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Q&A with our in-house designer, Andrew.

This month we caught up with Thomas James Bespoke's in-house designer, Andrew, talking all things design, recent projects and kitchen trends for 2023.

Q) Tell us about yourself

I have been designing interior spaces, primarily kitchens, for over twenty years and have worked for some of the most prestigious names in the industry. I love the excitement of transforming a space into one of the most desired rooms in anyone's home. And when I'm not working, I love spending time with my family – walking the dogs, entertaining, chilling and generally making new memories!

Q) What drew you to start designing for Thomas James Bespoke?

I first learned of Thomas James when we worked for the same client. I was working on an interior project, and they installed one of their outdoor kitchens at the same address. I was impressed by the team, their ethos, and the product quality and had a strange feeling that our paths may cross one day again. Fast forward a few years, and here I am, working as their senior designer in the Wilmslow showroom, and I haven't looked back since.

Q) What's your favourite project you've worked on and why?

It may sound cliche, but all of the projects I have worked on are special in their own kind of way. It is great to see each project from start to finish to build that unique bond with the client and to help them design the dream space, whether it be a kitchen, bedroom or study. I love a project with many elements, and all the rooms need to blend seamlessly into one style, yet each keeps its own functionality and purpose. Our Park Lane project is a perfect example of this.

Q) What kitchen trends are you looking forward to including in your designs through 2023?

Most clients want new spaces within their kitchens to make them super-multifunctional to take on the task of everyday family living. This could be a study area, media centre or an ideal blend of formal and casual dining. I'm also looking forward to introducing some different textures and materials into my projects, such as natural stones, illuminated panels and warmer paint shades.

Q) What would it look like if you could design your dream kitchen?

My dream kitchen would be simple and elegant, such as our Classic kitchen in a rich dark colour like our Magpie or Onyx. I love to design in zones and to make the space as lazy as possible – no one wants to clock up their 10,000 steps emptying the dishwasher, do they? I would ensure plenty of pantry storage, lots of prep and cooking space and most importantly, plenty of room for guests to be entertained – usually near the wine chiller. I would also need a dedicated area for the pooches incorporating the all-important sleeping zone so they can escape the hustle and bustle of family life and recharge their batteries!

Q) What is the most used appliance in your kitchen?

The fridge! These (along with the freezer) are essential appliances in any kitchen and are usually the most overlooked. They are working 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, so when purchasing one, I recommend getting the best you can, such as the Gaggenau Vario 400.

Get in touch with Andrew and discuss your upcoming kitchen renovation, via email:


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