Innovation and inspiration are at the heart of all that C.P. Hart does. As Britain’s leading bathroom designer and retailer, C.P. Hart is consistently challenging the industry to take a fresh look at bathroom design.
The company was established in 1937 by Charles Percival Hart, who was later joined by his sons, Tom and John Hart. Since those early years supplying bathroom sanitaryware, plumbing products and tiles to south east London, C.P. Hart has been responsible for launching market leading and innovative products – household names like Duravit were first sourced by the Hart family. Thanks to continuing close collaborations, some of the world’s most exciting manufacturers still choose C.P. Hart exclusively to reveal new designs in Britain. London SE1 houses the company’s flagship showroom, spread through the railway arches under Waterloo station.
The extraordinary space was designed both as a showcase for the widest possible collection of products and as an inspirational meeting place for trade professionals and their clients, led by architects and interior designers.
Galleries run alongside a shared working space to encourage collaboration and partnership and the showroom displays the country’s largest collections of luxury bathroom products. From John Hart’s innovative Waterloo shower valve in 1992, which went on to become the biggest selling valve of the decade, to the popular classic collection, the London range, C.P. Hart understands the needs of the bathroom market like no other. The products in these collections continue to be highly sought after. The company’s most recent product launches, such as the Dama collection by Italian manufacturer, Artelinea, represent C.P. Hart’s desire to humanise the bathroom. Dama’s bathroom vanity unit, crafted from natural wood and Dualite glass, is a prime example of how C.P. Hart likes to blur the lines between bedroom and bathroom. Meanwhile, the introduction of Crittall-style shower enclosures by Matki and Drench pays homage to the industrial vintage trend for utilitarian designs with fine detailing and luxurious finishes.
C.P. Hart’s main customer focus has always been on trade professionals and end consumers, supplying bathrooms to discerning clients across Britain. More recently, it has been building its business with institutional clients with noteworthy developments like the German Gymnasium and bespoke projects like the Ham Yard Hotel. C.P. Hart now has 14 showrooms, mostly
in the South East but with a strategy to expand nationwide. The Manchester showroom will soon be followed by more regional ones. The business is privately owned by Richard Reynolds and Kevin Ohle.
Reynolds comments, ‘C.P. Hart has huge growth potential. What excites us most about it is its unerring commitment to design quality and the potential to take
a wonderful British brand and grow it, here and potentially overseas. Online retailing has led us to embrace a whole new way of doing business and we believe it is a wonderful new channel to aid our expansion. Our website makes it so much easier for customers to gather information and ideas – and to trade online if they want to. But in our view nothing quite beats the look and feel of a showroom visit.’
What is certain is that C.P. Hart will continue to be at the forefront of British bathroom design for many more years to come.
C.P. HART NEWNHAM TERRACE, HERCULES ROAD, LONDON SE1 7D +44 (0)20 7902 5250