Nathan Kingsbury Design is a design studio specialising in bespoke kitchens and interiors run by husband and wife partnership Nathan Kingsbury and Amber Yorkshire. Both had a background in the arts before knowing each other, with Nathan studying furniture design and Amber drama, after which Amber went straight into business while Nathan began designing and producing bespoke furniture. They met at Amber’s sister’s wedding – she was the maid of honour; he was the best man – and they found not only their life partner but also a great teammate, with Amber leaving the rat-race to join Nathan’s up and coming business.
Although originally from Reigate, Amber was living in London at the time, but came back home before they got married. “Lots of our friends are coming back from London. It’s a lovely place to raise kids and there’s all that countryside on the doorstep. For us, getting down to the south coast, but having London and clients near too, as well as the Surrey Hills, makes it pretty perfect.”
This love of the natural world is reflected in Nathan’s designs and materials. “We both love the outdoors and nature is central to his sense of design,” Amber says. “We like to introduce natural materials into our work. They last forever, getting more beautiful as they age and often forming a patina, which adds to the beauty. A patina can’t be faked, and it changes with you as you move on in your life. That sense of quality and craftsmanship is really important to us.”
Once only behind the scenes, Amber now accompanies Nathan onsite and helps with colours and bouncing design ideas around. “It’s inevitable when you are a small team!” she says. “And I love it. Nathan is obsessed with creativity: as a form of escapism he even makes his own watercolours from moss, lichen or stones, and it’s this inquisitive nature and eye for detail that he brings to his interiors.”
If you are interested in having a bespoke interior, a consultation is the first step. “Nathan visits your home and talks to you at length to tap into, your individual needs, tastes and how you like to live, as well as honing in on specific aspects of the architecture that spark inspiration. He draws from the aesthetic of original features and can make designs contemporary or very much in the original form. Everything is drawn by hand to continue the flow of creativity, infusing personality and maintaining the human element, which is so important to us. It’s truly bespoke from start to finish, every aspect, not just choosing from a few set variations. Because of this we take prospective clients to view our work in situ; our existing clients generously offer to open their homes, and this creates a sense of community we gratefully welcome.”
Of course, a Nathan Kingsbury Design bespoke kitchen or interior is an investment piece, made to last, and be a partnership of ideas between client and designer. “We often see people we’ve worked with around town,” Amber says, “and that’s one of the really lovely things about being based in Reigate; it’s small enough for that to happen, but with great connections to the rest of the South of England.”