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WE HAVE LIFT OFF | Launch at Plain English

June, 2018

Wednesday 9th May has been in the diary, with a great big red circle around it, for months.  It was to be the day that we would launch The Room Service: a long-term project and labour of love, with big ambitions and a whole lot of heart poured into it.  As a website devoted to artisan craft and promoting the talent of British craftspeople, there was no question that we would launch anywhere but at London Craft Week, a celebration and showcase of exceptional craftsmanship and creativity from across the globe.

The stakes were high for us: not only were we introducing our baby to the world, but expectations were high. Wallpaper magazine selected us as –  queue pounding heart  – one of the top ten events to attend during London Craft Week.  When there are 300 spectacular events from the great and the good of Craft and Design, that is praise indeed.  All-time interior style hero of mine and former editor of  Elle Decoration –  Michelle Ogundehin – selected it as one of her top picks too.

If you were one of the ones who snapped up a ticket, we hope you had a fabulous time with us and hopefully it lived up to expectation. But for those of you who couldn’t join us, or those of you who’d like to see what went on behind the scenes, we wanted to share some of our highlights with you.

First and foremost….the venue. PLAIN ENGLISH.

Otherwise known as: the dream kitchen, to surpass all dream kitchens.

For over a quarter of a century, Plain English has set the benchmark for kitchens of quality, craftsmanship and heritage. With a huge dash of style. At their core is an absolute commitment to authenticity, timeless elegance and an exacting attention to detail, and it shows everywhere you look.

There wasn’t a person in the room who wasn’t swooning over the immaculate joinery, the paint finishes or the exquisite cupboards and cabinets – truly as beautiful on the inside as on the outside. I even caught someone stroking the worktops (ok, that was me).  The space was magical and dressing it with our stylist Hana Snow with pieces made by our makers was a dream come true for both of us.

All things kitchen aside, they were also the perfect hosts and made us feel very very welcome.  Perhaps too much as I now want to move in.  Thank you, Plain English.  As I said on the night, I have now started a Plain English kitchen piggy bank.

More on our next highlight – Roux Scholar and Chef Dan Cox – to come next week…..

Sophie Coryton

The Room Service