Sussex-based Marque Furniture celebrates the craft of the maker with its first own-brand collection of exquisite furniture from a collective of award-winning designers including Simon Pengelly and Ben Fowler.
Ben Fowlers childhood was lit by an abiding fascination with boats. He became friends with real boat builders and built his first boat in his 20’s a beautiful 26ft traditional rowing boat, by hand and from scratch. As a student, Ben designed and made, always at the bench trying out new ideas.
From making bespoke furniture in the mid 80’s, he would go on to become an award winning joiner and furniture designer, creating bestselling ranges for Ercol and Marks and Spencer, as well furniture for John Lewis and Habitat, plus stunning staircases and some extraordinary one-off commissions that include a quirky ‘boat seat’ for Sir Terence Conran and doors for the Royal Barge Gloriana.
Now, thirty-five years on, his company, Marque Furniture launches its first own-brand collection that celebrates the craft of the maker.
Making its debut at the January Furniture Show, the collection of exquisitely expressive furniture comes from a small collective of highly acclaimed, like-minded designers, all of whom are skilled cabinetmakers, first and foremost.
Their pieces reflect a deep understanding of woodworking and the creative process, and it is this, that makes Marque Furniture and its products unique. Joining Ben as part of the Marque Furniture design team is the multi award-winning Simon Pengelly who is cited as one of the most important contributors to the British furniture industry, John Weaver who brings almost 40 years’ experience as a furniture designer and an interest in mid-century design and Nell Beal whose work is, in contrast, both highly imaginative and decorative.
“Our mission for the Marque Furniture collection” says Ben Fowler, “is to deliver beautiful pieces which are an expression of designers who are makers, and makers who are designers, direct to market”. He adds, “we’re allowing ourselves complete creative freedom to develop furniture which encapsulates elegant design and fine cabinetmaking that will become heirlooms, cherished for their character, quality of material, and beauty in detail.”
Find them in Hall 1, Stand 1-A15.