Why Choose Artisan?
Andy Brown, founder of Artisan Interiors Ltd, explains how it all began…
“I’ve been in the building industutry for most of my adult life, predominantly as a kitchen fitter.
It was back in 2013 when I decided that I didn’t really want to be fitting kitchens anymore… Instead, I’d rather spend my time doing what I enjoyed the most which was planning and designing them.
I thought the best way to do this would be to get a job, so in March of that year I secured a position with A National Kitchen Supplier based in the north of England. I’d be visiting potential customers in their homes throughout South Wales and South West England, designing and selling high-end kitchens… My dream job!… or so I thought.
It soon became apparent that their definition of ‘high end’ differed greatly from mine… I’d fitted hundreds of kitchens in my career from entry level ‘off-the-shelf’ furniture to bespoke ‘hand-made’ works of art and their kitchens were mediocre at best. But the price tag… Well that was high-end!
Instead of feeling happy whenever I sold a kitchen, I just felt guilty that I’d saddled someone with years of debt for a kitchen that I could have sourced at a fraction of the price. Needles to say, after just 3 months I decided that this wasn’t the job for me which was when my idea for Artisan Interiors was born…
Although I didn’t enjoy my time with that company, the good thing that came out of it was that it forced me change my van for a car. This made it more difficult for me to take the easy route and go back on the tools. Instead I decided I would create my own company that would design, supply and install kitchens that were not only fantastic quality but, above all, great value for money too. So… in July 2013, I formed Artisan Interiors Ltd.
One of the first things I did was call a friend of mine, Danny Borge, who I’d met a couple of years earlier mountain biking. Danny was a carpenter who loved fitting kitchens and was the perfect choice to team up with on my future projects. I’d design and supply the kitchens and he’d project manage the installation side of things. Although he was pretty busy with his own projects at the time, the lure of working exclusively with kitchens was too great and in 2016 Danny became a partner in Artisan Interiors Ltd.”
“It was in March 2016 that we visited the KBB Show in Birmingham. We’d been talking about setting up a workshop in Cardiff where we would manufacture top quality kitchens ourselves so the timing was perfect to speak to potential suppliers at the show.
What we didn’t expect was to be completely bowled over by a German Kitchen Manufacturer that would make us drop every plan we’d had about manufacturing our own kitchens and instead focus all of our efforts on opening a showroom to sell their kitchens instead… The German Manufacturer exibiting that day was of course, Schüller…
So that’s what we did… We secured our retail unit on Penarth Road, Cardiff in July 2016, a date that my wife remembers well as I spent our anniversary that year in Herrieden, Germany visiting Schüller headquarters (She’s forgiven me now… I think!).
By september we’d turned an empty building into a beautiful kitchen showroom and were open for business… The rest, as they say, is history.”
MEET THE TEAM
When you visit our Cardiff Showroom, you’ll be welcomed by our friendly professional team, eager to assist you and design the perfect room to transform your home.
Click on a team member’s image to find out more about them:
ANDY BROWN – DIRECTOR
Andy’s passion and knowledge for kitchens and bedrooms spans over two decades having previously worked as a designer and installer. His focus at Artisan Interiors is the marketing side of the business and, after reading a plethora of marketing books and attending many training courses, he’s quite the expert. Andy’s the team’s IT support and has designed and built the company websites, which he continually works on to keep them updated. Andy’s usually found working at his desk in the shared office upstairs, craving his heavy metal playlist, but politely listening to something a little more mellow until Sandra goes home at 3pm!
Rock Music, Rugby and Download Festival.
Chart Music, Sprouts and any TV Show with ‘Celebrity’ in the title.
👉 INTERESTING FACT:
Andy has an honorary doctorate from the University of Athens for research into Hypnotic Techniques.
Andy – Director
DANNY BORGE – DIRECTOR
Danny’s had a long career in the kitchen, bedroom and bathroom trade and installed them for over 20 years. He originally trained as a carpenter and joiner but soon turned his attentions to transforming rooms, where his passion and eye for detail were put to good use. Danny’s extensive knowledge of kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms enables him to advise clients and ensure their room will work on a practical level. In the showroom, he manages the orders, deliveries and installations and is often out visiting site to check everything’s running smoothly. Danny enjoys cooking and loves to make use of the appliances in the kitchen showroom – he cooks a mean filet steak on the Bora hob!
Gadgets, Crisps and Talking (lots!)
TV Soaps, Cauliflower and Cheap Tools.
👉 INTERESTING FACT:
Danny has fractured his skull three times, but surprisingly has no brain damage!
Danny – Director
MEGAN JONES – SALES (SATURDAY)
Megan joined the team in January 2019 and works in the Showroom on Saturdays. She’s at school in Cardiff and would like to be either a forensic pathologist or a paediatrician when she’s older (she’s undecided which end of life to work with yet!) Megan’s fitted in really well with the rest of the team and loves to keep busy when she’s at work. She meets and greets clients, makes the drinks, helps with filing, shredding, cleaning and postage.
Crime documentaries &
Cotton wool balls, Slow walkers & Having her volume on a number that isn’t divisible by 5.
👉 INTERESTING FACT:
Megan completed her Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award and played netball for Cardiff & Vale for 2 years.
Megan – Sales
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