Launched in 2018, Life Kitchens is a young brand with much to look forward to. From its extensive premises under the arches in London’s Waterloo, this kitchen company views the year ahead as a continued opportunity to make a real impact on the way people live.
Life Kitchens is the brainchild of Oli Stephenson. The fifth generation of his family to work in kitchen design, Stephenson instinctively felt that the time had come for a more disruptive approach – to build kitchens inspired not by a designer’s prescriptive vision, but by the lives of the people for whom they are created. We’re all different; why should our kitchens be the same?
‘We understand that one size never fits all where kitchens are concerned, so our showroom is laid out to take customers on a journey,’ says Oli. This doesn’t simply mean wandering through the design hub, looking at colours and surface materials and opening drawers and cupboards, but stepping inside the company’s 4D VR theatre to experience an interactive simulation of a chosen design: a unique chance to try before you buy.
We’re incredibly proud of having one of the most spectacular and original kitchen showrooms and design hubs in London
After a very successful few years, Oli is upbeat about the immediate future. ‘Our end of the market has remained resilient but there’s no doubt that the industry as a whole is facing challenges. That said, the recent economic downturn seems to have sparked a trend in home improvement, with more money being spent on remodelling and updating. We have continued to invest in all avenues, including our product offering, service proposition and design innovation because we believe that doing so safeguards the future.’
Oli believes that espousing British values of inventive, evolving design and manufacturing has been a major contributor to his company’s success.
‘We’re passionate about producing the very best in the industry and employ a combination of traditional and modern techniques to ensure that we produce exceptional design and manufacturing output,’ says Oli. ‘Entrepreneurialism is at the heart of our family business and like many other British brands, we embrace quality, longevity and continuity. Without this spirit, we wouldn’t be who we are, and I hope it will remain the same for many more generations to come.’