“Bespoke” Means Ultra-Custom Design

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The British word “bespoke” is catching on in the US. We think that’s GREAT and here’s why…

What does bespoke mean?

“Bespoke” means “ultra custom” in British design parlance. It was originally used in the context of clothing. Its use in the world of kitchen and bath design coincided with expanding notions of customers seeking out unique and personalized spaces. The word helps distinguish between something custom made and something truly ultra-custom made.

Custom made means there’s there’s an overarching template and you get made-to-order units based on the dimensions, colors, materials and style you have in mind.

Bespoke is when you have a general idea – and maybe even a napkin sketch – of what you want, but it doesn’t exist anywhere…. not until a designer and craftspeople work together to create it. Your bespoke creation is truly one-of-a-kind.

    The Rise of Bespoke Design in the US

    The trend of bespoke design is on the rise, due in part to the popularity of home improvement shows and websites. They’ve exposed everyone to the wider range of design possibilities. Also, the rise of social media has made it easier for people to share their own custom designs with others, which has inspired others to do the same.

    A Sampling of Drury Design Bespoke Creations

    The bold blue powder room above complements an adjacent kitchen. The bespoke porcelain vanity matches the porcelain used in parts of the kitchen and two nearby fireplaces. The reappearance of the gorgeous porcelain from room to room helps unite the collective look and feel of the home’s renovated first floor. 

    The bespoke round vanity in the bold gold bathroom above is the result of the homeowner wanting a very particular finish and shape that you just don’t see in showrooms. The idea in her head came from custom furniture makers so Creative Director Gladys Schanstra did just that – collaborated with a craftsman experienced with custom furniture. They converted a dining room buffet into the perfect vanity that fit the client’s vision.

    Senior Designer Samantha Schoell designed a bespoke entertainment console for clients who wanted a particular kind of entertainment center in their new family room. They wanted cabinetry that matched the style and color of the cabinets being built for the fireplace. No problem – Samantha’s ultra-custom design included speaker mesh and diamond-patterned metal grilles to ensure that the electronics inside it have a way to dissipate sound and heat. 

    We helped maximize the functionality of a kitchen for a Hyde Park client by turning every nook, cranny and bare wall space into some kind of storage. Note the depth of the end-cabinet space by the dishwasher above. We turned it into a designated place for magazines.

    Almost any cavity can be turned into elegant storage!

    Drury Design has a long history of creating bespoke kitchen and bath elements. We’ve worked with clients to create everything from custom vanities to tub decks to tables. We take pride in our ability to listen to our clients’ needs and create pieces that are both functional and stylish.

    If you’re looking for a kitchen or bath that is truly one-of-a-kind, then bespoke is the way to go. We can help you create a space that reflects your personal style and needs. Contact us today to learn more about our bespoke design services. 

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