Sam Shaw - Founder, Director

A bit about me
Sam studied BSc (Hons) Environmental Science at Northumbria University Newcastle. He love’s buildings and has always been passionate about woodwork and spent much of his time post university renovating houses and working on all types of carpentry and joinery projects.  It Woodwork was born in 2006 with a toolbox and a small van, In 2008 with the help of a good friend they took on their first workshop and started working on bespoke commissions of all types from luxury tree houses to cafe bars and fine furniture then eventually in late 2008 their first bespoke kitchen. Sam is by his own admission obsessed with nature and would even go so far as to class himself as an amateur entomologist, he also enjoys world music and fine ale, especially together!

Why are kitchens important to Sam?
“There is something about the mix of creativity and function within kitchens that we find infectious.  I made my eldest son a play kitchen for his 2nd Birthday and whilst all other toys come and go only that one is still used daily, although now by my youngest son.  I believe that kitchens still have that same sense of playfulness for us adults too if they are designed well enough.”

What does Sam do in his spare time?
Sam’s absolute favourite pursuit is to head off into the woods with his hammock and kit bag for some wild camping, foraging and beastie encounters.

Nicky Spear - Managing Director

Nicky studied BA(Hons) Merchandising Management and worked in retail head offices for a number of years in London before switching her focus to sustainability. She’s worked for small start-ups for a number of years mainly focused on sustainability, community initiatives and food. Nicky started working for Sustainable Kitchens in 2014 and enjoying pushing the company in new exciting directions. Nicky became a Director of Sustainable Kitchens in July 2017 and Managing Director in March 2018.

Why are kitchens important to Nicky?
“Kitchens are the heart of any home for me, I love food and have spent a lot of time in both residential and commercial kitchens. They are integral to everything and I really enjoy working for a company that makes them so beautifully. I am so proud of the products we make and how our kitchens continue to inspire our customers and make them so happy.”

What does Nicky do in her spare time?
Nicky enjoys making new recipes, finding new places to eat out and to balance this out she has been known to practice martial arts. Nicky loves supporting her friends with projects & initiatives and is often found exploring ideas to help make ideas a reality. Nicky tries to be as active as possible and loves the great outdoors currently she can often be found playing softball on the downs in Bristol.

Jeremy Price - Design Manger

Jeremy started out working in marquetry, which gave him a real appreciation of woods and veneers and how to deliver detailed projects to a consistently high standard. After a few years in this specialism, he went on to study Contemporary Furniture Design at Bucks New University. He graduated with a first in 2010, moved to Bristol and have been designing bespoke kitchens and furniture ever since. Jeremy joined Sustainable Kitchens in Sept 2017. As Design Manager, his role is to support and guide the design team to deliver the high standard of work the company is known for.

Why are kitchens important to Jeremy?
“A well designed, skillfully crafted kitchen can turn a house into a real home for the person or family it belongs to. To really work, a kitchen has to suit every need of the homeowner and I really enjoy the process of bringing a bespoke room to life, from drawings to installation. I wholly believe the two most useful tools in design development are creativity and communication.”

What does Jeremy do in his spare time?
In his spare time, Jeremy likes to explore the many family friendly places and events on his doorstep in Bristol, with his partner, 5 year old son and 2 year old daughter. He also really enjoys pottery, juggling, uni-cycling and straw bale building.

Charlie Flemons - Designer

Charlie went to Loughborough University and studied Industrial Design & Technology. She then completed an internship in Graphic Design at Loughborough University, before starting work as a kitchen designer at deVOL Kitchens. Charlie joined Sustainable Kitchens in March 2016 and has been designing wonderful kitchens ever since.

Why are kitchens important to Charlie?
“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 does Charlie do in her spare time?
Charlie is very creative and in her spare time, she enjoys to make things, such as cards, jewellery and paintings – she is always looking to learn new crafts and creative skills. Charlie is very active and enjoys swimming, being outdoors and travel; she loves finding inspiration for her design work in nature and enjoys learning about new cultures.

 

Matt Higgins - Designer

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 me
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 I do in my 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.

Lindsay Anderson - Project Manager

I studied Graphic Design at college and then worked in London as a fashion and Sports clothing buyer for over fifteen years before taking a career break to start a family. I’ve always wanted to work in the design industry and Sustainable Kitchens combines a love of design and retail.

Why are kitchens important to me
I have always loved kitchens and the design of them and am still working towards my dream kitchen at home. I love to cook and it definitely helps to do so in a beautiful looking one.

What I do in my spare time
I love interiors and design and have a slight obsession with interior magazines and design TV programs, which means I’m always updating my home. I love to cook and spend time with my family and when I get some free time I love films and fashion.

Sarah Preece - Accounts Executive

I studied Accounting and Finance at UWE in Bristol, graduating in 2011. Since then I’ve spent some time in the beautiful Herefordshire countryside managing a small eco-tourism business, travelled a healthy amount and finally settled back in Bristol last year. I now work for Sustainable Kitchen’s part-time whilst also working self-employed with various ventures across Bristol, one of which being our very close friend – The Locals Cookbook.

Why are kitchens important to me
Kitchens for me are the hub of every home. My most fond memories are where my friends and family are together, cooking, eating, drinking and continuously laughing. I love to cook and have a passion for good food, so the kitchen for me is essential. The design can really change the feel of the space, so knowing something has been built with real craftsmanship, passion and a sense of environmental awareness can make an amazing difference.

What I do in my spare time
I enjoy exploring in most senses of the word. I love to travel, at home and away, from finding new walks in Bristol to flying away for a micro-adventure. I’m also passionate about having an open mind and trying my hand at everything I can. This year I have learnt to throw pottery in a new ceramics class, grow my own food in my new allotment and have just this week tried my hand at riding a motorbike. Next on my list, learning some woodworking skills – hopefully, I’m in right place!

 

Jake Shaw - Production Manager

I studied music at college. I then worked for an interior design company learning a wide variety of skills including; carpentry, metalwork and general building work. I then worked for a furniture making company in London where I learnt cabinet making, veneering and fine woodwork. While at this job I studied for my NVQ 2 in wood machining and cabinet making. I then had a short spell of working as a self employed carpenter before staring to work with Sam in 2012.

Why are kitchens important to me
I believe that the kitchen is the heart of the home. I think a kitchen should be a lot more than just somewhere to cook, I spend most of my time at home in my open plan kitchen/diner/living space and I love entertaining guests in that room. A kitchen should be as much form as function.

What I do in my spare time
I like designing and making my own furniture. I like to climb, play tennis and and many other outdoor sports. I play the guitar and enjoy writing and recording music as well as playing gigs. I’m a keen photographer  and am passionate about wildlife photography. I love eating out and socialising with friends and family. I love walking in the countryside and love to travel.

Phil Jarratt - Workshop Supervisor

After years of enjoying woodwork at school up to A Levels, I went on to study a Higher National Diploma in Furniture Making and restoration at Leeds College of Art and Design. 10 years on I have worked in some of the highest end workshops in England, Australia and New Zealand. Being lucky enough to build kitchens, furniture and full house interiors for some of the most desirable properties in the world.

Why are kitchens important to me
The reason I enjoy cabinet making is because I get to build and help solve customers storage issues around the home whilst making them a piece of art at the same time.This is particularly satisfying when building a kitchen as it is almost always the most used and viewed room in a house.

What I do in my spare time
In my spare time my favourite thing to do is to keep fit. I am regularly found crossfitting, running, hiking and playing badminton. I’m also a very keen cricketer and golfer in the summer months when time and weather allows. When not exercising I love to play and listen to music. I play guitar and bass.

 

Connor Andrews - Furniture painter

At sixth form I studied performing arts, English literature, music photography and forensic science at A level and AS level. When I finished sixth form I started work as an apprentice at Bristol marble. It was all on the job training, learning all the the different functions and job roles as well as learning about the different stones, marble and man made material.

Why are kitchens important to me
Kitchens are in a lot of the homes, the life of the household. Many people chill out and eat in kitchens whilst catching up with each other and on how their day as been. Dinner parties and house parties tend to revolve around the kitchen because of drink and food of course!

What I do in my spare time
I keep as active as I can and go to the gym and play lots of football. Spending a lot of time with friends is something I do plenty of, whether that’s in the pub playing pool, going to the cinema or even just chilling at a friends house. On the odd occasion, I like to go bowling, for a bike ride and to as many gigs and music events as I can.

Ben Fisher - Cabinet Maker

I am originally from London, where I studied at the Building Crafts College to achieve a City & Guilds Fine Woodwork Diploma. After showing my work at the New Designers exhibition, I was lucky enough to get some commissions, a personal highlight being a free standing jewellery cabinet in American Black Walnut. Since moving to Bristol I have worked in several different areas of joinery, from conservation standard sash windows to commercial shop fitting.

Why are kitchens important to me
It’s where you’ll find me at parties, and I like cooking and baking. A well designed, quality made kitchen can really help the process.

What I do in my spare time
In my spare time I enjoy playing music, reading and also writing my own stories. I enjoy designing and making my own pieces, most recently I made my own guitar.

Barney Moore - Workshop Maker

I grew up near by in Stroud and after studying Art and Design at A Level went on to do a degree in Product & Furniture Design in London. The course had practical hands on elements as well as a more conceptual side which gave me a varied outlook and skill base. After working a variety of jobs in carpentry, gallery design, festival decor production and even as a librarian I moved to Bristol and began work as a D&T technician – assisting in teaching GCSE and A Level Product Design students. I absolutely love the alternative, friendly and creative attitude of Bristol and wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. 

Why are kitchens important to me
A house needs a good kitchen; it’s a communal place that should be at the centre of any home. In the modern day when space is at a premium kitchens have become multi functional rooms, used for living, not just cooking. For me this offers an interesting opportunity for design and problem solving. The challenge is to utilise space efficiently whilst making a functional, beautiful and comfortable environment.

What I do in my spare time
I have a pretty busy social life and am always out and about seeing friends. Possessing a broad love of music, I listen to anything from Folk to Disco and have collected records since my late teens. I now own a worrying amount, with thousands of them slowly taking over my house! To try and put this to use I regularly put on events around Bristol, DJing and doing a bit of event production. Otherwise I can be found making furniture, drawing and painting or at the pub sipping tasty ales.

 

Ben Barrett - Cabinet Maker

I have always been interested in woodwork. Since I was in junior school I have enjoyed making projects, I often helped my Grampy making various things, including a model canal boat. I decided to pursue my interest by completing an apprenticeship in cabinet making and my passion grew from there. Over the years I have gained skills and experience working with various skilled cabinet makers and whilst working on my own ventures.

Why are kitchens important to me
Cabinet making is important to me as it is a passion of mine. I love making freestanding furniture that can be a family heirloom, enjoyed for many years. I use my passion to create bespoke kitchens to suit individual needs, making them unique and tailored for each customer.

What I do in my spare time
In my spare time I like to go mountain biking on the trails at Cwmcarn and Forest of Dean. I also like to to go camping and I enjoy walking, especially the Black Mountains as it is where I spent a lot of my childhood.

 

Wes Reuben - Kitchen Installer & Site Joiner

I have mainly worked in automotive and building/construction industries. I have studied towards an NVQ level 3 in vehicle body repair and a Diploma in carpentry and joinery. I have had many jobs in my career up to now, but for the last ten years I have been working in residential building and maintenance. So far this is where I have been most happiest as I enjoy that it allows me to grow and express my passion my building and creating. As I have grown older and wiser I’ve become much more aware of my surrounding and responsibilities. I strongly believe we all need to start living with this planet and not against it, which makes me feel proud to be part of the team at Sustainable Kitchens.

Why are kitchens important to me
I am a massive foodie, I love to create and experiment with new ideas. When I’m not working I’m always in the kitchen, I would definitely say I have a big passion for cooking and believe this helps me to understand how a kitchen needs to work from a cooks prospective, I also think the kitchen is a great place to chill and even entertain which is why many refer to it as the heart of the home.

What I do in my spare time
I enjoy spending time with family and socialising with friends. I like to cycle and swim when I can.

 

Gianluca Dessena - Kitchen Installer

I am originally from Italy and moved to England at the age of 16. I worked in property maintenance for over five years, which helped me to develop a range of manual skills and work towards a Level 2 Diploma in Plumbing. I am looking forward to taking these skills to the next level at Sustainable Kitchens.

Why are kitchens important to me
Spending time in the kitchen with my family was a big part of growing up in Italy and was where my love of food and cooking began. The kitchen has always been the centre of my home and I really enjoy spending time there making recipes passed down through my family as well as trying out new ideas.

What I do in my spare time
I like to read, particularly crime and historical fiction. I also like to explore new places, from cities to small countryside villages, and to try out new coffee shops, bars and restaurants.

Joe Hoyle - Final Assembly Supervisor

I studied Art and Photography at college and completed a foundation year before moving to London to study photography. I loved photographing architecture and printing my own photographs in the darkroom. Shortly after moving back to Somerset I enrolled in a City & Guilds Furniture Making course which gave me a good grounding in furniture making. I decided I wanted to pursue this as a career and managed to secure a job at a woodworking firm relatively quickly where I was lucky enough to work on many varied projects from kitchens to architectural joinery.

Why are kitchens important to me
I have always enjoyed being involved in the making process of kitchens because good kitchens are a combination of design, practically and aesthetics. I spend a lot of time cooking in our kitchen which is an original 1930’s design. It has a fold out table and ironing board which I think are great, as many contemporary kitchens have a need for clever space saving solutions, but few are as extreme as having a fold out dining table!

What I do in my spare time
My partner and I enjoy visiting botanical gardens, the Berlin Botanical Gardens being our most recent highlight, and we are looking forward to a trip to Kew gardens soon. Recently I’ve started growing trees for Bonsai and I also grow cacti and succulents. There are many great pubs and breweries in Bristol which I enjoy visiting.

Dan Sands - Final Assembly Technician & Workshop Maker

My higher education started at Leeds College of Art studying a national diploma, where after completion I decided to work in a local bike shop building and repairing bikes. Feeling creative again I then completed a degree in product and furniture design which I finished in 2016. Straight after this, I moved to Brittany, France where I built my own workshop and worked on commissioned furniture restoration amongst other small projects. In between this I also worked with a building and landscape company working on larger scale projects.

Why are kitchens important to me
For me a kitchen is a workshop with different tools. It is a creative and communal space where we can spend a lot of time and it important that it works for our needs.

What I do in my spare time
At weekends you will see me pedalling towards the nearest green hill on my mountain bike, followed by a fine pint of ale.

Jon, Sam & Charlie

Working in partnership with..

Jon Lewin & The Locals Cook Book

Jon is a chef and photographer who has travelled the world indulging in his love of food and surfing. His extensive travels through south east Asia and Sri Lanka inspired him to write The Locals Cook Book, so he could share the recipes and stories he had gathered a long the way.

The Locals Cook Book is the first in a series of travel documentary style cookbooks which combine authentic local recipes and beautiful photography along with fascinating accounts of local culture and the stories behind the people that Jon has met.

thelocalscookbook.com

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