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Farnham-based designers nelsontaylor

PUBLISHED: 17:22 10 August 2009 | UPDATED: 16:10 20 February 2013

Farnham interior designers Calvin Nelson and Vikki Taylor of nelsontaylor

Farnham interior designers Calvin Nelson and Vikki Taylor of nelsontaylor

For kitchens with the wow factor, look no further than Farnham-based designers nelsontaylor. JANET DONIN went to meet the dynamic duo behind the company, Calvin Nelson and Vikki Taylor, to find out more

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine July 2009

For kitchens with the wow factor, look no further than Farnham-based designers nelsontaylor. JANET DONIN went to meet the dynamic duo behind the company, Calvin Nelson and Vikki Taylor, to find out more


Names: Calvin Nelson and Vikki Taylor
Company: nelsontaylor
Address: 9 St James Terrace, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7JT
Tel: 01252 719877



When it comes to designing kitchens, Farnham-based Calvin Nelson, 33, and his partner Vikki Taylor, 31, are positively buzzing with ideas. The couple met while working for a bespoke kitchen company in London, but were frustrated at the lack of control and flexibility that their jobs offered. So, last year, they decided to take the plunge and launched their own company.

In the beginning

Vikki's background, working with architects on projects ranging from hotels to restaurants and flats, as well as designing furniture, gave her a keen eye for interiors, while Calvin, who comes from a long line of carpenters, specialises in ergonomic design and the practical use of space. "I'm more interested in style and form," says Vikki, "and Calvin is a whiz with the technicalities." A partnership made in kitchen heaven!

"When we formed our company, we wanted to design individual kitchens for our clients," adds Calvin, "rather than simply helping them pick one out of a showroom." To this end, they work very closely with their customers. "Some people know exactly what they want," says Vikki, "but others have a colour in mind or just the mood they want to create."

Having established a broad concept, a layout is designed, together with precise working drawings for their cabinetmaker and service drawings for the client's builder. From then on, Vikki or Calvin will project-manage the making and installation of the kitchen so that their clients are confident every step of the way. "We'll even take them to see the cabinets being made if they want to be really involved," says Calvin. And because everything is made specifically for each kitchen, the fitting process is relatively quick with the minimum of disruption.

Current trends

There are many advantages to having a custom-made kitchen - not least the fact that you can have the cabinets in any wood you want or spray-painted in any colour. At the moment, Vikki says glossy kitchens in rich plum or green are very popular equalled by wooden doors in oak or walnut, but with the grain going horizontally rather than vertically for a more streamlined look.

Storage is always high on everyone's agenda, especially the more accessible deep drawers instead of base cabinets, with inserts for plates or pans and pull-out corner cupboards, to make the best use of space.

When it comes to work surfaces, Calvin says composite stone offers more colour choice than granite, which tends to be rather dark, and it's a lot more durable than last year's favourite of polished concrete.

Future plans

Looking to the future, as well as producing individual pieces of freestanding furniture, Vikki and Calvin are also working with graphic artists to produce unique designs for the insides of cabinets.

"Just like a suit can have a contrasting design or colour as a lining, we think it would be cool to have colour or pattern on the inside of cupboard doors!" adds Vikki.

Now that definitely sounds like my kind of kitchen!


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