Having opened its exciting new restaurant and speciality food shop - ARTISAN below its latest store in Kendal, not only has leading regional supermarket chain Booths given local people who are passionate about quality crafted and specialist foods the opportunity to champion their products, the same also applies to leading natural stone producer, Burlington.

Supporting a concept that represents a first in the supermarket industry, Artisan features a host of interior products from locally-based Burlington that have been integrated into the overall design scheme to stunning effect. ‘Showcased’ alongside a host of top quality local foods and drinks from local suppliers is a combination of Burlington natural stone flooring, interior walling stone, skirtings and step treads and risers.

Serving to help create an overall mellow and comfortable ambience within which customers can browse at ease amongst displays of local delicacies is a natural stone floor that centres on a combination of Burlington’s mid green Broughton Moor, olive green Bursting Stone and silver/grey Brandy Crag natural stone in a variety of finishes.

Accessed via a staircase that features Burlington step treads in honed Bursting Stone, inlaid with aluminium anti-slip nosings, and risers in the same material, the floor design centres on circles and ribbons as a means of emulating Lakeland rivers that flow down and around a number of table displays: such fluidity of design encouraging the visitor to meander amongst the best of what Artisan has to offer. Installed by flooring contractors, Andrews of Leeds, the floor has been laid using a standard mix of 300, 400 and 500mm length floor tiles with random widths, many of which have been intricately cut. Its design has also been subtly accentuated through the use of a combination of honed, flamed and water jet finishes, not to mention inlays of oak to exude feelings of further intimacy.

Indeed Burlington’s natural stone not only works in harmony with oak within the floor of Artisan, it also plays its part in adding further life to the vibrancy of display units that have been designed and constructed in the same wood. Here we see Burlington’s pale green Elterwater stone used to create a feature wall and as piers between the discreetly illuminated displays.

Comments Coordinating Interior Architect, Helen Baldwin: “Whilst our aim was to create a permanent and solid feel to the interior of Artisan, we remained focused on delivering an environment that best reflects the quality and nature of the foods and produce that are on offer. We are delighted to have had access to products such as Burlington’s natural stone to help us achieve this, which in itself is one of the most sought after of interior finishing materials.”

She added: “By using a combination of Burlington’s natural stone in terms of colours, textures and shapes, we believe we have been successful in delivering an exceptional floor design and overall interior theme that will stand the test of time.”

Booths’ Artisan represents an exciting move forward for the leading regional supermarket as it serves to reaffirm its commitment to sourcing products that are fresh and native of the counties it services. With at least 25% of all products being locally produced, it is a sourcing strategy that serves to give Booths a strong point of difference from its competitors.

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