Retailer Spotlight: Stonebridge Interiors
This month we put the spotlight on Stoneham retailer, Stonebridge Interiors, based in Ponteland, Newcastle Upon Tyne. Their stunning showroom opened in December 2019 with their grand opening postponed because of COVID-19 they’re looking forward to getting on with their plans and being able to showcase the Stoneham collections that make up their showroom.
We interviewed Stephen Standerwick, Head of Interior Architectural Design at Stonebridge to find out more about them and why they teamed up with Stoneham.
How long has Stonebridge been established?
Stonebridge Interiors was established in April 2018 but our showroom only opened Christmas 2019. This is because we wanted to develop the business properly, sourcing the perfect location and partners who hold the same passions for perfection and customer satisfaction that we do.
What makes Stonebridge different?
Stonebridge is different because we pride ourselves on listening. We take our time and really think our projects through, giving great consideration to our client’s needs and wants.
How long have you been a Stoneham retailer for?
From day one we have been a Stoneham retailer. Stoneham was the linchpin to the whole concept. Why start with anything less?
Any business that enjoys success usually does so because of the people behind it. Unlike most kitchen companies who are only passionate about the bottom line, at Stoneham they are passionate about their product and get great satisfaction from seeing the delight on customers faces when they first start to enjoy their new kitchen. To us that’s what matters most from any company.
Which Stoneham ranges do you have on display in your showroom?
We have Bewl, Knole, Fahrenheit, Ambience, Infinity, Marlborough, Autograph and Penshurst.
What do customers love about Stoneham?
The fact that it has the Royal Warrant gives great assurance, holding it for so many years proves the quality has never slipped. Clients know they can trust Stoneham Kitchens and that their expectations will be exceeded. It’s also a British manufacturer with impeccable standards proving that the best is British. Their flexibility with design means anything is a possibility, and this really sets them aside from other furniture makers.
What’s been your most memorable kitchen project.
It has to be the Parkin project. This was not only a kitchen but also a bar, utility room, office, master en-suite and cloakroom. The kitchen flowed through the entire downstairs living space with a table, breakfast bar and many innovations not seen before. The design continued through the rest of the home, from the office to the master en-suite upstairs, proving the endless possibilities Stoneham’s bespoke service offers. The island itself was a phenomenal size, the biggest island we have ever created and it just blended perfectly within what was, admittedly a huge, space.
What’s your favourite kitchen innovation?
Bora surface extractors. Intuitive, easy to clean, virtually no noise, minimal space required and as a company, they are permanently researching and developing their product, continually pushing to be the best they can possibly be. In my opinion, it has revolutionised kitchen extraction.
What is proving popular in kitchen design right now?
A return to traditional, although with a simpler, more modern slant. Even the handless kitchens are taking on more traditional elements, clients are wanting dovetailed drawers and unusual veneers rather than gloss white on the outside and dark grey on the inside. Clients are drawn to the warmer textures and subdued colours; they want the feeling of furniture rather than clinical storage.
Do you have anything exciting planned for this year?
We do plan to have our grand opening this year, COVID-19 permitting, followed by events for prospective clients including a spa themed night, cooking events with local chefs and more.
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