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A 5 minute Q&A with Davonport

Davonport has been handcrafting kitchens of distinction for over two decades.

Using only the finest materials and craftsmanship, Davonport designs and manufactures unique and creative handmade kitchen solutions to fit perfectly around you and your lifestyle.

Inspired by the heritage of English furniture, Davonport’s classic collection embody the elegance and character of traditional design brought up to date.

In this feature, we asked Richard Davonport about the benefits of investing in bespoke furniture and which styles and features he believes to be truly timeless.

How did Davonport begin?

"I’ve had a strong interest in woodwork and furniture ever since I was a child so as a teenager I went to college to study Furniture Design and Cabinet Making.

I qualified with a Distinction and set up my own workshop in the early nineties; Davonport was borne. My focus has always been on creating bespoke furniture and as my origins are in cabinet making and furniture design, it’s always been important to me that Davonport furniture is of the highest quality; an unapologetically luxurious product."

All Davonport kitchens are handmade to order in England. Why is this such a core part of the Davonport ethos?

"Because I started Davonport as a cabinet maker, and still enjoy getting back into the workshops whenever I can, it’s really important to me that every Davonport kitchen is made with the same level of quality as they were 25 years ago when I started.

For me, the only way to ensure this is by hand-crafting each and every kitchen locally. The Davonport workshops are under the same roof as our showroom and head office in Colchester, Essex so I’m able to oversee the creation of each and every kitchen.

I’m very proud of the Davonport workshops, in fact one of the best parts of my job is showing clients around the factory and walking them through the process step by step. Davonport was awarded the ‘British Design & Manufacturing Award’ in 2017 and this is one of my proudest professional achievements. At heart I’m a cabinet maker, so for Davonport to be recognised for the quality and creation of our furniture is incredibly humbling and rewarding."

What are the benefits of investing in a bespoke kitchen?

"Possibilities! Bespoke furniture enables you maximum flexibility with cabinet size and configuration. What this means in practical terms is that you can make much more of the space you have, and optimise the storage in a much more effective way.

For example, a recent client had longed for an island in her period property but having visited off the peg kitchen companies, was told her room dimensions wouldn’t allow for a kitchen island. However, because we were able to build cabinets around the nibs on the wall, we were able to create the space needed for her much loved kitchen island." 

You’ve been making classic kitchens for over two decades, which features and styles do you believe are truly timeless?

"Kitchen trends come and go and I’ve seen plenty of them over the years. However, the much sought after shaker style kitchen is truly timeless.

A shaker style kitchen has such a classic core that it’s easy to transcend different trends. Often, its the colour and handle choices that can date a kitchen, but with a hand painted kitchen the room can be totally updated with a fresh coat of paint and set of new handles.

As for specific features; the pantry has most certainly seen a resurgence.

They’re such a versatile piece of kitchen furniture and open to complete personalisation so they feature in the majority of our projects."

What piece of advice would you give someone embarking upon a kitchen project?

"Don’t get caught up with the finishing touches. The most important part of a kitchen design is getting the basic cupboards and cabinetry in place. Once you and your designer have finalised the core structure of the room, layout and storage options, move on to the finer details such as handles and colour choices. Sometimes clients get so hung up on the colour, tiles, handles etc. that they rush the decisions on the structure of the design."

What makes the partnership between KCA and Davonport special?

“We are proud to have worked with KCA for over a decade and I’m always impressed by their knowledge and skill for bespoke kitchen design.

We pride ourselves on creating kitchens of exceptional quality and work only with like-minded companies who share our passion. KCA are undoubtedly one such company with their design, service and project management well-respected throughout the industry. 

We both feel there’s no better moment than standing in an amazing finished kitchen with happy clients, that together we crafted for the family to enjoy for many years to come.”

With Davonport, KCA creates bespoke kitchens of exceptional quality, handcrafted to suit the individual requirements and wishes of each client. For more information about Davonport kitchens, contact the KCA design team.

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Very professional company. A pleasure to work with. The kitchen designed and workmanship was stunning. They really listened to our wants and lifestyle needs. Would wholeheartedly recommend.
Mr. Magal
It really is an excellent service. No detail is left unchecked. Everything from the beginning has been amazing. The initial design was well thought out, imaginative & exciting. All our questions no matter how silly were answered. Measurements on site were checked very carefully which meant when issues were found they could be resolved before the kitchen was ordered. It arrived on time & was fitted with the same care & attention we'd come to expect. The kitchen itself - WOW!
Mrs. Scott
After visiting a number of kitchen specialist, KCA were the only ones who listened and were able to translate my ideas into reality. The final product was perfect and the service and after care provided was exceptional.
Mr. & Mrs. Bhalla
We found their design to be unique, resulting in a bespoke kitchen which excelled our expectations. Excellent aftercare and would not hesitate to recommend.
Mr. & Mrs. Gilbert
KCA have been a pleasure to work with from the very start of the project. They listened to my requirements, designed a beautiful kitchen and built it on time and to budget. The whole team have an excellent eye for detail and a great sense of customer service; I could not recommend them more highly.
Mrs. Alexandrou
I cannot recommend the team at KCA highly enough. From concept to completion the whole experience was seamless.
Mrs. Robert's
Having previously worked in kitchens, I know how painful having your kitchen fitted can be - I think our experience was as painless as it could have been.
Mrs. O'Doherty
From concept design to finished kitchen the process was seamless. KCA not only produced a great design but their interface with the architect and builders made the project a great success.
Mr. & Mrs. Cardwell
KCA came up with the design for our open plan kitchen/dining/family space and we loved it immediately. No other kitchen designer/supplier came close!
Mrs. Gibson
We are THRILLED! KCA are a very professional, enthusiastic, knowledgeable and caring business. Their attention to detail and our requirements were always top of their list.
Mrs. Chapman
From concept to completion the whole experience was seamless. Being interested in interior design I had quite a specific vision for my kitchen and KCA wholly embraced my input making me feel very much part of the decision making process whilst using their expertise to guide and steer regarding practicality and functionality.
Mrs. Roberts
Just Perfect from the point of walking into the showroom and the journey taken to the end product including aftercare.
Mr. & Mrs. Perera
The customer service is second to none. The kitchen design and choice is superb.
Mrs. Hanson
KCA were the 3rd kitchen design company we approached, they were the only ones to listen to us and our design requests and ideas. The 3D view of how the kitchen would look was perfect.
Mr. Ryan
The kitchen fitter is very efficient & an excellent communicator, his work is to a very high standard & he is very tidy!
Mr. & Mrs. Cass
Very friendly, informative and helpful service. I would definitely use KCA again. Thank you all.
Mrs. Tucker
The design of the kitchen differed hugely from any of the others we received. This really was a "design". Clever and inspiring, not just someone drawing what we'd said. The fitting was efficient with the same regard to detail.
Mr. & Mrs. Scott
Great service from start to finish.
Always a pleasure to deal with, fantastic designs and great service all round.
Beaufield Homes
KCA have installed a new hob and oven, a Quooker tap and new work surfaces. I am overjoyed with the results.
Mrs. Burston