From the monthly archives:

June 2014

Inspirational or commercial?

by Dev Direct on June 26, 2014

kbbreview Awards 2014

Claims from leading retailers in the May issue of kbbreview that kitchen design in the UK is stagnating under the weight of commercial pressure has triggered an interesting debate.

Inevitably, manufacturers and marketeers have taken an opposing view, citing plenty of worthy examples of where British design is still alive and kicking.

But to be fair, that wasn’t really the wider point of what designers Rob Mascari, of Mascari Kitchens in Nottingham, and Colin Wong, design director of Development Direct in Edinburgh, were trying to say.

..to borrow the view of Colin Wong – an experienced multi award-winning British designer (so hardly naïve) – if talent was allowed to cooperate more closely with these manufacturers, then surely the industry would have a better chance of moving forward, as it has in Italy and Scandanavia.

“Why should Eurocucina be so much more inspiring than kbb Birmingham?” he asks. “It simply doesn’t need to be the case.”

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We’re officially one of the best in the UK

by Dev Direct on June 25, 2014

kbbreview Awards 2014

Multi award-winning Edinburgh designer Colin Wong of Haymarket-based Development Direct kitchen and bathroom studio, picked up his third consecutive “UK Kitchen Designer of the Year” award at this year’s KBB Review awards.

The Development Direct team also received an unexpected bonus in picking up its first “UK Bathroom Designer of the Year” award.

[Development Direct’s] uncompromising ethos has won Colin and team industry accolades and many happy Edinburgh clients, and, this year, it has also led to Colin being invited to sit on the judging panel for the “Designer Kitchen & Bathroom Awards” in London in November.

Edinburgh locals have the UK’s best kitchen and bathroom design team on their doorstep and can come and chat personally to the team and explore some outstanding examples against the atmospheric backdrop of the Haymarket studio

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Colin Wong from Development Direct in Edinburgh receiving the Kitchen Designer of the Year: project cost up to £30,000 trophy at the kbbreview Awards 2014.

The kbbreview Awards are the most prestigious design and business competition in the kitchen and bathroom industry.

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