The contemporary kitchens we design here in our kitchen showroom in Cheltenham are the work of our principal designer and co-founder of L’una Design, Dustin. He is at the centre of all kitchen design and associated home re-modelling we undertake and he works closely with suppliers including high-end Italian kitchen manufacturer Pedini and bespoke manufacturers of decorative glass surfaces, Deco Glaze. Interior design is then headed up by our principal interior designer and co-founder, Michele.
As part of their commitment to education and skills improvement within the industry, Deco Glaze recently ran a competition to award one of their clients the opportunity to win a 50% donation towards the value of a 3-year Foundation Degree course in Kitchen Design at Bucks New University.
Entrants were required to demonstrate why they thought they should be selected and in return, the winner was offered funding towards a course that has been designed in conjunction with key members of the kitchen industry and is in response to national training needs. Already in its third year, the course has the benefit of industry-leading lecturers who share how they approach projects, develop imaginative designs and understand demands and constraints in kitchen design.
As a growing interior design practice with a focus on kitchen design, we thought that this presented a fantastic opportunity to grow new kitchen designer talent within L’una Design. Within days Natasha’s application was completed and submitted, however, truthfully we did not expect to win as the competition was fierce.
Even though we knew we were being considered, we were so thrilled to hear that we had been chosen as the winning entry. Since then, things have moved at pace and Natasha has already started her foundation degree whilst continuing her work at L’una Design. Starting in September 2017, the three-year Foundation Degree Programme, designed in conjunction with key members of the kitchen industry, is being delivered as a distance learning, work-related foundation degree. It will see Natasha attending three intensive residential skilled workshops each year at Missenden Abbey Conference Centre in the heart of the Chiltern Hills.
We are really excited about the additional skills and ideas this initiative will bring to our business and we look forward to forging a closer relationship with Deco Glaze.