Meet our Design Team

Sam Shaw - Founder, Head Designer

When might you see me?
Even if you don’t directly deal with me during your initial design consultation I am involved with every design project. I am responsible for all initial home design consultations and will be involved in most revisions meetings to make sure you are getting the most out of the design process.

A bit about me:
I studied BSc (Hons) Environmental Science at Newcastle, but I have always been passionate about woodwork and spent much of my time post university renovating houses and working for myself on all types of carpentry and joinery projects.  I started It Woodwork in 2006 with a toolbox and a small van, In 2008 I joined forces with Charlie and we got our first workshop, we changed the business name to Sustainable Kitchens in 2014.

Why are kitchens important to you?
My first big renovation project was a lot of fun but the kitchen design in particular was a real thrill for me. I have enjoyed learning to use design software and creating family spaces for all the amazing people I have met over the years.

What you do in your spare time?
My absolute favourite pursuit is to head off into the woods with my hammock and kit bag for some wild camping, foraging and bushcraft.

Charlie Flemons - Senior Designer

When might you see me?
I am responsible for initial design consultations both remotely and in our showroom in Bristol, if you come into the showroom then I will be on hand to answer any queries you may have, I also assist Sam with his home consultations. If I’ve worked through your designs with you then I would also be involved throughout the project.

A bit about me:
I went to Loughborough University and studied Industrial Design & Technology. I then completed an internship in Graphic Design at Loughborough University, before starting work as a kitchen designer at deVOL Kitchens. I joined Sustainable Kitchens in March 2016.

Why are kitchens important to you?
A kitchen is the centrepiece of any home. It’s the place we go to fuel and sustain our bodies, to create and experiment with new recipes, and the place we congregate to socialise at parties. The kitchen has so many different roles to play and the diversity of the space is what makes them such a joy to work with.

What you do in your spare time?
In my spare time, I like to make things, such as cards, jewellery and paintings – but I’m always looking to learn new crafts and creative skills. I enjoy swimming, being outdoors and travel; I love finding inspiration for my design work in nature, and love learning about new cultures.

 

Jess Couceiro - Designer

When might you see me?
I am responsible for initial design consultations both remotely and in our showroom in Bristol, if you come into the showroom then I will be on hand to answer any queries you may have. If I’ve worked through your designs with you then I would also be involved throughout the project.

A bit about me:
I graduated from Brighton University in Interior Architecture in 2014 and since then have been travelling, selling art work and working as a freelance artist.

Why are kitchens important to you?

A well designed kitchen creates a central hub to host a versatile life.  Having a space to cook, work and socialize creates life, and turns a house into a home.

What you do in your spare time?
I have an allotment which is currently taking up most of my spare time, designing and planning how the outdoor space will work, building beds and a shed and generally learning about plants and growing. This is a personal project I took on, to challenge my own creativity, and to have the opportunity to grow my own food. Trying to take a more mindful approach to how I live.

 

Matt Higgins - Designer

When might you see me?
I am responsible for initial design consultations both remotely and in our showroom in Bristol, if you come into the showroom then I will be on hand to answer any queries you may have. If I’ve worked through your designs with you then I would also be involved throughout the project.

A bit about me:
I studied Furniture and Product Design at Nottingham Trent Design, before working as a designer at Cantilever Bars. I started at Sustainable Kitchen in January 2017. My aim as a designer is to create spaces and designs that are of heirloom quality, designs that will last for years to come, designs you can’t resist cherishing.

Why are kitchens important to you?
Kitchens are the place to meet. For me it is where the most fun happens, whether it is gathering around preparing a hearty curry or having friends around for a refreshing cocktail, the kitchen is the main gathering point in the house. At the same time it is a place you can play and experiment all whilst dancing and singing your heart out, hopefully without being spotted!

What you do in your spare time?
I like to keep busy and get my hands dirty, amongst many things I enjoy playing the violin and I have a pottery studio based in Clifton, Bristol where I throw my own ceramic designs under the Muddy Duck Ceramics brand. There is always something baking in the oven at home, nothing is harder to beat than the urge to have that irristable smell of freshly baked bread in the air! In order to burn off all those delicious baked goods a large proportion of my time is also spent outdoors, walking/cycling and otherwise exploring whenever I can.

Rui Alves - Designer

When might you see me?
I am responsible for initial design consultations both remotely and in our showroom in Bristol, if you come into the showroom then I will be on hand to answer any queries you may have. If I’ve worked through your designs with you then I would also be involved throughout the project.

A bit about me:
I studied design at Madeira University in Portugal, but before that I was a sailor for seven years in the Portuguese Navy. In my last year at the university I worked in an architecture and design studio with interior design, 3D modelling and 3D printing. I believe that through design I am able to bring happiness and excellence to people’s lives in a sustainable way. I started working at Sustainable Kitchens in February 2017.

Why are kitchens important to you?
Kitchens are very special for me. It is where you cook with your loved ones, can be creative, also where you can travel the world with different flavours and dishes. I love to cook and to eat homemade food so having the right environment is essential for me. Recently I have been experimenting with vegetarian food. I have been even more amazed how easy and fun it can be to create good food with just a wooden spoon, couple of ingredients and your imagination. A great kitchen is without a doubt what makes you say that you are at home.

What you do in your spare time?
In my spare time you will probably see me building and fixing things at home. I enjoy swimming, going for long walks, going out with friends our just watching a good movie with popcorn. I love travelling, meeting new people, getting to know different cultures and cuisines. Oh and did I mention that I love baking cookies?

Find out more about our design process here.

Sustainable Kitchens, Avondale Works, Woodland Way, Kingswood, Bristol BS15 1PA
hello@sustainablekitchens.co.uk
0117 961 6471
Best of Houzz Design 2016, Best of Houzz Service 2015/16
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