An Interview With Cimitree, Bespoke Kitchen Designers & Fitters

By 19th June 2018Advice, Interviews, Trends

Tell us about Cimitree?

Cimitree was set up in 2006 by just two of us at the time, myself and my then business partner, both making, designing and working ridiculous hours! We have now evolved to a team of 14 strong experienced designers, with a small showroom and a fully equipped workshop. We specialise in most aspects of furniture design and making, using a wide range of materials ranging from woods, stone, metalwork, leathers and many many more.

We mainly focus on the high-end kitchens and fitted cabinetry such as dressing rooms, studies and the like. We love to make one off bespoke freestanding pieces, and although rare to do nowadays, they can easily take as long to make as a large kitchen depending on the size and complexity.

In 2017, I went it alone, looking to establish the Cimitree brand with our own range of kitchens and in-house style, entering the market place on our own terms. We have made furniture and kitchens for years and now feel its time introduce new trends, giving prospective clients alternatives and other choices from what’s already widely available.

Where does the name Cimitree originate?

Cimitree was my wife and I’s idea; it made sense to reflect my design ethos and allowed us to play with the word so it reflected the Tree Logo. It is constantly evolving and now looking to rebrand with a new look to move forward – keeping the name and logo but amending the style to reflect where we are today and looking to the future.

I am also dyslexic, and the true spelling was already taken, so forced our hand to come up with something unique that worked.

As well as designing, do you offer a full turnkey service to install the new kitchen/and paint?

We are a one-stop shop. We take the client through the entire process, from design initiation through to the final fit, making the journey fun. Having something designed and made specifically for you should be exciting, especially when your dreams become reality. We also give a comprehensive aftercare policy should anything need sorting out, as inevitably problems can arise from handmade items that are unforeseen. We are always at the end of the phone, willing to help get things sorted, so our clients can rest assured it’s dealt with properly.

What makes Cimitree different/stand out from other kitchen manufacturers?

We pride ourselves in high quality design and products, with a personable approach. We offer truly bespoke solutions to often difficult spaces. We ensure our designs work within the space, ensuring the functionality and aesthetics go hand in hand. There is no point in having a beautiful kitchen, dressing room or piece of furniture that doesn’t work. Kitchens are the ‘hub’ of the modern house, where most of our time is spent, whether being used for day-to-day life or socialising with friends. We like to get the client involved at every stage, or as much as they want to be. They are more than welcome and often encouraged to visit during production, so they have a better understanding of what goes into designing and making their very personal space right.

What is your favourite project to date?

That’s a real tough one as I love most of what we do, seeing it come to life from the initial sketches to the final design and then watching my highly skilled team make it happen. We do some truly amazing pieces and without the skill of the maker they would stay just as an idea or a sketch. So, I don’t really have a favourite project each one has aspects that I like and take inspiration from to log for the future. A constant learning process which keeps the mind active and feeds me with loads of inspiration for future projects.

What challenges do you often face when it comes to designing a bespoke kitchen?

  • Getting clients to visualise, as we do it all day and it’s our job to think in 3D – so what we tend to present must be easy for them to understand.
  • Getting clients to understand that they can have whatever they want as it is being designed and made specifically for them, but not bombard them with too much selection as this can be overwhelming, confusing and counterproductive.
  • Establishing budgets at the outset. We need this to allow us to deliver and design to those parameters. As the sky is the limit, so the project needs to have constraints.
  • Making the kitchen work in difficult spaces, but that’s the fun and challenging bit.

Are there any trends in kitchen design for this year?

Depends if you are a follower or a trend setter. It’s easy to follow, but we like to try and set new ones as well here at Cimitree; obviously you take inspiration from current trends and old trends and amalgamate them to come up with your own ideas and style. Things you like and love but would do very differently.

Because our background isn’t from just the kitchen industry side, we draw inspiration from many different aspects of good design. The industrial look is very in and interpreted in many ways, some good, some bad, and all subjective.  Wood is back in Vogue which is great as it’s my favourite material and provides a more natural tactile feel to everything.

Do you have any advice for people who are starting to think about redesigning their kitchen? Where should they start to get ideas?

Always start on visual social media:

  • Pinterest
  • Instagram
  • Other established kitchen companies out there and their websites
  • Google searches and internet

Magazines are great, and anything else that you like – inspiration can come from anywhere without you even knowing, subliminal.

Create a mood board, save images of both likes and dislikes – adding thoughts and inspirations to helps us to get an understanding of where to start the design process.

Cimitree’s Top 11 considerations when planning your new kitchen

  1. Consider your budget and timescale
  2. Ask yourself your main purpose; is it a family space, to cook or to entertain?
  3. What appliances do you need fitted?
  4. Explore and research the different materials on offer
  5. Colour choice – think about your colour scheme
  6. Measure your available space and work out if it will work with what you have imagined
  7. Consider the flow through the different zones of the kitchen, how will you interact with them around the space
  8. Functionality, the kitchen must function as a kitchen first and foremost
  9. Think about the aesthetics – visualise the look of the kitchen and how it relates to the rest of the house
  10. Where do you need electrics fitted, will you want new plug sockets and move the power for appliances?
  11. Is the kitchen easily accessible for the fitters?

You can find inspiration and more details over on the Cimitree website: www.cimitree.co.uk