The luxury kitchen cabinet company Plain English known for their bespoke handcrafted cabinets recently opened a showroom at 51 East 10th Street. Tony Niblock and Katie Fontana founded the company in 1982 after discovering their own needs for traditional kitchen cabinets for their house in Suffolk were not being met. As “necessity is the mother of invention,” with their carpenter and a vision they designed, built and painted their own cabinets. The couple then went into business in a disused tannery, building and supplying cabinets. Graduating to a Georgian farmhouse as the company continued to grow, the outbuildings were converted to workshops and design studios.
These timeless kitchen cabinets are based on traditional designs drawing on inspiration from the formal grand houses of the Georgian period. As detailed on their website, “Plain English references the values of the past and gently evolves to embrace the modern ways we live now.” Entirely bespoke and meticulously handcrafted in Suffolk, the attention to detail and innovative design hidden behind an understated façade I find particularly appealing.
Interior decorating is currently indulging a nostalgia for past eras with the return of plush velvets, exotic wallpaper patterns and layers of passementerie, all of which I love. Plain English Kitchens with their refined timeless quality fit comfortably into this mood. Hidden however behind the deceptively plain cabinet doors and inside the drawers are ingenious designs to meet every contemporary need. I’d say that’s the best of both worlds!