Beautiful furniture and homeware design underpinned by simplicity
In 1996, John Sims-Hilditch and Giles Redman founded Neptune while sitting at their kitchen table, stitching together a hammock.
Today, the company has evolved into a British lifestyle brand with 30 stores across the UK and Europe with a reputation for beautiful furniture and homeware design. Unsurprisingly perhaps, considering where the pair were when they came up with the idea for the business, Neptune’s four kitchen collections are an integral part of the company’s offering.
Take Suffolk, for example, a timeless collection that encompasses a kitchen and a range of freestanding furniture. Inspired by the Shaker principles of excellent craftsmanship and simplicity, it was originally designed in 2008 but has recently been refreshed. However, this wasn’t a case of going back to square one. Eighty per cent of Suffolk remains unchanged: the foundations, engineering and core are part of Suffolk’s DNA, and it wasn’t the DNA that they needed to tweak. John and Giles have always maintained that the way something works is as important as how it looks, so the team always think through every last design detail and never stop trying to improve a product, finding ways that could make people’s lives a little easier.
Made from North American oak and tulipwood, the natural timber kitchen is designed to compliment any style of home and interior, from country to contemporary. The overall aesthetic has been carefully fine-tuned so new elements include ‘Charlecote’, a freestanding island with an open base that gives it a lighter look (designed with the Suffolk collection in mind, it can be paired just as well with any of Neptune’s other kitchens) and cabinet accessories. Ranging from knife blocks in seasoned oak to drawer dividers in quartz, every element that the accessories are fitted with complement one another.
Building on its strong design foundations, this gentle spring update sees the kitchen being pared back even more. It is now minimal the whole way through – as true Shaker style should be. The palette too, has altered slightly: now cabinets come in a calming ‘Driftwood’ colour as standard (complemented with a silver birch interior); there is also a bespoke paint service so if clients prefer an alternative hue they can choose from Neptune’s classic palette.
All Neptune’s products are crucially underpinned by technical excellence and skill, made from high-quality materials to create an enduring kind of elegance that can stand the test of time. Therefore, as has always been the case with Suffolk, the kitchen cabinets are made with a groove construction (this means that the top, back and floor panels are slotted into the side panels using pre-machined grooves – the best way to get total accuracy and structural integrity) and tried-and-tested joinery.
Bespoke cabinetry is also possible in the company’s Wiltshire workshop, whether customers want an entirely new cabinet designed from scratch or modified dimensions of existing designs. All kitchens also come with a lifetime guarantee when they’re installed by one of the company’s certified fitters. It’s just one aspect of the excellent customer service – which, together with thoroughly good design that lasts a lifetime – is at the heart of Neptune.
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