“In Thailand in the early days it was very low-key and relaxed: I had a motorbike with a sidecar and a beaten up van which we used to transport individual antique pieces”

Picture reference: Collecting Antique Buddha’s in Thailand

Travelling south East Asia in the early days, sourcing one off antiques, finding skilled local craftsmanship were the building blocks for the future.

Picture reference: Left (First production contract agreed in Saigon Vietnam ) Right (Sunday Times Shoot)

“There was a gap for quality Teak Garden Furniture in the UK, we had seen the materials and skills first hand in Vietnam…”

“Our first Teak Garden collection was featured in the Sunday Times and quickly became a firm favourite with retailers and interior designers alike…”

The collection was small but beautifully crafted using the finest quality Teak. Julian took patterns from an old an Chippendale bookcase along with inspiration from renowned garden furniture designer and sculptor, JP White, in order to create a set of designs that are still desired today.
Picture Left (First Factory workforce in mid-late 90’s) Picture Right (Julian & Richard out sourcing and collecting antiques)

Moving on from Garden Furniture, with the growth and demand from UK & US interior designers, the interiors line became key. From this point on, together they started to build a curate a small facility in South Saigon. Richard has remained in Vietnam overseeing production, product development and sampling and sourcing new business.  Today the factory is vast, spanning two sites with a workforce of over 1500.

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