The new Guild Anderson Showroom is very much an active meeting and design planning space. Current commissions in different stages of production are plainly visible through the glass doors. The business has invested a great deal in tools and technology over the past eight years and the new showroom is an excellent example of their precise eye for cabinetry design.
‘We wanted to give customers the opportunity to see how our furniture is made and have a clear picture of how we work’, says owner and Head of Design, Nick Anderson.
Nick goes on to explain: ‘There are many kitchen companies who can offer a fitted kitchen. Here, the difference is obvious: each piece is truly bespoke and fits precisely to the millimetre. There are few companies like Guild Anderson who have both the design skill and flexibility in making to adapt to a customer’s detailed requirements, for example, to craft a cabinet door covering the Aga controls, for storage cupboards in an unusual shaped room, or to hide an irregular chimney piece in an old Rectory’.
Nick adds ‘We chose to site our small (but perfectly formed!) Design Showroom within the workshop so that customers can see their kitchen or table being made – from the raw timber through to the finished item’.
The Showroom is designed to show Guild Anderson’s design creativity and adaptability: though they offer a choice of kitchen ‘styles’, from Modern Shaker to Below Stairs, clients cite the reason they enjoy working with Guild Anderson and return with new projects, is their flexible, individual and very personal approach to a design project.
The kitchen cabinetry is in ‘Old Rectory’, with drawers and shelves in solid oak, stained dark, allowing the warmth of the wood to come through. The glass handles are hand made in Cornwall and reflect a pale honed Italian marble worksurface.
Also on display are examples of stand-alone commissions, including a ‘Below Stairs’ kitchen island, based on original Victorian kitchen furniture at the National Trust’s Lanhydrock in Cornwall; and Guild Anderson’s distinctive oak ‘Trunk Table’ (pictured). Nick and his team share an attention to detail, and their appreciation of working with different wood is clearly visible as he describes how the white oil finish draws out the colour of the pippy oak top to complete this table design.
The Design Showroom has been built to demonstrate Guild Anderson’s belief that whatever they are making – kitchens, bootrooms, studies or tables – should be built not just to look good and withstand years of hard use, but to be practical too.