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Masterpieces from Stone: Elevating Spaces with Artisans of Devizes


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Masterpieces from Stone: Elevating Spaces with Artisans of Devizes
Clara Carlino de Paz
January 31, 2024

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The Artisans of Devizes brand holds a deep-seated connection to the art of stone craftsmanship, a tradition that's been passed down through the generations. Later expanding to bespoke creations including staircases, sinks, shower trays, Artisans of Devizes showcases the limitless possibilities of stone and tile.

In this article, we push the boundaries of what designers can dream of when it comes to interior design, alongside Sally Cutchie, Marketing Manager at Artisans of Devizes. You can source their incredible range on Portaire’s free curated directory.

Sophie Thorpe/ Adam Carter Photography

Elevating interior design with bespoke stone creations

Artisans of Devizes go beyond the conventional and traditional stone supplier; they are design partners that take interior design projects to the next level. Their offerings encompass not only majestic one-of-a-kind stone staircases and hall tiling, but also bespoke stone sinks and shower trays that match the elegance of the surrounding tiles. Their focus remains on high-end, natural stone and unparalleled craftsmanship, allowing every little detail to take centre stage and set your project apart.

Speaking to Sally, their commitment to beauty is palpable; “We are passionate about working with designers to create timeless interiors using natural stone and tiles.” She continues, “We blend three generations of family heritage with expert design advice, extensive material selection, and in-house bespoke solutions. Our commitment to exceptional service, including technical guidance and project coordination, sets us apart as your partner in creating timeless, high-end projects.”

Given their unique and bespoke approach to stone, we had to ask… “Sally, could you tell us some of the most unusual or unique uses for stone Artisans has taken on?”. “Of course. Stone is incredibly versatile and it is so important to work with the existing fabric of the building so that new additions become a part of it. We have created incredibly intricate floors using multiple types of stone which is becoming quite a signature for us. 

“Working with stone leads us from contemporary to classical so there are often stone reproductions in our repertoire where we mimic existing features of a building so that the floors, steps, treads and cornicing all work in harmony and look like they have always been there. 

“Working with quarries all over the world, we come across some particularly exotic stones such as blue and sunset onyx which we have fabricated into beautiful book matched shower cladding.” Stunning doesn’t cover it!

Artisan Interiors/ Darren Chung Photography

What Artisans can do for your interior design projects

Design advice and material selection are offered by the Artisans of Devizes' experienced team, who can recommend the best solutions for a project from their extensive product library. Upon request, they also provide free samples and sample boards for project presentations.

Technical and specification advice is provided by the estimating team of Artisans of Devizes, who can guide on quantities, pricing, and produce detailed schematic drawings for more intricate layouts, formats, and patterns.The brand’s in-house workshop specialises in creating bespoke stone features for projects, offering tailor-made solutions.

Logistics and delivery support for larger and complex projects are provided by a dedicated Project Consultant at Artisans of Devizes, assisting with contract coordination and scheduling. Their reliable transport network ensures smooth deliveries, and for bespoke orders, their own vans are available, ensuring control from start to finish.

After-care and maintenance advice, from installation and materials guidance to sealing and ongoing maintenance, are available through Artisans of Devizes' Customer Service team, providing peace of mind for both clients and customers.

If that wasn’t enough, bespoke services from Artisans of Devizes encompass consultations and sourcing, whether for a simple stone consultation or a custom solution. They source stone and marble from hand-picked quarries within the UK and Europe, and their in-house workshop can fabricate various items such as stone slabs, countertops, wall cladding, shower trays, stair treads, pool copings, or any other project requirements. Tailored templating services ensure precision in bespoke designs, as Artisans of Devizes can work with existing technical drawings or arrange for their experts to visit and laser template the designated area.

Bespoke services are particularly necessary for those projects that require more attention to detail. As Sally puts it,  “you may have a vision for your perfect stone vanity but cannot find something off the shelf – our sourcing team will help find the perfect stone and create your vision as you see it. We also specialise in grander features such as staircases and spa areas”

With substantial investments in their in-house workshop, Artisans of Devizes can manage every step of the stone's journey, from sourcing to fabrication and finishing. Also, their reach is global; they’ve led projects from the Cotswolds to Barbados. Obsessed.

Artisan Interiors/ Darren Chung Photography

To set the scene on how Artisans of Devizes can help you learn more about stone and tiling, and how you can use it to provide unique designs, let’s get into some fabulous examples on previous projects. 

Project Showcase: Classic Elegance

The Hampshire country house underwent a master suite renovation to create a cosier and more intimate ambiance; and to start this journey, the home’s clients chose Artisans of Devizes as their trusted companion. The chosen Calacatta Oceana marble from Artisans of Devizes brought warmth and luxury to the en suite bathroom, enveloping the flooring, shower, and vanity tops to maintain a seamless look. A custom diamond lattice pattern and book-matched marble in the shower created a striking feature, and marble cladding on the shower ceiling and architrave added a timeless touch.

To enhance the period feel and connection between the spaces, the bedroom's existing panelling was extended into the ensuite and painted in soothing grey and softer tones. Recessed storage was cleverly hidden behind vintage foxed mirrors above the vanities, seamlessly integrating with the timeless look. The design was inspired by a hand-painted de Gournay wallpaper in the bedroom, featuring blues, greys, and peachy pink, which harmonised with the Calacatta Oceana marble. Fabric-covered shutters and natural landscape-themed fabric by Schumacher added softness and cohesion. An impressive chandelier and glass wall sconces provided a classic finishing touch, elevating the entire scheme.

Overbury Interiors and James Balston Photography

Project Showcase: Harwood Properties

This classic-style newbuild in Hampshire, designed as a family home by a property developer, required an interior that harmonised with its rural setting and showcased natural materials. Emphasising beautiful and durable flooring for entertaining spaces, the project focused on creating a formal yet warm ambiance.

In the hallway, a Mallory limestone with a tumbled cabochon layout was chosen, providing a classic aesthetic reminiscent of Georgian properties. The same stone extended into various entertaining areas, including the kitchen, kitchen-diner, family snug, bootroom, utility, and statement powder room. Continuity was achieved by using Mallory limestone throughout the house, contributing to a harmonious feel.

The master bathroom featured Aliseo marble for an elegant and cohesive look, with deep accents on the double vanity and roll-top bath. In the child's bathroom, Aliseo marble in a tile format and herringbone tiles injected contemporary touches. The guest bathroom showcased Mallory limestone, complementing the warm tones of the surrounding countryside and tying in with the chocolate brown hues and feather design Zoffany wallpaper. The overall design aimed to connect indoor spaces with nature, emphasizing natural materials and a soft, flowing palette.

Harwood Properties/Adam Carter Photography

Project Showcase: Claudia Ludwig Designs

Interior designer Claudia Ludwig took on the task of redesigning the master bathroom in a Victorian mews house in St John’s Wood, London. Faced with layout challenges, including an awkwardly placed shower and damaged floor, the client sought a more luxurious and feminine atmosphere.

Claudia's solution involved relocating the shower to create space and turning the chimney breast into a focal point with a bespoke rose mosaic made of glass tiles. The color palette, inspired by the mosaic, extended to the walls painted in Mizzle by Farrow & Ball. A contemporary freestanding bath and opulent marble flooring from Artisans of Devizes added sophistication.

The chosen marble, Aliseo, with its natural depth and texture, complemented the Viola marble selected for the vanity top and shower splashback. These choices harmonized with the master bedroom's purple palette. The design was completed with bespoke oak furnishings, including a double vanity and linen cupboard, along with antique brass fixtures and elegant light fittings by J Adams & Co. The result was a refined and cohesive transformation of the master bathroom.

Claudia Ludwig Designs/ Tory McTernan Photography