In the past three decades, David has similar conversations with almost every customer who visits his showroom. It revolves around three key myths:
All fitted kitchens are bespoke: Many kitchen companies use the word bespoke, encouraging customers to believe that their kitchen will be custom-made for their home. While to some extent this is true – the kitchen is designed and fitted into the space allowed – unless each piece is designed and made to fit a specific space or purpose, it is not bespoke.
A solid wood kitchen is best: In fact, solid wood isn’t necessarily the best material to use in a space where there is often steam and rapidly changing temperatures, as it shrinks and expands with heat and moisture, which can lead to cracking. One of the most famous cabinetmakers of all time, Chippendale, discovered that veneer – very thin pieces of solid wood
overlaying a wood or wood-particle base – is much more stable.
Quick-fit quality kitchens: There is no such thing as a quick fit quality kitchen. Quality furniture needs to be scribed to fit the shape of the wall and floors, checked and rechecked and fitted and refitted until it is seamless. Quick fits result in quick problems!