Mark was the calm in the storm that was our kitchen extension. His professionalism and talent kept us sane. He is a perfectionist - which is what you want - making everything fit to the last millimetre. He made great suggestions and solved many a problem. He has not only transformed our kitchen but our house and thereby our happiness and wellbeing.
We are absolutely thrilled with our new kitchen which got transformed into a communicative space that everyone loves to be in. Mark Lane or SQ1, worked relentlessly with us to ensure our requirements were met during the design as well as during the actual installation. We really appreciated the high attention to detail and the desire to achieve a perfect layout for our needs.We would highly recommend Mark and the SQ1 Workshop team - great job!
It was a pleasure working with Mark & the Square One team. We found the quality of his work outstanding with great attention to detail in everything he did. Not only did he meet all the deadlines with constant courtesy but was also so helpful with all the other bits that came up during the refurb. We would recommend him to everyone
It has been a great experience working with Mark who has been instrumental in transforming out kitchen from a knackered old galley to a stylish but warm heart of the house. We still come down every morning thinking we are staying in a posh Airbnb! Importantly for a designer, he is respectful of your ideas and the process of getting to the final design was interactive and, importantly, really good fun. Installation was straightforward and our kitchen has been transformed; the beautiful oak panelling and minimalist copper handles are brilliant together. The copper splashbacks are the cherry on top - they look great anytime of the day but are especially lovely at night when they give off a warm, gentle glow. Many thanks Mark, you’ve been great!
I found Mark online when I was given the project of turning our Boardroom from an everyday meeting room into something with a more corporate image, and I struck lucky. Mark listened to what our requirements were and came up with a truly beautiful and outstanding design. Marks’ craftsmanship on the bespoke furniture and attention to detail are second to none. With a very tight timeline, the work was completed within the time frame and was finished to a high specification. The re-design also involved liaising with other contractors and Mark project managed everything in a professional manner. I would have no hesitation in recommending Mark and Square One Design.
Square One Design needed only minimal input and direction before coming back with the perfect design - it was such an easy process for me. Mark was working within a challenging situation; the kitchen was part of an extension, so dimensions and timelines frequently changed. He was resolutely professional & provided clear communication throughout the necessary adjustments.During the installation, the SQ1 team was extremely conscientious, paying meticulous attention to detail. as if working on a kitchen in their own house, which was reassuring. Of all the tradesmen working on the house, they were definitely the tidiest! The end result is a triumph - frequently complimented (particularly the very special concealed drawers), and a pleasure to admire every time I walk in the room. I would not hesitate to recommend Square One Design to anyone.Thanks again. I love it!
We have worked with Square One Design on a number of projects including the latest one in France. Mark is a true professional. He always listens carefully to the brief, enabling him to fully understand exactly what is needed, for what purpose and by whom. The craftsmanship of his work from design to the completed commission is outstanding & has truly enhanced the living environment of our home.
I am so very happy with my shelving units. Mark very quickly grasped what I was after and applied his considerable talents to create something beautiful and unique. This is one of the few occasions where the reality has lived up to my expectations.
It was extremely rewarding to work with Square One Design. Mark took our initial ideas and sketches, developing these into a final result that has exceeded all our expectations - regarding individual design elements, quality of finish, fittings and functionality. Our rather unusual brief was for a fully functional coffee bar - on wheels - that would also complement the design quality and ethos of Brighton’s award winning Jubilee Library.We had looked at “off-the-shelf” solutions, but decided to commission other local independent business to help us obtain exactly what we wanted. We are now very proud to tell our customers that it was designed and made in Brighton & Hove! All involved, displayed great pride and attention to detail in their work and were efficient and flexible in their approach to the project - and communication was first rate. What’s more everything was delivered on time and on budget. What more could you ask?
We’d like to thank Mark and his team for our fantastic new boardroom. We came to Mark with little idea of what we actually wanted and Mark was able to work with us providing creative ideas from the outset and come up with a scheme that we all agreed upon. The works were carried out in a professional manner with minimal disruption to our office and finished on time. Lastly, as a small business the budget was key and the price which Square One quoted was the price we ended up paying. We’d highly recommend Mark and Square One Design to any business looking to upgrade their office environment.
Square One Design offered a friendly, professional and very efficient service. They went through every effort to keep the costs down without compromising on quality. We are delighted with the bookshelves they designed for us.
We searched high and low for a kitchen that really matched the type of design we wanted. We had done the rounds of the high street kitchen shops, Ikea & online retailers sending round the hard salesmen and couldn’t find anything that fitted the image of our kitchen in our heads and had real ‘life’ to it. A friend that had been to Marks Artist Open House put us onto his website and we instantly liked the look of his work. We contacted him and as soon as we started discussing the sort of design we envisaged we found Mark really shared the vision. After the initial excitement we thought a hand made kitchen would be way out of our budget and laid down the challenge of making us a kitchen we could afford. Mark not only came up with some great designs but managed to get them within our budget (well nearly!)We love the kitchen and it is completely what we wanted. Modern simple lines but mixed with the warmth of natural material and made as we wanted it. Mark had great attention to detail, patience for all our detailed questions, great ideas and nothing has been too much of a challenge for him or a request he has not managed to satisfy.
Square One has been fantastic, from initial design stage right through to the finer details of the installation. We had an idea of what we wanted to achieve and Mark worked with us to develop these ideas into reality. His attention to detail has been excellent throughout, he was great at guiding us in the art of the possible in terms of both the laws of gravity and cost, and in suggesting & incorporating other features we hadn’t even thought of. The result is a truly unique kitchen of the highest quality, way beyond our expectations, and has transformed our family home life.
When deciding the design for our new kitchen extension and kitchen fittings I wanted an island unit that was bespoke and unique to us. Having been round and seen Marks designs and furniture at his Open House last year I thought Square One Design would be perfect for the job.I had some designs in mind of what I wanted and went through these with Mark on his first visit to us. Above all I wanted something unique, that no one else would have, coupled with something that would reflect my personality! After a few design consultations and sorting out the measurements we worked together to come up with something that was completely different. It was really refreshing to work with someone who had both vision and appreciated my sense of style and was prepared to work on something that was a little out of the ordinary. At no stage did Mark insist on me going for something run of the mill which was great as so many builders and tradesmen I’ve worked with in the past like to keep it as simple as possible.Upon deciding on the type of wood and finish to the island unit Mark suggested getting a local and well known artist Ben Allen to design a screen print on the doors. This was perfect, and reflected the type of artwork and finish to the rest of my house, it would fit in perfectly. Mark also help me source the stainless steel worktop I wanted for the top, infact he took over the entire thing and not only sorted it, but liased constantly with the worktop company and fitted in all the appliances I needed to complete it.And Wow, what an island unit. Not only has Mark worked to all my deadlines, or rather lack of them as the building project kept moving and I kept having to delay him - something which was frustrating for both me and Mark - the island unit surpassed everything I imagined it would be. His attention to detail and ability to listen, incorporate and initiate exactly what I wanted has been really refreshing. Not only that, but the design although unique to us, is so wonderful any potential buyer of our property wouldn’t fail to be won over by it!! I have some very envious friends and neighbours and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Mark and use him again in the future.
I would like to say that Square One have done incredible work on my house. All the furniture that they have built is exquisite! Many people have told me how understated, stylish and elegant it is. I salut you!
Square One Design provided us with a full ‘end to end’ service. Mark had innovative and creative solutions to satisfy our need for a modern bespoke walk-in wardrobe. The end result has exceeded our expectations. Mark created a truly unique space which fulfilled all of our storage needs.