Twenty years ago I set out on a bit of a mission. I’d bought a timber-frame house dating back to the Civil War. It needed a new kitchen. Architectural nuances (wonky walls) meant fitted just wasn’t an option. But neither was the cost or compromise of antique furniture.  It had to be practical for everyday family living.

What I wanted was a real wood kitchen designed to fit my home and complement its character.

I set about finding a sustainable source of quality wood. Being lucky enough to have travelled extensively in South East Asia I found what I was looking for… teak. Teak from a sustainable plantation in Indonesia supporting a local community of craftsmen.

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loveTeak is a beautiful wood. High oil content, impressive tensile strength and tight grain mean it’s also highly practical. What I love about teak is its durability, especially around water. They used to build boats out of it so I knew it would withstand the demands of a modern family kitchen!

Being a South/ South-East Asian wood, teak furniture always had an ethnic styling. No one had applied this timber to English design and finish. That’s what I set out to do.


It started with kitchens and teak. But demand for quality real wood furniture around the house meant I was soon creating pieces for dining rooms, bedrooms, bathrooms and beyond. And not just in teak. Devizes is a hub for craftsmen and over 20 years Important Rooms has built strong relationships with local tradesmen and suppliers… to seamlessly incorporate everything from granite worktops to tiling, fittings to lighting.