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I get inspired through observation of spaces and good design.
A collection of thoughts from travels and memories influence my choice of products and creative solutions.…….
Things I have seen or felt in paintings, photographs, stories or growing up.


Stuart grew up in the coastal town of Whitby with many holidays spent exploring the beach, cliffs and moors that became his childhood playgrounds.

In 1975 he joined architectural and surveying practice Bell Snoxell Associates and under the guidance and influence of the late John Bell, developed a design flair and style which can be seen on many properties around the Whitby area developed in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. Moving to South Yorkshire in the 1980’s Stuart developed further his experience on larger projects and also some ‘hands on’ project management when site based working for a construction company. In the late 1980’s Stuart assisted many ‘self build’ home constructions and developed a flair for interior design on residential and hospitality projects. While in South Yorkshire Stuart indulged his long time passion for motor sport organising British Championships for motor cycle circuit racing before becoming part of a team that competed in World Championship Motorcycle Grand Prix and World Superbike. Valued experience in attention to detail, teamwork and influential world travel that plays a part in his design projects today. 

Returning home to Lythe, near Whitby in December 2000, he assisted in the design and creation of play areas at the village primary school at which he was a Governor and this led to assistance with the setting up, design, fund raising and construction supervision of the Mulgrave Community Sports centre which was opened in 2007. Other projects at this time included the alteration and interior design of the award winning Greens of Whitby Restaurant, Shafiq, Passage To India restaurants and the RAW Nightlife Club. Several prestigious schemes designed and completed since include the Sandsend Holidays complex, a luxury barn conversion, contemporary individual self build homes, a re-model and home extension that featured in Build It magazine, guest house refurbishments, Northcliffe Holiday Park Coast Café bar refurbishment, the Whitehall development and the iconic Union Mill Apartments.

With an interest for good design in everyday products as well as architecture, in 2014 Stuart created a small retail studio to be able to share and offer the design led things that were missed in the area. Now celebrating over forty years in the design industry, influenced by recent developments in design, reducing waste, and travel to inspirational cities abroad, Stuart is working on designs for re-used and re-cycled products with a focus on sustainable design.

I love the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, Corbusier, Mies Van Der Rohe, Gaudi and the design ingenuity of the Eames. All so far ahead of their time yet at the same time; timeless. Wonderful creation of spaces and products for people to enjoy. Design to make you smile. Design to make you feel good. Design to last. Proof that it is wise to invest in good design.

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