Per­fect de­sign is per­sonal

How do you bring 21st cen­tury, state-of-the-art de­sign into an ex­quis­ite, 16th cen­tury, tim­ber-framed house with­out dis­rupt­ing the charm and in­tegrity of such an iconic, lo­cal build­ing?

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How do you subtly weave pre­ci­sion engi­neered el­e­gance and tech­ni­cally br i l l iant form and func­tion into such beau­ti­fully im­pre­cise spa­ces?

With its grand pres­ence and rich his­tory, Prestbury’s Pri­est House is a unique trea­sure. So My Fa­thers Heart was de­lighted when James Smith of Spencer Sheri­dan devel­op­ments ap­proached them to de­sign and build the Pri­est House’s new kitchen. “It gave us a fan­tas­ti­cally ex­cit­ing can­vas,” says My Fa­thers Heart owner Jonathan Coulthard. “Hav­ing worked for more than 22 years in some of the finest prop­er­ties in the North of Eng­land, as well as for a royal fam­ily or two and sup­ply­ing Har­rods, we’re used to pres­ti­gious and un­usual com­mis­sions. But this one was dif­fer­ent.

Walk­ing through the an­cient rooms filled with mag­nif­i­cent old English oak, one couldn’t help but ad­mire the crafts­man­ship of those skilled work­ers all those cen­turies ago. Yet, as the re­fur­bish­ment of the shell of the more re­cent rear ex­ten­sion took shape, it was clear that a sleek, con­tem­po­rary kitchen would be the right thing for the build­ing.”

The My Fa­thers Heart be­spoke de­sign in­cludes pre­cisely engi­neered cab­i­netry with Gagge­nau ovens and a mag­nif­i­cent Wolf gas-sealed burner cook­top sur­mounted with a be­spoke steel canopy. This com­bi­na­tion has cre­ated a strik­ing min­i­mal­ist look in a way few would have pre­dicted could work aes­thet­i­cally. Yet it does so with stun­ning ef­fect, clev­erly cre­at­ing the per­fect foil to cel­e­brate its his­toric sur­round­ings.

“To the eyes of our ex­pe­ri­enced de­sign­ers and cabi­net mak­ers, these chal­lenges are like un­cut di­a­monds wait­ing to be pol­ished and trans­formed into some­thing uniquely spec­tac­u­lar.

And that’s what we do here at My Fa­thers Heart. We know how to re­veal beauty in the most un­likely spa­ces and em­bed func­tional per­fec­tion within.”

These days, most of us ex­pect tech­no­log­i­cal bril­liance from prod­ucts that are in­tu­itive to use and which know what we need be­fore we do. Quite sim­ply, we want things to func­tion su­perbly in ways which serve, amuse and amaze us.

But what’s so spe­cial about be­spoke de­sign? What makes it so per­sonal, which of course is what it must be for prop­er­ties as unique as the Pri­est House?

“That’s where a higher level of ta­lent emerges. It de­mands a rare level of care, cu­rios­ity and in­sight into each cus­tomer’s in­di­vid­ual life­style, as­pi­ra­tions and char­ac­ter, some­times even be­ing able to see within a per­son de­sires or dreams they may not have re­alised were there. And then, to weave those in­sights into cre­at­ing some­thing ex­quis­ite and highly per­sonal yet which ex­udes uni­ver­sal at­trac­tion.

If this is sound­ing like art, or even po­etry, then that’s OK. Be­cause that’s all part of what we do at My Fa­thers Heart. Art, tech­nol­ogy, science, po­etry, psy­chol­ogy, re­la­tion­ship - they’re all sub­lim­i­nally and unashamedly in the mix.

Of course the fi­nal say on de­sign bril­liance has to be with the cus­tomer. And although we’re thrilled ev­ery time our cus­tomers are, we con­tinue to push the bound­aries and raise the bar for de­sign per­fec­tion, be­cause it’s per­sonal.”

“Step­ping into this re­mark­able old house is quite an ex­pe­ri­ence.”

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