Heritage, Passion and Soul.
Carpentry and woodworking has been the Middleton family trade for many generations - from houses to kitchens to intricate pieces of furniture - it’s in our blood.
We believe the kitchen is at the heart of every home, that our cabinetry should serve the function of the kitchen by being tailored specifically to your requirements. After Jasper’s own kitchen for the family cottage was featured in Country Homes and Interiors, interest in his work began to grow and gather speed.
We are proud of our heritage. We are passionate about our craft. We are Middleton.
Jasper would spend lots of time at the family home in Rottingdean ‘painting’ outside walls with water!
Jasper’s first experience of life as a carpenter. He accompanies his father to work at his construction company during the school holidays and would soon start spending all his spare time at the family business
Max follows in Jasper’s footsteps, helping his father and brother in the school holidays.
By now Jasper had started at Brighton College favouring Art and design subjects- many of his early carpentry efforts are still in the family home.
Jasper gains a 1st class honours degree in Fine Art and Antiques. Much of why Middleton kitchens look so grounded and comfortable when newly placed in an old barn, country house or traditional townhouse is due to Jasper’s education in the classical orders of architecture.
Jasper joins the family construction business full time. Under the same carpenter he worked alongside as a small boy, he serves his carpentry apprenticeship with craftsmen who have worked for his father for over 40 years.
Jasper is now a Project Manager with the family business. By 2007, the company has grown into a multi-million, large-scale property company where he is responsible for overseeing the running of the whole company - from acquisition to planning, design, construction and disposal.
Jasper was integral to many exciting projects such as building a new house on Brighton seafront, conversion of a synagogue and several luxury flat conversions.
Jasper meets his wife Gemma, who later becomes integral to the running of the business. They have two children.
Upon his father’s retirement and the contraction of the property market Jasper returns to what he loves, with Gemma’s encouragement – designing and making beautiful cabinetry.
Middleton Bespoke is born – formed from an unyielding passion for creativity and craft.
Following on from university Max joins Middleton, studying the intricacies of cabinetmaking under Jasper.
Middleton moves to an old stable barn, which we share with our horse Ali. Many hours are spent at reclamation yards to build up a library of mouldings and interesting details to inspire. Jasper is fascinated by Georgian and Edwardian architecture.
Middleton moves out of the stable and into a purpose built workshop at Tidey’s Barn - a beautiful setting in the Sussex countryside.
Features in well-known publications, along with word of mouth recommendations, build us a loyal following of clients who have now become friends.
Investment in new software revolutionises our design process
Middleton partners with Aga and becomes an authorised showroom. We expand, creating a new studio barn and showroom area.
Gemma hangs up her pharmacist’s white coat to join the family business full-time.
Middleton takes on an additional workshop with a master cabinetmaker in the Sussex countryside.
We expand further, building a new showroom and extension of the workshop in order to keep up with the demand for our cabinetry
Middleton builds an exciting relationship with like minded chef Valentine Warner, championing our ethos to create spaces in which to cook, live and enjoy
Middleton adds to the team with apprentice cabinet maker and family friend James in Sept 2015, who is training at the renowned furniture making course at Chichester College.
In Sales and Marketing Middleton keeps it in the family with Jasper and Max’s sister Kate.
Middleton expands to an additional UK based state of the art workshop to keep up with demand of our cabinetry