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!
A recent analysis of enquiries being received by our designers has flagged up a noticeable shift towards increasingly custom-made furniture to suit clients' specific requirements. Whether this is caused by the way the new web site (correctly) portrays Newcaste Furniture as bespoke furniture designers and makers or that people are just more aware that they are able to have exactly what they want made for them, we are seeing designs produced for more and more different types of furniture for all rooms in the home.
In the first three months of the year we have designed collector's cabinets to suit 1930s English ceramics, a dog's bed incorporated into a kitchen, secret compartments in wardrobes, a specially commissioned wine room, several one-off dining tables, freestanding bedroom furniture for a finca conversion in Majorca and some special glass fronted drawers for shoes in a dressing room in Fulham, London.
In fact, requests like these are all in a day's work for the designers in our Edinburgh, Newcastle and London showrooms because every item of furniture, each kitchen, bedroom, study, living room or media room, is designed and made completely from scratch, making it genuinely unique. There is no definitive Newcastle Furniture ‘house’ style to comply with and no reliance on modular units to hamper the design.
Instead, we take a customer’s ideas, look at their home and their own inherent style and taste, consider the functionality of what they want and draw a design. Our highly skilled craftspeople are capable of making any of our designers’ work a reality which, in turn, means the designers are free to interpret a customer’s brief without the usual restrictions and limitations. Cupboards can be made to fit awkward spaces, treasured items can be given a personalised storage space, worktops can be raised or lowered – the list is endless.
“Truly bespoke furniture becomes an integral part of the room it is designed for to be appreciated by the people that commission it,” explains Jeremy Pearce, Newcastle Furniture Company’s managing director.