The word "bespoke" is one that's used a lot in the kitchen industry ... in fact, it's probably used far too often. The dictionary definition can get confusing - "bespoke" comes from the verb "to bespeak" which had several different uses but came to mean ... to discuss beforehand. That was then applied, in particular, to the making of individual tailor made clothes, which obviously did need to be discussed in advance, to be sure that the finished garments were actually what the customer wanted.
If you're looking for somewhere to go this weekend, I can recommend Grand Designs Live at the NEC. I went today but the show is also on tomorrow and Sunday. I spent most of my time in the Grand Kitchens area - naturally - but there's loads more stuff to see, including a seminar programme.
I'm always fascinated to find out how people find this website, and Google helps enormously ... by telling me what search terms you used to get here. One thing none of you searched for was “designer kitchens” ... up until now that is!
I went to the Grand Designs Live show at the NEC last Sunday; the last day that it was on. There was lots of lovely stuff there, but I restricted myself to looking mostly at the kitchens.
There were a few big name stands, notably: Poggenpohl, Mark Wilkinson and Edwin Loxley. And a few more, like Charles York and Rational were represented by retailers. It was the smaller independent companies I was more interested in, though.
If you do have a big open plan apartment, then you can choose from any number of expensive, high profile, cutting edge kitchen designs. If you don't have such a space, though, most of these designs are unlikely to be for you, even if you have the money to buy them.