The winner of hit BBC2 show Interior Design Masters has partnered with Slaithwaite-based bespoke fitted furniture manufacturer Daval to create a luxury family suite at a leading Lake District hotel.
Interior designer and architect Lynsey Ford, who is from Slaithwaite, was chosen to transform the suite – named Willow Cottage – at Another Place hotel as her prize for winning the programme, hosted by comedian Alan Carr, in March this year.
Talking about the project, Lynsey said: “Sourcing and procuring materials for my projects locally wherever possible is really important to me.
“Daval is based in the same village as me, so they were my first port of call for working up the cabinetry designs for the suite at Another Place.
“As it is a family suite in a Lake District hotel and I am working with Daval to create a boot room as part of the design where guests can kick off muddy shoes and wellies after a day out walking.
“There will also be a small kitchen and bar area with a sink, fridge and antique glass-backed shelving for enjoying pre-dinner drinks in the room, plus two bedrooms with integrated wardrobe and desk spaces designed and fitted by Daval.
Lynsey added: “Sustainability is also integral to all my work. I hate waste and the thought of anything useable going to landfill. So, I’ve chosen cabinetry from Daval’s Renzo range for part of the scheme as the cupboard doors are made from 100% recycled materials, meaning I can balance my keen interest in sustainable design while still achieving the deep, rich and textured aesthetic I want to create in the suite.”
Speaking about her inspiration for the scheme, Lynsey explained: “I’ve really taken inspiration from the views at Another Place, and from the colours, textures and materials that surround it outside. There are lots of natural woods in the hotel already, and a lovely palette of rusty colours and greens.
“I really want to concentrate on framing the striking, expansive views, because that’s the main reason you’re there. But the key, for me, is that it’s all about balance. You have to be able to shut the curtains in the evenings and get cosy, so I want to make sure there’s also plenty to enjoy when the view is not there. That comes down to the statement colours, and where you place the statement artwork.
James Bodsworth, design director at Daval, said: “We’re delighted to be partnering with Lynsey on this unique project for Another Place. Our made-to-measure design and manufacturing process that happens in the heart of Slaithwaite means we can bring Lynsey’s exact ideas to life to ensure she achieves the precise look and feel for the room.
“When we introduced Lynsey to our recycled Renzo cabinetry, she was impressed by its sustainable credentials and we both knew immediately that it would make a fantastic addition to the overall design of the space.
“Sustainability in fitted furniture design is hugely important and as consumers, we are placing more importance than ever the origins of the products we choose for our homes, and their longevity. This is also echoed in hospitality where hoteliers are becoming increasingly conscious of sustainable design.
“We are delighted to be working with Lynsey to bring her vision for Willow Cottage to life.”
Daval was founded in 1978 and remains family-run by the Bodsworth family. The company designs and manufactures in-house at its 100,000 square foot factory and design showroom in Slaithwaite.
Willow Cottage is available to book from April 2022.