The Power of the People

In an earlier column on sustainability, I focused on process and waste, but sustainability is about so much more than material life-cycles. Successful sustainable businesses also need to perform financially, culturally and socially. It’s about taking the long-term view – and, in my view, the greatest asset to help you achieve that is your people…. Read More >

10 July 2019


As we spend this month focusing on glass and Milan it is a pleasure to announce that Monster Cabaret, accompanied by a burlesque show, has arrived in Milan courtesy of lighting and experience designers Lasvit. Teatro Gerolamo, April 17 – 22  Come closer and hear a story you have never heard before. We are going to… Read More >

18 April 2018

Surface Design Awards: Public Building Interior Winner

St Patrick’s Church in Donaghmore is a historic landmark in the County Tyrone countryside that can claim a direct connection to the introduction of Christianity in Ireland around 450AD. Starting in January 2014 the church underwent a 20 month refurbishment project under the guidance of client Fr. Gerard McAleer. The results are breath-taking. It was… Read More >

9 February 2017


THE EDIBLE BUS STOP® TO SHOWCASE PLAYFUL APPROACH TO LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN AT ECOBUILD 2017 Six years after its first urban intervention, The Edible Bus Stop® has grown into an award winning Landscape Architecture and Design Consultancy. Using a multidisciplinary approach, it is recognised for being provocative and playful in its methodology. The organisation has… Read More >

2 February 2017

Materials in detail: Camira

We often enjoy learning about new products launches, focused on the final product, without really considering the materials they are manufactured from. We spoke to Camira to delve into the detail behind the materials they use to produce their innovative fabrics, including their latest fabric, Patina, launching Monday 30th January. Camira explained that bast fibres are… Read More >

25 January 2017

Backed into a corner by software

At our recent BCFA Open exhibition we took the opportunity to speak with our exhibitors about their opinions on the cost of software.   This Big Topic discusses the investment which our members have made into their software and how they have structured their sizeable investment. We consider how members balance the feeling of being… Read More >

2 December 2016

The BIM Journey

At our recent BCFA Open exhibition visitors were able to attend Paul Quinn’s CPD ‘BIM, Simplified with NBS’ which introduced BIM, the tools that designers are using on BIM projects, and advised furniture manufacturers on their BIM journey.  We seized this opportunity to ask Paul and our members more about their experience and opinions of BIM…. Read More >

17 November 2016

Vienna Table Light by Chad Lighting

Our Vienna table light is now available with a choice of panels. We still offer the original travertine and slate but Vienna can now feature panels to suit your project. Examples shown are ceramic, wood or sisal. Other materials can be considered. In the ceramic option we could also develop bespoke patterns with a suitable theme…. Read More >

15 November 2016