Humphrey Munson’s new showrooms: where quality takes centre stage30 Nov
Bringing a new meaning to ‘immersive experiences’, the bespoke kitchen and cabinet designers talk to us about their refreshed showroom in Felsted, Essex.
Abandon all your preconceived ideas of what a kitchen showroom looks like: if there was ever a company that redefined the concept, it’s our friends at Humphrey Munson. The bespoke kitchen and cabinetry designers and all-round interior gurus create smart spaces that don’t just look the part; they work seamlessly for the modern-day home. At the beginning of 2020, on their enduringly popular, aesthetically flawless Instagram page, they announced the completion of their showroom refurbishment following a year-long renovation.
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Theirs is a destination showroom offering a unique customer experience. The Humphrey Munson showrooms now pack a truly bespoke cabinetry punch with five fully live and functional kitchens showcasing each bespoke H|M design – the Nickleby, Longford, Spenlow (both traditional and contemporary) and Markham (outdoor kitchen).
By refreshing their showroom, Humphrey Munson has created an immersive destination experience for their clients, layer by layer, with authentic kitchens that can be used and cooked in, not just a still display to look at and admire. In doing so, Humphrey Munson allows their clients to test their kitchens out as they would do at home, to get a feel for the quality and durability that can only be experienced when you interact with a space. They run an ‘Appointment Only’ booking policy, giving clients the privacy to experience the different kitchen styles in their own time.
Explore kitchen appliances and accessories
Among the curated worktops by Caesarstone & CRL, bespoke cabinets, limestone and porcelain floors (from their own H|M Flooring Library) and fittings, the showrooms feature appliances and accessories including Gaggenau, Miele, Lacanche, Fisher & Paykel, Quooker and Barber Wilsons & Co. In fact, it’s the only showroom in the UK where you can find both indoor and outdoor Sub-Zero & Wolf appliances. The showroom doesn’t just feature kitchens. Doorways lead off to adjacent rooms; including two pantries, a utility room, boot room, sitting room, wine room and an exquisite bar – all displaying high-end English furniture and, as it happens, bespoke Westbury windows and joinery.
‘We have always loved working Westbury – the quality of their product and the quality of their service is unsurpassed,’ explains Peter Humphrey, Design Director & Founder of Humphrey Munson. ‘It was only natural that when it came to specifying the windows and doors for the showroom renovations, we chose to specify Westbury.’
‘Diligent design, precision engineering and attention to detail are at the heart of Westbury’s joinery operation; a visit to their pristine workshop will make this immediately obvious. With the windows and doors now installed in the showrooms for almost a year, we have been so pleased with the consistently perfect finish achieved. This was no surprise of course when it comes to the finish and ultimately the longevity of the joinery, this is where Westbury surges ahead and rightfully claim their place as the market leader for bespoke windows and doors.’
Quality, heritage and craftmanship
Like Humphrey Munson, we understand how much our clients appreciate having the opportunity to schedule a tour of our workshop in South Woodham Ferrers in Essex. You can see our craftsmen in action and fully understand the time, skill and materials that are required to make our bespoke, high-performing timber doors, windows, and roof lanterns. When our clients visit us, one of the critical subjects we like to discuss is the materials. We use a sustainable and exceptionally durable knot-free timber called Accoya ® from Accsys for the outside-facing sections of our doors and windows, which prevents water ingress and rot. It is one of the very few building products to have acquired Cradle-to-Cradle certification at the stringent Gold level.
Accoya is CO² neutral throughout its full lifecycle, 100% biodegradable and offers exceptional performance and longevity. Accoya provides superior thermal insulation, and when combined with the water-based, microporous paint systems from Teknos, your doors and windows are guaranteed to last for up to 50 years. Secure and robust handles and ironmongery from British firm Croft complete the look.
Founded in 1995 by Peter Humphrey, Humphrey Munson uses traditional joinery techniques to manufacture handmade cabinetry at their workshop in Felsted, Essex. Working with residential clients across the UK and overseas, the H|M brand reflects the perfect balance of heritage and innovation in creating spaces that bring a fresh, clean look to classic English cabinetry design. To make a showroom appointment with them, please click here or call 01371 821300.