Four thousand miles from our Newcastle showroom lies the tiny airport of another Newcastle, in the Caribbean island of Nevis. 8 miles long by 6 miles wide, relatively un-developed and steeped in history, this small and friendly island is blessed by having the extinct volcano Mount Nevis towering to 2323 ft. in its centre with wonderful walks and climbs through verdant tropical rain-forest but fringed all around with classic Caribbean beaches.
A few minutes drive from the airport is Oualie Bay which in recent years has become the second home to Newcastle Furniture Company director Jeremy Pearce. Overlooking the bay and the charming Oualie Beach Resort hotel is ‘Tamarind’, designed by Jeremy and constructed from Greenheart wood sourced and shipped in from Guyana. This elegantly conceived house with furniture all detailed with the same straightforward, timeless and classic style as the villa itself, has breath-taking sunset views across the channel to neighbouring sister island St Kitts. Newcastle Furniture Company were busy from the beginning of the two year construction phase, designing and making all the fitted furniture and most of the free-standing – for the living room, three bedrooms and bathrooms.
The open plan living room and kitchen flooded with light and entered from the veranda, is a wonderful social area for friends and family to congregate and is furnished in distinctive Newcastle Furniture style.
A blend of contemporary design and time-honoured craftsmanship features throughout the interior, with examples such as the moveable louvre doors which allow for refreshing breezes to circulate, side-by-side with traditional sash windows with modern detailing all made by Newcastle Furniture and shipped out from Newcastle to Newcastle.
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A kitchen installed recently in Kensington for a client we worked with in their country home in Oxfordshire four years previously.
Looking back over 2014 we were very happy to see that well over half of the installations carried out by our three showrooms – Edinburgh, Newcastle and London - have been either from returning clients or from people directed to us by previous clients.
Many were from those who have moved house and needed entirely new kitchens, bedrooms, or studies or simply wanted furniture for another room in their original house.
It’s great to build up a good working relationship with our clients and the fact they keep returning goes to show that our style and approach to fitting well-designed, bespoke free-standing and fitted furniture of the very highest quality has been appreciated by them too.
We expect to see more returning clients in 2015!
Over the last few years, kitchens have become ever bigger, embracing first dining tables, then sofas, huge TVs and even desks. Latterly, they have joined forces with the outdoors with the now commonplace, virtually invisible, bi-fold doors.
The next logical step is to move some of the cooking to the garden and, as designers, we wanted to find a solution that was as stylish as it was functional – a million miles from the traditional barbecue – and then we discovered Morso. In our opinion Morso ticks every box. It really is exceptionally stylish so makes a strong statement. But, it works brilliantly too which is the most important thing. Form does, after all, follow function.
Therefore, we’re now selling some selected items but the Morso Forno oven & pizza oven and the Morso Grill Forno are our favourites and the ones we think our customers will love best. Therefore, we’ve got them on display in our Bath Lane showroom so do come along and see for yourself. They’re made from solid cast iron and are wood burning.
The Forno Oven
The design for this is based on the principle of an Italian stone oven, but with a contemporary ‘globe’ shape. It can be placed on any suitable, non-combustible surface but also has its own table/cabinet option – perfect for storing cooking utensils and ingredients. As it heats up, it churns out radiant heat, keeping the patio warm on a cool summer’s night or a chilly winter lunchtime. Then, when it’s reached its optimum temperature, the wood can be pushed to one side to make room for bread or pizzas (though with the Tuscan grill grate accessory meat, fish and vegetables can be cooked too).
The Grill Forno
This cast iron grill is fitted on a base supported by three, elegant yet sturdy teak legs, securely held together with a stainless steel ring. Three hangers are fitted on to the ring from which grill tools and the door for the Grill Forno can be hung. The grill grate has innumerable small pores that absorb the fat and flavourings from the meat, a unique feature which ensures that the meat is grilled in its own juices.
Every so often a new gadget or idea comes along and becomes an integral part of kitchen design. One of my favourites has to be the boiling tap – and I know I’m not alone as more and more customers are ordering them.
This brilliant device means you can make a cup of tea without boiling a kettle; fill a pan with ready-to-cook water and rinse oil and grease from items, and I’m certain there’s a lot more it’s good for besides. What’s more, it does all this for a just few pennies!
We supply the Quooker range though, if any customer prefers one of the other brands available, we will, of course, be delighted to source it.
A special feature of Newcastle Furniture Company’s kitchens is that their frames are continuous. The usual method employed by both off-the-shelf and made-to-measure manufacturers, is to butt modular units together meaning that each join has a double width frame, sometimes covered by a strip of beading. Newcastle Furniture, however, creates a single, completely bespoke frame for each run of units.
As well as looking far more elegant and streamlined, there is another important benefit attached to a continuous frame. The usual size of a frame is 40mm, which is doubled when two modular units are placed side by side, meaning that a significant amount of space is wasted. In fact, in an average size kitchen, the amount of space gained by made-to-measure frame construction will often amount to a whole cupboard’s worth of space. If that happens at both base unit and wall unit levels, there could be as much as 2 linear metres’ worth of extra storage!
Newcastle Furniture Company’s kitchens are available in oak, maple, cherry and walnut and in any paint colour. Each kitchen is designed to a customer’s specifications and is completely bespoke.