We are very privileged to work with some of the industry's biggest names and brightest minds. We are also extremely proud of the equally brilliant talent we have at our disposal within our in-house design team. Each has an individual outlook and skill set that enables us to have a truly unique range of products that continues to expand and improve. They also love a broody black and white photo.
“Quietness, possibly above all else, is a quality all the best products possess, in that they don’t follow a trend; rather they exhibit a character born of thoughtful regard for function, material, environment, intuitiveness and familiarity... without the need to shout. There are few things more interesting and more exciting to us than being able to make our mark with quiet design” Simon has been a close and important partner of New Design Group since the launch of the Chorus brand and the unique, functional and beautiful Theo family of products, swiftly followed by Jonty and Drum.
After spending much of his 20’s as a musician Martin studied furniture design at the London College of Furniture. On graduation in 1986 he set up the company which is today Ryan Furniture. Combining visual economy with ease of manufacturing was the guiding principle of Ryan. A deep knowledge of production and a natural feel for structure has informed his approach. His aim is always to make the appearance of a design, structural economy and production economy work well together, in order to achieve simplicity on every level, not only the visual.
Bruce High, born in Scotland, began his career in cabinet making and joinery and later studied art and sculpture part time, before going to the London College of Furniture to study furniture design and production. He started High Design Limited in 2011. Bruce’s ethos is that behind any successful and enduring design lies a simple, intuitive and functional concept. A clear understanding of the materials, how they can be manipulated and the processes available, is just as important a factor for the success of a product. New Design Group collaborated with Bruce on the hugely successful Alto and Nimbus table ranges as well as our new Mi chair and Switch table.
Rebecca’s career began with her own jewellery business before obtaining a degree in Product Design. Her approach to solving design problems and generating original ideas is grounded in thorough researching, sketching, CAD modelling and rapid prototyping. Utilising these skills, she has produced several innovative furniture pieces for Ryan including, Frank, Trio, Dotty, and Machu.
Mark came to the world of furniture design in a circuitous way having worked in advertising and then training as a cabinet maker, before establishing what is now regarded as one of the leading design studios in the UK. The intent is to create character through simplicity. “…it is all too easy to shock, but much more difficult to please… through the rigorous pursuit of design that has both elegance and a lasting aesthetic. These are not fashionable concepts, but that is the point.”
New Design Group collaborated with Craig Jones to develop the Cambridge Park Luna table system. Jones & Partners is a London based design practice committed to the development of high quality furniture and product design. The company was founded in 2000 and its aim is to provide a complete and fully resourced service that produces exciting designs with solid commercial viability.
After graduating in furniture design at Nottingham Trent University, Simon co-founded a design partnership, manufacturing products for leading international retailers. He joined Ryan in 2000 and designed the company’s core product range with Martin Ryan, including the successful SW19 chair, before becoming New Design Group’s Product Design Manager. His considered approach to design unites an intuitive awareness of form, materials and construction with an invaluable understanding of manufacturing, to create pragmatic, refined solutions such as his Reach and Bistro tables and Uni M chairs. Simon has now established his own design consultancy, Simon Cahill Design, and also lectures in design.
“I adopt a hands-on approach and feel this is the most effective way of understanding a materials capabilities. I strive to create a pared back, understated appearance and enjoy telling a story with as few visual elements as possible. Creating an emotional connection between the object and user. My products are not a passing sensation but aim to create a lasting impression that stands the test of time.”
Founded by Peter and Cathy Wall in 2003, Assemblyroom is a London based design practice with a strong reputation for creativity in both commercial interiors and furniture design. Peter studied Interior Design at Middlesex University and Furniture Design at Oslo National College of Art and Design, whilst Cathy studied Furniture and Product Design at Kingston University. Both then went on to gain experience in commercial practice, engaging in a collaborative and human centred approach, that is still an important part of their design ethos today.