13-Jul-2012 | News-Press Release

11 July,2012- London: Inspired by the galley cupboards on a 1946 racing yacht from the world-renowned designers, Sparkman and Stephens, Plain English’s Southwold Kitchens in London will sit as comfortably in a little beach hut by the sea as it will in a large, contemporary urban space.

The hand painted range has its roots in Gweek boatyard in Cornwall where Plain English’s Creative Director and co-founder, Katie Fontana, winters her boat.  In the autumn of 2003 the exquisite 52’ Comet came into Gweek for a refit – the timing couldn’t have been more fortuitous.

After an inspirational visit to the San Francisco Maritime Museum some years earlier, Katie had been thinking about using yacht interiors for a new bespoke kitchen range.  But it wasn’t until she saw Comet’s discarded cupboards on the quayside at Gweek and had had a look at their unusual detailing, that she knew she’d found exactly what she’d been looking for.

“When I design joinery, it’s the smallest design details that interest me the most. I loved the vertical slots on Comet’s doors because her designers had used a practical boat device (ventilation slots are common features on boat cupboards where good air circulation is needed to prevent wood from rotting) and turned it into something beautiful and decorative.”

The Southwold kitchen was named after the quintessentially English seaside town of Southwold in Suffolk where beach huts, sailing boats and the long, shingle beach are highlights of this picture postcard setting.

About The Company:

Plain English is a traditional joinery company that specialises creative kitchen design in London, bespoke kitchens, ranging from country house kitchens and shaker style kitchens to contemporary kitchens. Using the time-honoured Georgian techniques of furniture making, their designs are simple and long-lasting, with cupboards handmade and hand-painted in Suffolk from the finest quality materials. If anyone looking for luxury kitchens in London they can visit their office. Their Head Office and workshop are based at their Suffolk showroom, Stowupland Hall, and they have a further showroom in Marylebone, London.


Carina Evison
Plain English
Stowupland Hall
Stowmarket, IP14 4BE
01449 774028

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