Charlie Smallbone, founder of the famous Smallbone of Devizes brand, has announced he is to launch a new showroom venture, called Ledbury Studio.
Located in Ledbury Mews in London’s Notting Hill, the new showroom is due to open its doors in April.
Smallbone has had an illustrious 40-year career in kitchen design and he says this latest venture is intended to “harness the beauty of original materials while creating practical kitchens that exude style and elegance”.
Said Smallbone of his new enterprise: “During my career, kitchens have evolved exponentially, but we still strive for the same qualities of function and for the best quality of life. My designs for Ledbury Studio are all about smooth functionality with an emphasis on space to cook, live and entertain.”
The new showroom will showcase Smallbone’s new Metallics Collection (pictured). This kitchen is said to have evolved from the kitchen that Smallbone created for the Chelsea Flower Show last year as part of a collaboration with deVOL kitchens. It is described as taking “traditional design details like delicate Georgian-style cock-bead, married with contemporary details, such as minimal brass door frames, creating a unique look that is different to anything else”.
Smallbone was also recently involved in the Rock and Bone business – an interior design collective that made furniture and joinery. But he is now phasing out his involvement in that venture to concentrate on Ledbury.
Smallbone was also on our judging panel this year for the kbbreview Retail & Design Awards 2019.