ABOUT THOMAS & THOMAS
Howard and Robert, the partners in Thomas & Thomas have between them over 60 years of experience in the bespoke kitchen design, manufacture and fitting business.
Howard – Technical Partner
Howard has always had a keen eye for the symmetrical form, photographing and sketching the proportional aspect of architecture whilst studying Building Technology at College.
Holiday times were spent at the many national trust houses helping with historic restoration.
Howard began work as a trainee draughtsman, and later turning to kitchen design in 1981. This was a time when the 'split level' oven and hob was the very latest craze.
Howard learnt his trade fast as a kitchen designer for a company selling high-end Italian and British kitchens. Howard’s talents as a designer were soon recognized and he was head hunted by an Italian Kitchen Company to run the UK showroom in the South.
Family life brought Howard back to the north, working for a well known national kitchen company as their first designer; it was soon acknowledged that Howard had talents not only in design but in the nuts and bolts of the whole operation, drawing on his early experiences in building Howard was soon heading up the contracts and installation team.
Robert – Creative Partner
Robert's background is design based, studying traditional art and design at Art College.
From college Robert worked in the UK design and exhibition industry working as far afield as Moscow, creating colour schemes and interior design concepts for department stores. Extending his design experience Robert moved into set and prop design for television and theatre work for well known productions such as Dr Who, Open All Hours and Last of the Summer Wine, it was during this period that an interest in the design and construction of furniture developed.
After moving to Yorkshire and working for a couple of years as a chef in a country hotel Robert’s interest and experience in design led to a career in creating kitchens. When you have worked in a kitchen for a few years, you instinctively know what works and what to avoid when it comes to practical design.
While working in kitchen design for a national company in the north of England, Robert met and teamed up with Howard to form Thomas & Thomas in 2001. An ideal working partnership was formed with Robert's creative background and Howard's vast experience in manufacture and installation of bespoke furniture. It's this experience and teamwork that has contributed to the success of the Thomas & Thomas partnership today.