Guild Anderson: Designers and Makers of Bespoke Kitchens
Guild Anderson make bespoke fitted and free-standing furniture from workshops on the Fonthill Estate. Client commissions include single cabinetry projects to substantial house renovations, but the core of the business remains in designing quintessentially English kitchens.
‘We are passionate about creating kitchens that are practical and easy to use and also look fabulous,’ explains Nick Anderson, owner and Head of Design, ‘and where Guild Anderson stands apart is in the breadth and diversity of our designs. We don’t offer design ‘ranges’ as we feel bespoke should mean personal and unique, based instead on our client’s style and the architecture of the house’.
Creating a kitchen sympathetic to the house is key to Guild Anderson’s design approach: the new room can both reflect the house’s heritage and appear modern, simple and spacious.
The company’s design portfolio shows the sheer diversity of their work. Kitchen cabinets can be handle-less, curved, hand-painted, finished in solid wood, or veneered making the most of stunning new veneer finishes on the market. Here, bespoke means designed specifically for each client.
Nick Anderson remains personally involved in every project, meeting new customers and interpreting hopes and wishes into final designs. He takes care from the outset to listen to what a client wants and takes a very practical approach, ‘We accommodate how people really live in our designs – everyone has a mobile phone and house keys, so it is important to include a spot to leave them as much to keep work surfaces clear. It helps to think through which door do you enter the kitchen with the supermarket bags, where plates will be stored and how large they are.’ As an illustration of bespoke but practical design, Nick describes how a traditional plate rack was specifically crafted in oak and handmade to fit the client’s plates, with a mixture of slot sizes for different plates and bowls.
Guild Anderson are fortunate to design and install cabinetry at the higher end of the market where particularly in a new build, extension or Listed building, the layout can be planned to create a room as much about style as necessity.
Nick believes the best approach to design is to avoid peculiarities other kitchen companies sometimes fall into trying to get around a problem such as housing pipes or appliances. ‘The key,’ he says ‘is to keep things in proportion and cabinetry lines looking consistent, there shouldn’t be any oddities. This is down to good instinct and judgement as much as good design. Moreover, a bespoke, handcrafted kitchen isn’t just a pleasure. An older building may have all sorts of nooks and crannies that would be impossible to find a solution for, other than with specifically designed furniture that looks good and fits like a glove.’
Guild Anderson deliver something that an off-the-shelf cabinetry solution can never achieve: original style and individuality. Every piece of furniture made in the Wiltshire workshop is created from scratch and tailored for each client. As well as kitchens, the design team also design laundries, boot-rooms, dressing rooms, studies and home cinemas for clients.
‘Our satisfaction is not only a finished room, it is the service we provide along the way and in hitting the right note, knowing that we have achieved a realisation of someone’s dreams,’ Nick concludes.
Based between Shaftesbury and Salisbury, Guild Anderson’s heartland counties are Wiltshire, Hampshire, Dorset, Oxfordshire, Somerset and the Bath area.