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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.


We had an excellent experience with John. He had a strong grasp of the practical considerations we needed to account for with our kitchen, and it was easy to move through the design and delivery stages as a result. More importantly, he was able to provide creative but specific input on our general ideas, turning them into the aesthetic we wanted. He was readily available and easy to deal with, even though delays and changes to our building work created challenges. We found him invaluable as a guide to realising our dream kitchen, and warmly recommend him and his team.Read More

John was brilliant at understanding our needs, our taste and our personalities. He created a design which is streamlined, welcoming, restful and so lovely to be in. We particularly appreciated the care he took with us, since this was our first major home improvement project. The builders that he recommended were excellent, and John project-managed the work from start to finish, always going the extra mile to make sure we got things just right. He gave excellent advice and guidance, while giving us space to make our own decisions. We would not hesitate to recommend PlaceDesign.Read More

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

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