The UK has a long and illustrious design history, known for craftsmanship and textiles. In more modern times its been heavily influenced by the pared back ideals of the Arts & Crafts movement, but also with a firm eye on the British cultural sensibility and vision for thought-provoking music, art and design.
From the mid-century classics that still feature in our homes to the more modern, pioneering designers shaping the future of the British modern design landscape, here are some of our favourite brands and designers that have created cult classics we all covet.
Founded in 2006, Case’s mission is to deliver excellent modern design with character at good value. The brand works with British design talent like Matthew Hilton, Robin Day and Terence Woodgate.
The Case Dulwich Extendable Table is a firm favourite with customers. Designed by longtime collaborator of Case, Matthew Hilton, the table has smooth lines, curves and a very functional aesthetic.
SCP is a manufacturer and retailer of modern design, founded by Sheridan Coakley in 1985. Their purpose is to make and sell products that are functional, beautiful and made-to-last.
The SCP Agnes Collection, designed by Kay and Stemmer for SCP is a very functional storage collection inspired by classic Scandinavian design. Curvaceous and pleasing with its soft lines, SCP Agnes comes in a range of units as well as side tables and a coffee table.
Tom Dixon, established in 2002 by Tom Dixon and David Begg, designs contemporary lighting and furniture. They are inspired by the heritage and innovation of British industry, whilst creating forward-thinking "extraordinary" objects, their tagline is 'the home of extraordinary objects.
Doshi Levien is the name behind the partnership of London-based but culturally curious Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien. Their work is distinctive, conceptual and creative, with their Hay Quilton Sofas a good example. A 'quilted landscape sofa system' that feels like sitting on clouds as well as being highly functional and modular.
Jasper Morrison is a leading British designer. Born in London and a graduate of Kingston Polytechnic, the Royal College of Art and HdK in Berlin and has designed for brands such as Flos, Vitra and Muji. The Glo-Ball light for Flos - a design classic from the 90s - comes as a ceiling light, table light. For Vitra, he designed the HAL dining chair, based on his design for the Cork Chair for the 2077 Vitra Edition project. It's a multi-functional shell chair with a very contemporary aesthetic.
BarberOsgerby is a London design studio who work across industrial design, furniture design and architecture. Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby studied together at the Royal College of Art in London, and founded their studio shortly after. Their work includes the Mariposa collection for Vitra, as well as the Flos Bellhop Light.
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