Marketplaces are powerful symbols of human existence, combining social interaction, commerce, industry and design. They sustain communities, define cultures and drive productivity. So whether seen in an historical context or as the engine of modern society, we all engage in some form of market - no matter how humble or sophisticated.
Designing for a given market is to understand human needs, to make use of available resources and to possess the knowledge, skill and expertise to actively engage commercially.
Our work developing places with local communities, and products with manufacturers is guided by this understanding. But in everything we do, people are the focus of our work. Whether consulting with stakeholders or collaborating with clients, our role is to nurture meaningful, productive relationships to deliver results.
Design matters to us, our clients and the people we serve.
With experience of working in many different sectors, our team has a broad range of expertise that combines traditional and new design methods, manufacturing knowledge and commercial rigour.
Working closely with end users, client teams and material suppliers, we develop complete solutions and provide a flexible service tailored to the specific client and project.
Our aim is to always solve design problems imaginatively, resulting in products that are useful, attractive and commercial.
Having worked with leading manufacturers of contract and systems furniture for many years, we have become specialists in the design of workplace products and environments.
Collaborating with some of the best known companies, at the top of the industry has enabled us to develop a strategic approach that is informed and user centred.
We have an interest in the way places work. Combining this with our design approach and an ability to engage with local communities has led us to develop an expertise in placemaking.
Our work has resulted in design-led strategies to support the local economy of towns, creative ways to enhance town centre activity and design projects for urban regeneration, street furniture and wayfinding.
We describe our work, capabilities and experience as Product, Workplace and Placemaking.
There is a common thread that runs through the work we do and our approach to it. The products and places we develop enable and support the people who use them. In each case, utility and character are important elements that define the form and function of a design solution and ultimately create meaning and value for the user - whether the outcome is a manufactured product or a built environment.
This broad approach means that we have a range of experience and knowledge that spans the design for manufacturing at different scales, in different quantities in a range of materials.
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