Welcome to ZUUB
ZUUB is the result of more than 20 years of designing architecture, furniture and products, developing an expertise and style that is now honed to the design and handcrafting of long-living bespoke kitchens that fit their space effortlessly.
We have turned against the methods of mass production and enhanced the traditional craftsmen model to create something modern, innovative and suited to its environment and its purpose. We study the diagram, consider the orientation, light, comfort and work tirelessly at getting it right.
Working to a system and a process that combines our design philosophy, design approach, and the very different manner in which we do and see things.
We are 20 years of designing distilled into a brand new bespoke kitchen specialisation and presented to you as ZUUB.
ZUUB is the beginning and the end of your project. It’s the development of an initial thought a client has. ZUUB looks at your desires, your environment and your space, both indoors and outdoors.
We’ll expand your project into something that best sits in your environment, your house. It might be quite a bit more than just a new kitchen, we’ve re-planned entire houses but at times we’ve also seen fit to simply produce a one-of-a-kind piece of furniture.
A kitchen is the hub of the home, the centre of activity, the centre of your senses. We are design professionals, we are craftsmen, we are ZUUB.
Our point of difference
We are innovators. Our clients do not instruct us to go out and source kitchen elements to bolt together. They select us because we design, craft and install everything ourselves with our unique innovations built in.
We are professional architects
We are award winning designers
We are craftsmen based in Norfolk, England
We see beyond a kitchen.
We are ZUUB.
We seek to excite the senses
Touch every surface and feel
the quality of material
See beauty surrounding you
at every angle
The scent of the finest wood grain
Exercise a sign of Taste
Hear the adoration of others as they witness the bespoke, considered design.
The centre of your home and
of your senses
A kitchen by ZUUB
It is the subtlety of touches, the conscious decisions we make that our clients sub-conscious may only notice. The absolute, extreme attention to detail and our lack of fear to try something new that sets us apart. We are not here to provide our clients with what they might think they want, we’re here to delight them with something greater than they could possibly have imagined.
We are experts at crafting space and environments.
We are ZUUB.
We seek to discover exactly what the client really desires and the budget they have to work with to achieve the project goals. We look not only at how they use their kitchen but how they use their home as a whole.
We approach our client with an open mind, we don’t analyse you too closely but we are known for providing what we think you’re looking for over what you might say you’re looking for.
A client of ZUUB is not passed off onto an assistant, design junior or graduate trainee but has the ear of the ZUUB Principal and Owner, Hugh Gilbert, who knows each project intimately and now counts many of his former clients as really good friends. Hugh is a Cambridge University graduate and an RIBA Chartered Architect.
Once we have a sense of our client, their goals and ambitions for their space and the manner in which they use their kitchen and their home we are able to set about creating a master plan to neatly describe our thoughts.
This is followed by in depth discussions with the client, who by this point, is hopefully surprised and challenged by our ideas. Discussion continues, detailed plans are drawn up and any planning permission elements are taken care of. Finally fine kitchen detailing, drawings and models are created. By this stage, based on past experience, trust will have been established and the project can be realised.
Hand crafted in England.
As a design piece but not so precious that its ability to function as a kitchen is impaired.
Our observation is that people who make kitchens typically fall into two categories. Firstly the large manufacturers who mass produce kitchens into, essentially, a modular arrangement of boxes bolted together to form a standard product with different finishes and features. Secondly, sit the local craftsmen, a joinery or cabinet maker who will craft a kitchen for their locality using traditional methods to a traditional style.
We sit in a different sphere. Our first direction and our pedigree is within design. Our energy, intelligence and knowledge goes into the design of a space and objects to fit it. We then call on our expert craftsmen to build. We don’t approach a project in the traditional manner and would certainly never mass produce. We will almost certainly never produce a kitchen of a series of boxes.
Each ZUUB project is unique and entirely bespoke, always a one of a kind with some familiar ZUUB innovations built in. For over twenty years our highly talented Norfolk based craftsmen have expertly brought our highly detailed designs to life. They prototype and perform detailed testing and checks on each piece before they consider it fit for our discerning client.
We see the most important thing about designing space for living and for cooking is getting the diagram spot on. Movement, circulation, activities, habits all considered and accounted for on design level. We look for the solution that is already there. Our design is noticeable because it is visually interesting but otherwise it’s just there, ingrained into your lifestyle and because of its simplicity, you’d be lost without it.
A vast amount of work goes into making the final solution feel entirely natural and unforced. We want space to flow and complement one another. We seek to innovate and bring pleasure in comfort and functionality to individuals that can afford such luxury.
We believe an object can both look good and be capable of performing a worthwhile function, pleasingly, which is why we always seek to incorporate some ZUUB innovations into each project. Hover over the images to the left to see their dual functions.
A sink tidy to tuck away unsightly products, a chopping station complete with dual bin for discarding food waste and general waste and finally a bread bin large enough to store baguettes complete with chopping board lid, knife tidy and crumb catcher.
It’s these and more complex innovations that unify our bespoke ZUUB projects.
Contact ZUUB to discuss your kitchen desires
We take on projects globally, but are based out of England and France.
Dalham, Suffolk, United Kingdom
74170 Les Contamines Montjoie, France