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International Reputation for Excellence

When Mel and Martin Holliday founded Chiselwood in 1989 it was the principles of craftsmanship, quality and authenticity that fuelled their joint passion to create exquisitely crafted kitchens and furniture that they personally would want to live with, celebrating traditional British techniques from their own workshop and design studio in a converted listed brewery adjacent to their home in Lincoln.

The UK’s leading kitchen designers invited to the Groucho Club, London by Essential Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom magazine >

Award-Winning Design

Over the past 30 years Chiselwood has achieved many accolades, most recently the sole European kitchen company to reach the World Finals of the Sub Zero/Wolf Kitchen Design Contest in the USA in 2017. Click here to see a short video featuring Martin and a very happy client chatting over a coffee in her beautiful kitchen which made it through to the final of the World Sub Zero/Wolf Kitchen Design Contest.

Martin Holliday

Design Director, Martin Holliday, is now recognised as one of the leading kitchen designers in the world and reached the final 4 in the UK Kitchen Designer category of the prestigious KBB Review Design & Retail Awards in 2018. Chiselwood is the current Made in Lincolnshire (Sold Nationwide) Winner, was East Midlands Winner for Interior Design for a Private Residence in the International Property Awards and is a former Lincolnshire Business of the Year and Daily Express Small Business of the Year winner.

Mel Holliday

Mel is Managing Director and co-founder of Chiselwood. She is a well-respected businesswoman in Lincolnshire and is responsible for the general management and strategy of the business. Mel was recently appointed to the ACID Advisory Council and is working hard to encourage an ethos of IP respect, compliance and ethics and to build an understanding that it is wrong to use IP unlawfully within the kitchen industry. The ACID Council is a guiding influence on design and IP strategy now and for the future. Mel brings a keen awareness of IP to the Council through her own experiences of Chiselwood designs being copied from whole room plans to individual pieces. Mel is also involved regionally with the CITB and the EBP.

The Team

The team of 10 highly skilled Chiselwood craftsmen hand-build furniture of exemplary quality in Chiselwood's superbly equipped workshop, personally deliver and expertly fit the furniture on site. The staff are vital to the success throughout all aspects of the business and they are trained and knowledgeable and have pride in their work.

Not Just Kitchens

In addition to award-winning kitchens, Chiselwood also design, manufacture and install cabinetry throughout the home including walk in pantries, utility rooms, boot rooms, dining room cabinetry, dressing rooms, bedrooms and architectural elements such as wall panelling and radiator covers.

The Design Studio

Chiselwood specializes in bespoke kitchen and furniture projects in the UK and internationally. Founder and Design Director, Martin Holliday, is personally involved in the design of each project, alongside his design team who are based in the Chiselwood Design Studio, adjacent to the workshop and showroom in Lincoln. Martin also manages the day to day implementation of the project ensuring every client receives a personalised service.

The Workshop

The 8000 square foot workshop, adjacent to the Design Studio, is a hive of activity where the team of talented cabinet makers meticulously create each bespoke piece of furniture. Here the word “bespoke” really means what it says, and every item is made and designed on-site to each client’s specific requirements.

Our Ethos

"We encourage our clients to ask the question, 'Where is it made?' and then check for themselves. It is important to know what you are buying, where and how it is made and who you are supporting. It is a real treat for clients to walk into our workshop, meet the craftsmen working on their furniture, smell the wood and see real furniture being made by hand." - Martin Holliday, Design Director


  • Chiselwood Ltd,
  • Fossdyke House,
  • Gainsborough Road, Saxilby,
  • Lincoln LN1 2JH
01522 704446 sales@chiselwood.co.uk

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