Sola Kitchens

Team

Sofia Bune Strandh

CEO

Sofia is Swedish and the founder of Sola Kitchens. Previously a City lawyer, she turned kitchen designer when she needed a kitchen herself and over the years her designs have been chosen for a number of Magazine front covers. Sofia is always followed by her red Labrador Smilla, and enjoys skiing, running and horseback riding in her spare time!

Pia Rosling

Director

Pia is Swedish. With a University Degree in Business and Computer Science she left her previous life in the IT industry for a second degree in Interior Design. She has a long career in interior design and kitchens specifically! To round off her sharp designs at work, she spends her free-time creating beautiful oil paintings.

RHIANNON PHENIS

Senior Designer

A Product Design graduate, Rhiannon has gained a wealth of experience in all things kitchens having worked in the industry since 2007. Striking a perfect balance between creativity and functionality to hit the clients’ brief is what won her the title of Kitchen Designer of the Year in 2018. When she is not in the showroom with a cup of tea in her hand, you’ll find her on the netball courts, planning one of her next culture trips or eating out anywhere she’s not tried before.

Matthew collins

designer

Matt is a key member of our team possessing over 20 years of experience working as a kitchen designer. He previously worked for Poggenpohl designing contemporary kitchens all over the world including clients in Africa and the Middle-East. Matt enjoys the creative freedom that comes with working at Sola Kitchens. The chance to mix and match different styles and materials encourages him to push the boundaries of kitchen design. Matt is a keen sportsman. An ex rugby player who at weekends can now be found shooting or playing tennis. 

LAURA DOLICZNY

Designer

Laura, originally from Bath, moved to London to progress her great passion for kitchen design. From even the early stages of her life, her interests has always been in kitchen and interior design. From 2015 she has been designing dream kitchens for her clients, and with her excellent creativity and knowledge she creates beautiful spaces. Laura loves to spend time outside with her friends, family and her two rather playful springer spaniels.

Charlotte Jutz

DESIGNER

Charlotte is our resident South African and recalls her interest in interior design begun at a young age simply playing with lego as a child.  In an environment that encourages the use of creative license, Charlotte thrives at Sola Kitchens through developing a style that playfully blends classical and modern elements. In her free time Charlotte loves sport and is a talented snow skier. 

TOMA PETRA

Designer

Toma is ‘made in’ Lithuania but came to the UK in 2004. She has a degree in Interior Architecture from University of the Arts, London and has worked on a number of property development projects. In 2010 she fell in love with the art of kitchen designing and she joined the Sola Kitchens team in 2019. Her biggest passion is travelling, understanding different cultures and getting inspired by new experiences.

ANTONIO BAMBINO

DESIGNER

Antonio studied Project Design at the University of Northumbria. Since graduating he has worked exclusively in the kitchen and furniture design industry. He thrives at Sola Kitchen as he enjoys thinking creatively outside the box experimenting with a variety of products, textures and materials. 

Rita alves pinto

DESIGNER

A Product Design graduate, Rita has spent the last 12 years working as a kitchen designer. She has an array of experience working for the best luxury Italian and German kitchen design companies and has worked in Portugal, Singapore and the UK. Rita’s designs are inspired by her love of cooking ensuring always that form follows function. In her spare time, you can find Rita exploring an art gallery or taking on her latest knitting challenge! 

James Crawford

Design Technician

James is a Product Design graduate who started his career designing commercial office furniture . He has an incredible eye for detail working as our CAD technician. James enjoys  working at Sola Kitchens because he is able to develop his passion for working with durable and natural materials. He enjoys problem-solving making him a perfect addition to the team.

ANGUS SHEPHERD

ORDERS MANAGER

A graduate Product Designer, Angus started his career as an intern at Sola Kitchens in 2013. Since then he has worked as a technical designer, kitchen designer and finally found his passion in running the Orders Department. Angus thrives on design details, tirelessly working through solutions to help in the smooth production and order of your kitchen.

TANYA ROSSITER

INSTALLATION MANAGER

Tanya dreams of owning a La Pavoni Lusso coffee machine with wooden handles. Tanya’s love of Italian design took her to Treviso for 18 months and from then to product design in Manchester – from that moment she has been fascinated by the interplay of design and social relationships within spaces and kitchen design couldn’t be a more wonderful vehicle for that fascination! A designer at heart, she is currently covering the Installation Manager role for Carina while she is on maternity leave.

CARINA FARRELL

INSTALLATION MANAGER

Carina is our super-efficient installation manager who makes sure all installations go as smooth as possible. Having built her own house (yes that’s right, she actually physically built it herself!) Carina knows everything worth knowing about building work!

JAYNE SAYER

Book keeper

Jayne is our efficient and well trusted bookkeeper who keeps track on everything financial. When not focussing on figures, accounts and spreadsheets, she loves fishing and cooking gourmet meals for her family and friends!

Sanna young

OFFICE MANAGER

Sanna is our office manager who does all the important behind the scenes work that makes the magic happen. After installing a Sola Kitchen into her home in 2011, Sanna was inspired to work for Sola Kitchens to ensure all clients love their kitchen as much as she does. 

MILLIE TALBOT

MARKETING ASSISTANT

Millie devises and runs Sola Kitchens marketing strategy. She studied History and International Relations at the University of Exeter and since graduating in 2019, she trained as a professional chef and worked on a cattle and sheep station in Tasmania, Australia. Her enthusiasm for kitchen design was inspired by her culinary passion and desire to cook in a beautiful and practical kitchen.

ROBERT HELLSTRAND

PAINTER

Robert is our expert painter and installer. Born, bred and trained in Sweden, Robert does true magic with his paint brush! When not painting and installing kitchens, he spends time painting wonderful paintings.

TADAS URBONAS

INSTALLER

Our installer Tadas has great experience with carpentry and will make sure that every little detail of your dream kitchen is finished to perfection. He has a great eye or detail and takes great pride in perfecting every installation.

SMILLA

Smilla is our office dog. Being a Labrador she loves eating absolutely everything whilst balancing her busy acting career. In her spare time she likes to go for long walks, chasing squirrels in the park and get her tummy scratched! Woof Woof!