15th December 2016
In summer 2016, interior design specialist Kitchen Gallery brought its enviable showroom to Birmingham, right here at the Mailbox. The breath-taking and almost unimaginable ideas of the designers have left us all rethinking the focal point of the house.
Kitchen Gallery’s designs show that no kitchen is complete without the perfect audio visual technology; and we caught up with Sinead Sankey, sales coordinator for Bang & Olufsen at Kitchen Gallery, for her thoughts on technology in the kitchen, what we need in ours, and how to unwind in Birmingham:
- Hi Sinead! Can you tell us a little about your background and how you’ve got to where you are today?
My background is in luxury retail, having worked at Bang & Olufsen for eight years as a sales representative at both the Mailbox and Leamington Spa showrooms. I’ve always had a love of technology, and over the years my work became more design focused, so when an offer to combine the two at Kitchen Gallery came along, I couldn’t turn it down!
- Bang & Olufsen is one of the most prestigious names in sound. Explain to us a little bit about the relationship with Kitchen Gallery, and why the two go hand-in-hand.
Bang & Olufsen’s innovative technology and distinctive design seamlessly marries into a SieMatic kitchen space, and it’s great to be able to offer our clients at Kitchen Gallery the whole package. It’s becoming increasingly more popular for the designers to overlook the whole interior scheme, so having the affiliation with brands such as Bang & Olufsen is enabling us to go that one step further.
- What do you see in the near future for audio visual technology in kitchens? Is there a limit to what can be done?
The kitchen is fast becoming the hub of the home, being used as a multi-functional space, so professional audio visual systems are turning into an integral component. Clients are willing to invest in quality technology for the kitchen, seeing it as an entertainment space and not just a cooking area.
We may see more integration within the kitchen furniture, so possibly built-in speakers as a standard. Technology is constantly improving and adapting to the times, so I really do not see a limit to what can be done – the possibilities are endless!
- A lot of the Bang & Olufsen products are very enviable. Give us two products that we need in our lives, one with a budget and one without.
I have a few BeoPlay A2s at home, which are exceptional portable Bluetooth speakers – perfect for listening to the radio in the morning, sitting with in the garden, or playing background music when entertaining. At £299, it has a great price point and impressive sound.
The BeoVision Avant is definitely a must have and something I aspire to own myself one day. It really is the ultimate cinematic experience, redefining the impact a TV can deliver in your home.
If money is no object and you want the best that Bang & Olufsen offer, check out the BeoLab 90 speakers – priced at a cool £52,990!
- You’re a specialist in sound and know Birmingham extremely well, where’s your quiet spot in the city when you need some peace?
With five-year-old twin boys I have forgotten what peace and quiet sounds like! The closest I get is on Saturday mornings – we all try and head out for a long walk to de-stress after a busy week. Lickey Hills Country Park is a particular favourite of ours, with its panoramic views over the city and woodland walks; it chills us all out, ready for a country pub lunch.
- Kitchen Gallery is a very impressive addition to the Mailbox. What kitchen trend is your favourite right now and why?
Since working for Kitchen Gallery, I have fallen in love with the SieMatic Beaux Arts collection. The mix of materials and finishes gives a modern industrial feel, mixing old and new values – it’s definitely not your conventional style classic kitchen.
- You’re heading to the Mailbox at the weekend. Where are you socialising for the evening?
If I’m out with friends, we usually start at Chez Mal at Malmaison for dinner, cocktails and a catch up, and then make our way to the canalside bars. Aluna is one of our favourites – it’s a really unique venue and the Marshmallow Daiquiri is definitely a must-try if you have a sweet tooth.
- And to finish on, sum up Bang & Olufsen in five words.
Beautiful sound and iconic design