Tea Break with our Designer Nick
We grab a tea break with Nick one of the Senior Designers here to talk about working at Maranatha.
Nicks been with Maranatha for 2 Years, but he’s been designing rooms for over 22 years and live with his family in Wilmslow, Cheshire, his favourite tipple is a glass of Brockmans Gin!
Nick, what do you enjoy most about working at Maranatha?
I love that there is nothing that I can design that the team here can’t build, no luxury material that we can’t source, being independent rather than tied in to a specific kitchen manufacturer or bathroom supplier, gives an amazing amount of freedom to me as a designer. I also love some of the challenges that come with projects that require you to do something unique and different.
What’s been your favourite project?
That’s always changing as I get to work on so many things… I’m really excited about the current kitchen that I’m working on as it has four distinct areas and is a full lifestyle kitchen full of different angles. I like showing what can be done in a room with a large space as you break it down to enhance how people live and work.
What’s the hardest part of your job?
Sometimes it can be difficult for someone to see how a great kitchen or room can change their lives, especially when it’s a design concept on paper – but I’ve seen it time after time, so I try to communicate this throughout the process. It isn’t just cabinets and work-surfaces or fitting and fixtures, the room will change the way they live and interact with their family.
What makes Maranatha Unique?
It has to be the workshop team and the company’s belief in innovation – we’re constantly looking for that next new thing that will bring joy and excitement into the rooms we create.
Can you tell us a little bit about the design process you go through?
Well I start with finding out what people want in the room and what they need in a room. I ask them what they don’t like either about the current room or in examples of rooms they’ve seen or been in. Also understanding why they want to change the room they have, all that creates a picture and is the perfect starting point.
What’s the quirkiest thing you’ve ever created?
We had to change the feeling of height in a kitchen and bring in a floating ceiling – only we decided to do it with Corian worktop, which required cabling. It was a little scary watching it all come together but the result was astounding. I also once had to work with a well inside a kitchen so we created a feature with spiral lighting which was definitely a first for me.