One of the perks of running an interior design practice is that I find myself being wooed (well, it is Valentine’s day today so indulge me) by all sorts of companies competing to have their products specified to my clients. From time to time these suitors turn out to be worthy contenders…
Billed as an event for senior architects and interior designers, I arrived at the Teddy Edwards showroom at 67 Woodstock Road, Oxford to find that this was a ‘no expense spared’ sort of occasion (if the free flowing Moet, Chablis and Chateauneuf-du-Pape was anything to go by).
Greeted by the friendly and switched-on TE team, what followed was a fun and culinarily (is that a word?!) instructive session in the fabulous Brooklands kitchen right in the front window of the shop. Sophie runs this cookery school on a regular basis at various venues around Oxford, often here at TE, and is the type of no-nonsense, no-fuss practical teacher you immediately warm to. Once we’d got over our goldfish bowl self-consciousness (no such inhibition from Sophie), it was a joy to try out the state of the art Gaggenau and Miele appliances housed in the solid, beautifully appointed kitchen set. Attention to detail is what you expect from a high end kitchen, and it was everywhere… I was especially pleased to find something I’ve always craved, a chiller drawer for glasses so that water and soft drinks are served chilled even if you’ve run out of ice.
Based in North Oxford, Teddy Edwards (http://www.teddy-edwards.co.uk/) is a supplier of very high quality, traditionally built kitchen, bedroom, study and media room furniture with a contemporary edge. As part of the Kitchen Architecture group, the largest Bulthaup dealer worldwide, they offer an extremely customer focussed and architect/designer friendly service.
Judging by the dedication of the team, the quality of the cabinet construction, and the impressive press coverage they’ve received recently, this is a company that deserves a second look if you’re considering a new kitchen.
Theirs is an interesting story…the brand is inspired by the owner’s great uncle, Harry Norman Edwards (Teddy), one of the founders and the first secretary of the British Racing Drivers’ Club back in the 1920’s (hence the signature Brooklands kitchen in British racing green). The club celebrates the best of British design, craftsmanship and engineering, and this is what the kitchen brand now epitomises.
Here, the Goodwood design is in the cool contemporary grey of Fired Earth’s Pearl Ashes, complete with matching Aga, which I think makes for a successful marriage of traditional and modern in this particular property.
So, a good time was had by all, and I can now dish up a prawn and chorizo risotto second to none thanks to Sophie… and thanks to Pierce, Nick, Judith & co. for putting on a really enjoyable evening.
(Hmm, note to self: must get a chandelier for my kitchen…maybe I’ll get lucky, seeing as it’s Valentines day and all that!).