The latest initiative from Roundhouse takes us very close to carbon neutrality. In an investment close to £200,000, Roundhouse has recently installed a biomass boiler at our factory in Malvern. Encouraged by the Renewable Heat Initiative, a government scheme which incentivises companies to make the change, all our wood waste is now burnt to heat the factory. The biomass boiler handles 8 to 10 tonnes of wood waste per week, all of which previously went to landfill by road in skips.  Now it is all burnt on site, and it doesn’t just heat the factory - the heat is used for other industrial processes such as lacquer curing. As we’ve reduced emissions from the gas heating we previously used, and by curtailing transport journeys to landfill to dispose of waste, we are close to being carbon neutral. So, not only do we save on our carbon footprint, but we have no more waste disposal costs, and no more gas bills for heating the building. It’s win-win all round!...

One of our favourite kitchens features in November's issue of Utopia Kitchen and Bathroom Magazine in an article entitled 'Bespoke Solution'. This handleless 'Urbo' kitchen demonstrates Roundhouse versatility with a huge statement storage piece in Walnut, which doubles up as a pantry and a wardrobe for coats and shoes. When architectural spaces multi-function, furniture has to multi-function too!...

It's not often we make a formal announcement welcoming new recruits to Roundhouse but in this case we couldn't help but make an exception. We welcome Boxer pup, Woody to our factory in Malvern where he joins pal Nutty. We think you'll agree that he's already looking quite at home!...

It’s a hard life… last night on an unexpectedly warm late summer evening we were sipping our favourite British fizz, Nyetimber and mingling with London’s design cognoscenti in the Orangery in Kensington Palace Gardens for the Elle Decoration British Design Awards (BDA). The BDA’s recognise the beautiful, useful, and original work by British designers and our friends at Pinch, Russell Pinch and his wife Oona Bannon have been nominated in the category of Best British Brand, alongside other luminaries of the design world, Tom Dixon, Present & Correct, Sitting Firm and Plum & Ashby. We're thrilled that not only there is such a resurgence  in British Design and manufacturing and that it is receiving the recognition it deserves. The voting is open until 30th September 2013 so there’s still time to cast your vote at www.britishdesignawards.com....

Phew! What a hectic couple of weeks. Not only have we been busy in the Roundhouse Wigmore Street showroom hosting our own London Design Festival event, where we launched new bespoke finishes and designer ceramics but we’ve also been out and about at the London Design Festival. Roundhouse is a design-led company - we make a point of supporting new (and established!) British design talent. With this in mind we wore out our poor feet checking out the latest designs and innovations at Tent London, Design Junction and 100% Design last week and we’re so glad we made the effort. We were really impressed by exciting new designers, work by old friends and were particularly pleased to note the resurgence of British design and manufacturing. We saw many old friends; architect Peter Morris, who offered free advice, Quooker hosted a welcome coffee bar and showed their designs in collaboration with leading British designer Nick Munro, and designers Ikuku Iwamoto and Stuart Carey whose work we’ve shown in our showroom having spotted them at the Royal College of Art. We took lots of inspirational photographs and here we’ve picked out just a few highlights.  ...

Roundhouse is home to a number of design students each year who come to us from Nottingham Trent University to experience life at the sharp end of bespoke kitchen, furniture and product design. Over the past few years we’ve been very impressed with the calibre, commitment and creativity of those who have spent time working with us and a significant number have gone on to become permanent members of the Roundhouse team. This year is no exception, so when Roundhouse Managing Director Craig asked Simon Farthing, one of this years intake, to come up with a design solution for a sink cover to be used in our newest concrete work surface, he jumped at the chance. Simon designed a simple solution. A wooden board that slots neatly into the recess around the stainless steel sink, that can slide across to cover the sink, creating a chopping board for food preparation. The design is as stylish as it is practical and has already been used by one of London’s top chefs at a recent cookery demonstration held in our showroom. It’s good to know that we can spot such emerging talent!...