Smallbone Devizes oak kitchen hand painted: We were contacted by a client in Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire who had purchased a Smallbone of Devizes oak kitchen in 1986 and had enjoyed this kitchen’s beauty and high craftsmanship for nearly 29 years. Trends come and go but the quality lasts.
Smallbone of Devizes
Smallbone of Devizes has been associated with high end bespoke furniture for decades. But where did the name come from and how did they get started?
Let’s look at his first pioneering approach to kitchens. Smallbone Devizes oak kitchen
In 1975 an unemployed and in fact in his own words unemployable philosophy student found himself broke and living in Liverpool. With a view to earning some much needed cash he decided to attend a local auction and purchased a pine chest. He stripped it down and taking the proverbial ‘Ferry across the Mersey’. He had no problem selling it in the Wirral and making £13 profit into the bargain. Charlie Smallbone continued to supplement the family income this way until in 1976 he convinced Graham Clark that joining him was preferable to training as a barrister (now that’s a salesman).
Charlie’s affinity with the West Country, he had gone to school in Devizes, encouraged them to move there and together they acquired, renovated and sold furniture from their house. Together Charlie Smallbone and Graham Clark pioneered the idea of the individual personalised kitchen with freestanding kitchen cabinetry based on antique cupboards and tables.
A revolutionary concept in an era of L or U shaped kitchens composed of standard height units that could not and did not reflect the personality of the client. Smallbone Devizes oak kitchen
Their inventiveness and imagination stood them in good stead as the kitchen revolution gathered pace and plastic and Formica became embarrassingly outdated.
They concentrated on the quality of the materials and more importantly the workmanship. The client base that Smallbone concentrated on was the top end of the market; London townhouses, large country houses and as a result, the company grew at a pace. Their workshop on the Hopton Industrial Estate in Devizes initially manufactured kitchens which were then installed by Smallbone specialist craftsmen.
The company went from strength to strength and in the eighties, Smallbone conquered the United States, however shortly afterwards and in pursuit of other interests, Charlie Smallbone decided to sell up. This brings us to Rock and Bone, a fusion of luxury and high quality in a new kitchen and furniture range from Charlie Smallbone and Damian Lawrance of LaRock. A specialist joinery workshop in Yorkshire. Again, Charlie Smallbone is at the forefront of a new kitchen revolution. Thus doing away with the now standard kitchen cabinet in favour of uniquely designed fully bespoke pieces.
Transforming the kitchen
Our clients decided to have their kitchen painted to lighten it and also to change the handles.
After a consultation, we helped choose the paint colour and style of handles which would be sympathetic to the original design of the kitchen.
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Clients Review Smallbone Devizes oak kitchen
Our solid oak Smallbone kitchen at 29 years old was still in very good condition. But very much out of date and gloomy. He has a real eye for colour palettes. But more importantly he and his son Tom are true masters of their profession.
From start to finish their attention to detail was second to none. They were a pleasure to have in our home, clean, tidy and courteous. Kevin is conscientious, knowledgeable and works to an extremely high standard. He also has an obvious passion for colour and specialist decoration. The end result is absolutely incredible. We have what seems like a brand new kitchen for a fraction of the cost. A gloomy dated room transformed into one with light and warmth. I cannot recommend him highly enough. Smallbone Devizes
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A Smallbone Devizes oak kitchen.
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