell-finish paint was used on the kitchen, and all of the hand-painted furniture for this project. Rather than use one colour throughout the kitchen we took inspiration from the colours in the granite and flooring to choose several colours for the kitchen and dining area. The natural granite worktops look great, with the island slab in one large piece and a feature breakfast bar table in oak set into one end. The large bespoke Beaux Arts-style canopy was made specially by extractor specialists Westin, and a splashback was used in matching granite. The island was painted in Brinjal No.22, which takes its name from the skin of Aubergine, this was then complemented by using warm creams and earthy tones such as Charleston Gray, Dovetail and Skimming Stone.

The kitchen is adjacent to a large lounge – how did you make these spaces flow together?
The opening to the lounge from the kitchen is double width, so the client wanted to be able to enjoy both open space but also to close this room off. We manufactured large sliding doors which were within a door frame and architrave on the kitchen side, then on the lounge these recessed into a large bookcase which spans up and over the doorway. The bookcase is spectacular – it spans the entire length of the living space creating a stunning feature. As well as providing storage, it has integral lighting which provides not only a dimmable light source, but also a beautiful way to display books, ornaments and picture frames.

What challenges did you come across with this project?
The dressing room was quite tricky, as both sides of this room had angled ceilings, sloping in two different directions. We also added a ‘secret room’ into the rear of one of the wardrobes, which had to be concealed yet totally accessible. We did this via a panel on the back of a wardrobe which is actually a door. The shape of the room involved templating all angles carefully before manufacturing. The wardrobe integrals were then designed to include storage for shoes, hanging rails, drawers, tie racks and jewellery, while two large mirrors were built into the wall at either side of the entrance door. Every detail was considered meticulously. The room looks fabulous and provides maximum storage in an otherwise difficult to use space.

What the clients thought...
‘We wanted one partner to provide all the bespoke cabinetry for our new-build home, and were struggling to find a company that could provide a complete, house-wide solution. Inglish Design were recommended by a friend and very shortly after meeting Susan we knew they were the right supplier for us. Her innovative designs and beautiful interpretations of practical requirements, along with Graham’s incredible craftsmanship and attention to the smallest of details, have given us the dream home we were looking for.’

Inglish Design
Units 11 & 15, Steads Yard,
Knaresborough HG5 0HS
01423 864951

Published in: November 2017

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