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owner and operator

John Place completed his Ba Hons in Furniture design in 1992 and since then has worked as a designer with some of the biggest brands in the furniture and kitchen industry. In 2012 he set up PlaceDesign to draw from these 20 years of experience and built the business through satisfied clients and referrals. We now have a valuable network of partners, skilled tradesmen and master craftsmen with whom we work alongside.


PlaceDesign Kitchens and Interiors is a high end furniture and interior design service with over 20 years design and project management experience.

We pride ourselves on:

  • Creative innovative design solutions.
  • Independent product advice.
  • Fully bespoke English hand crafted furniture of the highest quality available.
  • A choice of European contemporary suppliers.
  • Complete project management for your total peace of mind.
  • Working closely with clients to ensure the best, innovative and successful design is achieved.

Kitchen design is just the starting point of our services.. We also supply bedrooms, living rooms, bars, bathrooms, studies and utility rooms.

We can also advise with architectural issues and can recommend excellent builders for larger projects.

If you have any queries at all please contact us and we will be glad to help.


John was first class. He provide us the confidence and support for us to deliver our kitchen project. He listened, took on board our ideas, helped plug the gaps and gently redirected when we were going too far off piste. His build team, led by Matt, were easy to work with, generally pretty clean and tidy, and when they uncovered some nasty surprises during the work they didn’t come back and look to reopen negotiations. The only additional items in the final bill were extra things I requested along the way, which they were happy to accommodate. They snagged their own work, the few additional things I spotted were quickly dealt with and they immediately came back at their costs to deal with the one item that cropped up after completion. I couldn’t fault the experience, particularly during the challenges of Covid. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend John and his team, and I fully expect to use them again myself for future projects.Read More

It was a pleasure working with John on the design of our new kitchen! We knew we wanted an open plan space and a kitchen island/ bar, but could not come up with a solution for all the tricky aspects such as windows in the 'wrong' place etc. Everything became clear though once John got involved. During our first meeting he mainly listened to our ideas and asked the right questions about what sort of kitchen users we are and what our wishes and needs are, and which parts are non-negotiable. A few days later John showed us a first design which really wowed us as he challenged assumptions about how to use the space we had available. This first design was pretty much spot on, and we spent another couple of meeting together tweaking details and deciding on products, colours etc. Looking at samples was incredibly helpful and John had all the right contacts to enable us to do so. John was never far from the phone or email and continued to listen, give practical advice and share his honest opinion which we really appreciated. The results are a beautiful kitchen, sleek countertop with materials that are robust, beautiful to look at and touch, and from sustainability certified suppliers - and all of this on budget! Giant thanks to John who helped us creating a space we love and cherish every day!Read More

We couldn't be happier with our new kitchen. John and team were excellent through. They use good quality suppliers, deliver fats and to a very high standard of workmanship and were patient and flexible to our evolving requirements. I would highly recommend John and team to others.Read More

We were at a sticking point with our refurbishment when we decided to use John. We knew what we wanted but couldn't see how it would work. John showed us various layouts and options so that we could move forward with the project and we are delighted with the results. Our space has been totally transformed from several small spaces to an open plan design perfect for a family. John is friendly and professional and we would highly reccommend him to anyone.Read More

Finally making my dream kitchen a reality was pretty daunting. John listened to my (long!) list of requirements and incorporated them into the final design. He also made some excellent suggestions which l hadn’t even considered. Repositioning the oven and replacing with pan drawers has really improved the overall look of the kitchen, and framing the fridge with cupboards transformed our original plans. His experience really shone through, especially with his advice and guidance on worktop materials. It really helped us think about using the kitchen over the longer term and we couldn’t be happier with the results. John’s trades people are of a very high standard and are very tidy and polite. John was also always available to discuss any thoughts and concerns I had, which were many! His calmness and experience helped take the stress out of making decisions. Although I was dreading the work physically starting, he made the whole project fun. I really felt like I was in safe hands and did not have to worry. I can’t recommend him highly enough.Read More

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