During the Clerkenwell Design Week, we met up with Tim Armitt, Managing Director of Lyndon Design to discuss the importance of being a design company that manufacture in Britain and to have a look at the latest edition of the Arthur series – The ‘Arthur CityScape’…
“Don’t be restricted by what you see on the page. Take our products and take them to the next stage. Be adventurous and make them exciting. It’s there for you to do”
What makes Lyndon stand out?
The fact that we’re a design company working as a manufacturer means that we can make the things that we’re dreaming up. We don’t have to work with outside suppliers. We can actually go into the factory and start working out how things are going to be produced from the designs that people come up with. Because we’ve got a design team that works in house who are very close to the manufacturing process, they understand what we make and they can translate their ideas into the way that we produce things so that’s what I love about design. The reality of it. Making things that are workable.
Can you tell us a little bit about the new Arthur CityScape modular sofa?
The product that I’m sat on here is called Arthur CityScape. We originally had a product called Arthur which is a collection of sofas and armchairs which have different heights and the idea was that as you looked across a room it sort of replicated a skyline. It gave you the ups and downs of, typically, a New York skyline. As the Arthur product developed and people were asking us for different ways of using it, we thought that it lent itself very well to a modular piece of furniture so this is a high back that goes into a low back and you can then go back into a high back and make it all one piece of furniture, but you’ve got the flexibility of corners and straights and arms and things like that.
The detail of it just takes Arthur one step further forward. It’s very flexible. It can be used in so many different places within the office environment and then habitats that we’re looking at, this can be the welcome area and it can be the home area. It can be the flow area. You can use this in a number of different places which is what we’re trying to explain to people. Don’t be restricted by what you see on the page. Take our products and take them to the next stage. Be adventurous and make them exciting. It’s there for you to do.