Archive of: 2016

  • New Brochure Hot Off the Press

    New Brochure Hot Off the Press

    Call us today on 01462 452233 if you would like us to pop one in the post to you. Even better, come and chat with us, at our Showroom in Hitchin, Hertfordshire.

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  • Load up the larder Autumn is here!

    Load up the larder Autumn is here!

    What could be better at this time of year than having a beautifully and efficiently shelved larder ready to pack with homemade jams and chutneys – in readiness for the dark winter months ahead and, yes, the impending Xmas season?
    Luckily the larder or pantry is enjoying something of a revival as we go back to our roots and embrace the good life. As we reject the chiller cabinet for home cooked food and swap costly dining out in favour of entertaining at home we are loving the built in (or sometimes freestanding) larder of days gone by. Where the larder was once a necessity – providing the only cool store room for what we now load our large fridges up with (who can’t remember their Granny’s bottle of gold top perched on the larder shelf?) – it’s now a prized addition to new kitchens providing the kind of envy factor that walk-in wardrobes generate.
    The latest buzzword hitting the trend channels is ‘hygge’ (pronounced ‘hooga’) a Danish term for doing what we Brits do almost as well as our Scandinavian cousins – ‘cosy up and hunker down’ – and the larder plays a key role here by storing our homemade goodies and tasty purchases from the local Farmer’s market (for those of us not actually living the rural idyll!) which we feast on in front of the log burning stove on chilly afternoons. It has, in fact become the ‘must-have’ asset for all the home cooks and ‘grow your own’ gardeners because who can resist the idea of a beautifully organised store room filled with home-made jams, piles of home-grown apples and tins of freshly baked cakes?
    Nowadays larders can be designed for the tightest of spots – it’s simply a matter of some logical thinking and skilled craftsmanship. Or, where space is available free standing larder cupboards proudly incorporating the all-important cold shelf – slate, granite or quartz – whatever tickles your fancy!

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  • NEW! Handmade In Hitchin Kitchen

    NEW! Handmade In Hitchin Kitchen

    The brief for this Handmade In Hitchin kitchen was to create a modern day French Farmhouse style space with functional surfaces, ample storage space as well as contemporary finishes that would stand the test of time.
    The mirrored glass splash back and chocolate bronze handles have brought it right up-to-date whilst the planked oak, Caesarstone worktops and beautiful paint finishes from Farrow & Ball (Elephant’s Breath) and Little Green (Light Peach Blossom 3) reflect both function and style.
    See more lovely photos in the gallery.

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  • How to choose art for your kitchen

    Kitchen walls don’t have to be just a functional space for cupboards, containers and the like. Break up the look with colour, quirkiness or beautiful photography.

    Here are our top tips for choosing fabulous art for your kitchen
    • If your kitchen is the heart of your home (and who’s isn’t?) let the art reflect who you are; A gourmet cook? Choose pictures of countries that inspire your favourite dishes. Into gardening? How about some vintage horticultural prints?
    • Theming is the thing – with limited wall space think about what kind of look you’re after – and don’t let the architectural style of the kitchen dictate what type of art you hang.
    • Opposites attract – Embrace contrast and go with contemporary graphics in a traditional setting or vintage posters in a modern, sleek kitchen.
    • A high gloss kitchen will be a perfect backdrop to traditional art framed in aged gilts and distressed wood.
    • Your choice of frame can help bring a modern, fresh look to a country kitchen – but making sure they’re a similar type will stop your walls looking mis-matched
    • Kitchens with high ceilings will always have perfect hanging space above the wall cabinets – better than gathering dust! See this fantastic link http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/ways-to-add-art-to-your-kitchen-210855
    • Beware the glare: when hanging art behind glass keep your pictures away from the walls directly opposite the windows – the art will be lost to the reflection

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  • Introducing our latest next125 model......

    Introducing our latest next125 model......

    We’ve taken the sleek, satin lacquer finish (Indigo Blue) and combined it with a warm, natural knotty oak to create something special.
    A modern super-efficient space with oodles of personality.

    The ingenious drawer and cupboard systems are a renowned feature of the next125 kitchens – maximising all available storage capacity. Very helpful for a minimalist look!

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  • We Welcome Andy to the Planet Team!

    We Welcome Andy to the Planet Team!

    We are delighted and excited to welcome ANDY DAVIES to the Planet team. He joins Ruth Gray who has been an established and popular designer in our Hitchin studio for the last 4 years.
    With over 27 years’ experience of designing and building fully fitted original kitchens Andy considers himself a true cabinet maker coming from a background in high-end kitchens and high quality manufacturing.
    Andy is keen to uphold Planet’s mission to bring a client’s dream to life; to interpret their brief and add his own inimitable style to the finished project. He says; “I believe that when you’re asking people to invest in their homes it should be an enjoyable process. Joining Planet Furniture has meant that I have found my niche – being able to work with a family run company that wants to produce the very best furniture whilst providing the best service”.
    His approach to design is to ensure that every interior works ergonomically – making the best use of the space with a good visual balance. As a cabinet maker Andy loves to work with natural timbers but believes the key is to complement these with the fabulous contemporary materials that are available today.
    “I am equally at home working with both our Handmade In Hitchin range as well as our German next125 range. It’s the attention to detail in putting a design together that really floats my boat”
    As well as designing kitchens for Planet, Andy is hoping to find time to build his own timber frame home, knock up the odd cedar strip canoe and plunge into various extreme sports with his wife and 5 children.

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  • Cool Copper Keeping it Contemporary

    Cool Copper Keeping it Contemporary

    Copper is definitely having its moment!

    It looks great anywhere in the house, but we think it’s especially fantastic in the kitchen. Its subtle glow and warm tones pair really well with the bright Glacier White Corian worktop here but also with the darker, contemporary finishes that are currently so popular.
    And it certainly wows when coupled with natural timbers. Check out the solid oak breakfast bar here in this next125 Handleless kitchen which features a copper leaf glass splashback.

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  • Iconic SMEG Small Appliances Available from Planet

    Iconic SMEG Small Appliances Available from Planet

    Iconic styling and timeless design
    The perfect partners for Planet – SMEG small domestic appliances now available from our showroom in Hitchin
    SMEG Kettle, SMEG Stand Mixer, SMEG 2 & 4 slice Toaster, SMEG Blender in all colours

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  • WINTER SALE

    Don’t miss out!

    All of our ranges are included in this sale:

    Give us a call or pop into our showroom to discuss your project further…

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  • New Project to view in Letchworth

    New Project to view in Letchworth

    As always, our bespoke kitchens are designed and built to suit lifestyle and family needs and this one is no exception. Plenty of island seating and really importantly, lots of room to move around it. Large cabinets and deep drawers for convenient storage plus accessible shelving for cook books and a wine fridge perfectly positioned for the cook! Look closely and you’ll see that the larder is shallow in depth. This was deliberately (and cleverly!) designed to accommodate a large beam behind the back of the cabinet, yet still allows this run of cabinets to look balanced.
    We’re loving the distinctive brass handles by Armac Martin against the Hardwicke White paint colour on the cabinetry – along with the Hand Silvered Antiqued mirror splashback there’s plenty of up-to-the-minute design details which ensure this classic shaker is contemporary yes classic in equal measure.

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  • Lovely treats from Quooker!

    Lovely treats from Quooker!

    It was a lovely end-of-the-week treat to receive a visit from Quooker who teamed up with Smart Bar, to bring us some delicious Quooker goodies. At Planet we love their taps so were delighted to be part of this promo to mark their much anticipated re-opening.

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  • How our business has continued throughout COVID-19

    How our business has continued throughout COVID-19

    Spring is in the air and hope is on the horizon as we reflect on the last 12 months of doing business in such challenging times.

    As so many small (and large!) companies have floundered through this pandemic, here at Planet, we are eternally grateful to still be in business and to be doing well. Thanks, in part to us operating in an industry that has always put the home centre stage, which for the best part of a year has become our sanctuary as well as our workplace, school and playground! But, also thanks to our brilliant suppliers, who have gone all out to help us deliver on our promise time and time again despite the, sometimes, slimmed down workforce, and supply limitations further down the supplier chain.

    Obviously, like all businesses no matter what sector, we’ve had to adapt to doing things differently and the biggest shift has been the use of tech. Whilst we might be getting a bit Zoom weary, it has been vital at enabling us to present and share designs and to carry on consulting with clients. And, although it’s not quite the same as face-to-face, which is obviously a more natural way of building a relationship with our clients, we actually think video technology will have a permanent role in our business post-Covid, as it’s proved so beneficial for clients who live a bit further away from our showroom.
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    The adaptions have continued onto our site visits (which we undertake at the onset of a project and then again later on for the technical survey) where our employees wear the necessary protection, as per the Government guidelines and we have to, kindly, request that clients and other trades vacate the room, if possible, whilst we complete the surveying. Again, everyone we work with (clients and suppliers) have been amazingly supportive and understanding. We’re looking forward to ‘normal’ times when we can all gather on the site, cuppa in hand and discuss the progress of the project.
    We’ve been extremely lucky that the only delays our clients have had to experience is sometimes with appliances – some of the lead times on certain items are extremely long so we have to manage this and always make our clients aware of any potential delays in the soonest time possible. Happily, everything else has been fairly normal in terms of supply and lead times. Even our workshop has been able to operate as normal, producing even more bespoke furniture and cabinets than in pre-Covid times. We are fortunate to have enough space for our team of craftsmen to be spaced apart, along with all the current safety guidelines which are in place to ensure the health and safety of all our employees.
    Which is all just as well as we have, very happily, noticed a spike in enquiries for home improvements, especially home office areas, studies and media units. And whilst the trend for large open family kitchens has been growing, steadily, for a number of years now, this trend continues at a pace as the hope of entertaining is finally creeping back on to the agenda for most of us.
    So yes, we know we’re one of the lucky small, local businesses to be here some 12 month after this pandemic landed, and as long as people want their homes improving and/or extending we plan on being around a lot longer!

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  • Green is the colour!

    Green is the colour!

    The large, open plan space lends itself, perfectly , to the rich colour of the bespoke Shaker cabinets, creating a kitchen zone where the vibrancy of the blue/green pops in the otherwise neutral colour scheme of the wider space. We’re excited to see how much green is taking off in kitchen trends and this particular shade is bang on trend!
    Providing ample space for sitting as well as prepping and storage, the large kitchen island with its CRL Quartz Calacatta worktop is as functional as it is beautiful. The sharp white marble finish is durable enough for family living and pairs beautifully with the integrated Neff hob and downdraft extractor.
    The shelving above the sink run looks fab with the integrated lighting and adds the touch of personality that comes with a totally bespoke design, whilst the Quooker Flex Tap in Stainless Steel looks elegant against the Quartz worktop. Finally, check out the tall cupboard with its spice rack (or bottle holder) built into the door. All of our cabinetry is built to your specification so that no space, no matter how small is wasted. Genius!

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  • We're in House & Garden

    We're in House & Garden

    We’re delighted to see one of our recent projects featured in November’s issue of House & Garden. This project is from our Handmade in Hitchin range and can be seen, in full, here https://www.planetfurniture.co.uk/gallery/album.php?s=shaker-kitchen-living-room

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  • New Project in Welwyn

    New Project in Welwyn

    In this project the kitchen and living areas have been hand built in a classic Shaker style which is sure to stand the test of time but with some lovely contemporary touches. The mirror splashback, in the kitchen, allows the natural light to bounce around the kitchen and the copper accents are bright and stylish and keep the whole look current. The pendants are from tom Dixon @tom_dixon11.
    The cabinets are hand painted in F&B’s downpipe which is a favourite, and for good reason. It contrasts beautifully with their chalky Wimbourne White and, in an open plan living situation like this, it sets the kitchen area apart from living area.
    At Planet we love combining two finishes. Here, the Corian worktop in Vanilla sits beautifully with the Solid Oak Breakfast Bar which in itself is great with a wooden floor.
    The colours and finishes continue into the Living Room which unifies the whole look. The cupboards and shelving are painted in Wimbourne White with accents of the Downpipe on the back panels of the shelving. A drinks cabinet has become a popular addition to our projects, and no wonder! It’s a stylish and fun addition to the room. With doors closed it blends perfectly with the run of storage cupboards and open – no detail has been overlooked. It has integrated lighting and the worktop is the same Vanilla Corian as the kitchen. To complete the drinks cupboard a scalloped oak wine rack below has been hand built by our skilled craftsmen.

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  • New Project!

    New Project!

    Introducing our latest project from our Next125 range. The renovation in Hitchin features the renowned German range which is a perfect choice for a contemporary look that is stylish and sleek and built to the highest standards.
    We love how the run of tall cabinets in a Walnut Veneer the Indigo Blue Lacquer and mirrors the wide planked Solid Walnut breakfast bar. The Walnut reflects other pieces of furniture in the wider living space and brings the whole look together.
    The integrated Neff appliances gives a smart, uncluttered finish and the Caesarstone Raw Concrete worktops are tactile and functional and provide a lovely contrast to the Walnut. Once again we are pleased to be able to include a Quooker Flex tap in Stainless Steel.
    This is a fantastic living space for the whole family and we were delighted to work with them to achieve a look that works across both the kitchen and living areas.
    Lots more lovely pictures here “:https://www.planetfurniture.co.uk/gallery/album.php?s=blue-walnut-next125

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  • We're Re-Opening!

    We're Re-Opening!

    To all of our customers, followers and anyone interested in discussing their new project with us;
    We are excited to tell you that Planet Furniture will be reopening for business on Tuesday 26th May with the showroom open to you from Monday 1st June. Your safety and that of our team is of paramount importance to us, so In line with Government guidance we are putting in place the following social distancing and hygiene measures;
    • Appointment only until further notice
    • Only 1 person or a couple from the same household, please, at one time
    • Please keep 2 metres apart in the showroom
    • Hand sanitizers will be available and all of the surfaces will be regularly cleaned
    • Whilst we won’t be able to offer any refreshments during your visit, please feel free to bring your own.
    • Please don’t enter if you have any symptoms
    We would like to thank you for your patience and support during this time. As a local business we can’t wait to welcome you back to discuss your new project and get going with what we do best – designing and building bespoke furniture and kitchens.

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