As seen on... George Clarke’s ‘Old House New Home’

Architect George Clarke returned to Channel 4 last week to help UK homeowners aspiring to transform their period property. In ‘Old House New Home’ (first aired 19.07.18), George joined one couple as they embarked on a mission to renovate their Grade II listed home. Homeowners Barney and Susan were struggling with the challenge of creating a family kitchen space that was designed for modern day living, while maintaining the 600-year old property’s charm, before George offered his advice.

We were delighted that a Shaws of Darwen fireclay sink was chosen as the heart of the transformation. The owners dismantled their ‘70s Swedish sauna’ and replaced it with a contemporary take on a classic farmhouse style.  The crisp white walls and ceiling created a stunning contrast with the richness of the dark blue bespoke cabinetry. Deep colours in the kitchen are very much en vogue, but we envisage this sophisticated palette becoming a design classic rather than just an interior trend. The bold statement works particularly well with the chosen Shaker style cabinets, sympathetic to the property’s heritage whilst having a confident sense of modernity. 


Our Shaws Belfast sink was installed at the end of a line of units with one fully exposed side, at George’s recommendation. This unusual placement worked beautifully, complemented by antique-finished Perrin & Rowe Ionian brassware.

We thought the retro yellow fridge injected fun and personality into the farmhouse theme – even if it’s a Marmite choice! The dramatic wall tiles created a stunningly bold focal point and offered a nod to the property’s medieval origins. 

We were relieved to see the beautiful handmade, clay floor tiles restored to their original glory to provide an anchor for the overall design. Even after several centuries they remained robust, functional and completely complementary to modern design - rather like our own fireclay sinks. Perhaps Barney and Susan’s new Belfast will still be a centrepiece of the kitchen a hundred years from now?