Redwell in the Lakes: Peter Hall & Son Open Boutique Furniture Outlet
Furniture makers Peter Hall & Son have included Redwell infrared panels in their recently opened Lake District boutique. In an area famed for its stunning natural beauty, what kind of impact can infrared technology have?
Peter Hall & Son is something of a Lake District institution: its staff have been making bespoke furniture from their Kendal workshop and showroom for decades and each piece the craftsmen produce reflects the beauty of its idyllic Cumbrian setting. The business, which uses time-honoured design, production and restoration techniques, has even become a tourist attraction: visitors arrive to watch expert cabinet-makers create everything from wardrobes and tables to quirky gifts.
That human touch and respect for tradition is an ethos which is at home in the Lake District - and nowhere more so than the town of Windermere, the location of Peter Hall & Son's newly opened boutique store. The boutique is situated at the heart of the village, only a short distance from the shores of the spectacular Lake Windermere itself, the largest natural lake in England, winding between miles of rolling green hills and forests.
Preserving the beauty of environments like Lake Windermere is a huge part of the sustainable energy revolution. In fact, the region has seen a number of sustainability projects take off over the last few years, including:
A transport initiative designed to connect walking routes with bus routes and introducing 'pay as you go' cycle hire.
A study of the potential of hydro-power at Brigham Forge, Keswick and the introduction of a hydro-electric generator at Eskdale Mill
The development of biomass as a potential heat source for homes
Given the desire to preserve the Lake District - and the growing interest in sustainable approaches - it makes sense that local businesses like Peter Hall & Son are starting to become interested in the applications of infrared.
Sustainability inside and out
Amongst the many historic cottages and other traditional Cumbrian dwellings, many new homes in and around the Lake District have been built with sustainability in mind. Innovative and environmentally friendly, these new house are constructed from modern materials and benefit from high levels of effective insulation - which makes them particularly suited to the installation of infrared heating technology. Infrared panels can be controlled wirelessly and with unprecedented levels of precision: in an efficiently insulated home they can provide hours of cosy comfort without burning through wasteful fossil fuels and, of course, without disrupting the carefully designed aesthetic of their surroundings.
The Lakes are also seeing an increasing number of completely 'off-grid' homes, 100% powered by renewable energy. In these types of building, solar energy powers every electrical device - making the efficiency and precision of infrared panels all the more useful. The storage of solar generated electricity has been a sticking point for off-grid homes in the past, but recent years have seen exciting leaps forward, not least the release of the Tesla 'Powerwall'(which we reported last month): a home battery which offers hours of stored electricity to power devices like infrared panels.
While efficiency and sustainability are obvious advantages, Peter Hall & Son have decided to introduce infrared panels to their boutique for another obvious reason: they simply make great additions to an interior design scheme. Given Peter Hall & Son's reputation for creating remarkable bespoke furniture, showcasing Redwell's panels in their store gives customers a chance to see the technology as more than just a way to heat their buildings, and realise its potential to contribute to the appearance and atmosphere of their homes.
Individuality, beauty and elegance aren't normally words you'd association with your home's heating system, but in one of the UK's most breathtaking natural beauty-spots, Peter Hall & Son are hoping to help people think differently about infrared's interior potential.