The Scandinavians and Italians may be real design kings, but our British neighbours too have everything you need to stand out when it comes to furniture and interior decoration in all its forms. Here’s a quick tour of some iconic studios with a tried and tested reputation.
1 – Tom Dixon
The founder and director of the Tom Dixon design studio is a hyperactive and unique innovator. He first found fame in the 1980s with his unconventional vision and his decision to make works from recycled materials found in rubbish tips. A multiple award-winner, Dixon created, among other things, the famous “S” chair and designed furniture for Vivienne Westwood. He has always taken a keen interest in underground cultures, including rock, punk, hip-hop and electro.
2 – The Conran Shop
A real design institution, the Conran Shop brand can be found all over the world. It was founded in 1993 by the late Terence Conran, who died in September last year. This incredible designer was also the founder of the Habitat brand and the Design Museum in London. He was a revolutionary, bringing lifestyle design products to the general public. Conran’s influence will not die out anytime soon.
3 – Barberosgerby
For 25 years now, Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby have been sharing their creativity on behalf of industrial design, furniture and architecture. They are famous for their Loop Table, Bellhop lamps, Button Tables and the Tip Ton recycled plastic chairs. Several of their works are now exhibited in museums. The duo have worked with a great many brands, including Supreme, Coca-Cola, The Rug Compagny and Levi’s. They were even asked to design the flame for the London Olympics in 2012.
4 – Lee Broom
Lee Broom is a specialist in lighting and furniture. He has created around one hundred original objects in an avant-garde style. His most award-winning work is none other than the Crescent Lamp. It is made of steel with a brushed brass finish. The asymetrical design is based on an opaque sphere that has been sliced in two. It shows the designer’s capacity to take a relatively simple design, to twist it and make it more complex. His other works, such as chandeliers, feature theatrical and fashion aspects. In 2015, he was given the Queen’s Award for Enterprise.
5 – Pinch
This studio was founded in 2004 by the couple Russell Pinch and Oona Bannon. Pinch designs high-quality furniture with a pure and simple design. Nothing is superfluous. The raw and elegant designs highlight the artisanal skill and purity of the materials. Russell Pinch worked for a number of years with Terence Conran. Several awards, including two Elle Decoration British Design Awards, show the enthusiasm for their work. Our favourite furniture of theirs? The gorgeous sofas, including the Angelo Sofa, the Goddard and the Roubel.