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James Herriot’s 40 Years of Kitchen Design

Callerton, Extremis Publishing Ltd. and Potton’s Self Build Show Centre have launched James R.A. Herriot’s ground-breaking book, Insights to Kitchen Design: 40+ Years in the World of a Design-led Kitchen Specialist. This much-anticipated event took place on February 15th, 2024, and brought together industry professionals for an exclusive first look at this innovative publication.

The launch was hosted at Potton’s esteemed Show Centre and Self Build Academy, known for its dedication to inspiring self-builders and renovators. Attendees had the unique opportunity to engage with James Herriot, delving into his four decades of experience in the kitchen design industry and discover the inspiration behind the book.

James Herriot’s 40 Years of Kitchen Design

“Insights to Kitchen Design” explores twenty seminal projects from Callerton, the company James co-founded with a friend some forty plus years ago. The book offers a unique retrospective with a forward-looking angle on kitchen design. Raiding the Callerton archive, each case study is reimagined with two alternative interpretations, highlighting the limitless possibilities within the same spatial confines. James’s narrative extends beyond traditional design, incorporating insights from industry leaders and showcasing the collaborative essence of creating spaces that resonate with both functionality and aesthetic appeal.


As James remarked during the event, ‘This book is the culmination of a lifelong journey, reflecting not just my vision but the collective wisdom and creativity of our industry.’

The publication is a tribute to the art of kitchen design, emphasising the synergy between great design, superior products, and exemplary project management. It stands as an essential resource for anyone passionate about the evolution of kitchen spaces, from design professionals to homeowners seeking inspiration for their dream kitchen.

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About James R.A. Herriot:
James R.A. Herriot’s journey from a small village near Berwick-upon-Tweed to the forefront of kitchen design is a testament to his passion, dedication, and innovative spirit. His work with Callerton and contributions to the design community have left an indelible mark on the industry, making him a respected figure among peers and clients alike.

About Extremis Publishing Ltd.:
Extremis Publishing Ltd. is an independent publisher known for its diverse portfolio, ranging from popular culture to the arts and Scottish interest subjects. By supporting authors like James R.A. Herriot, Extremis continues to offer valuable resources that enrich and inspire readers worldwide.

About Potton’s Show Centre & Self Build Academy:
Potton’s Show Centre and Self Build Academy is the UK’s premier destination for self-builders and renovators, providing guidance, inspiration, and resources for creating bespoke homes. The Centre’s commitment to sustainability and design excellence makes it a vital resource for anyone embarking on the journey of building their dream home.

To explore how ‘Insights to Kitchen Design’ can inspire your next project, the book is now available at

Photo Credits: Darren Chung

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