Langton Stead, Founder and Designer, Contract Furniture by Design, shares the company’s experiences of designing bespoke furniture for the leading interior architects and designers around the globe.
Stead is owner, founder and designer of Contract Furniture by Design. His years of experience in the hospitality, hotel arena and consultancy with interior design houses is a key feature in building CFbD reputation within the industry. Resulting in major project wins in the high-end contract furniture sector.
Collaborating with leading hospitality brands around the world, the company designs and manufactures single-source contract furniture. Which is brought together to create luxurious, award-winning environments that guests and customers won’t want to leave. As a young company founded in 2016, the brand’s achievements over the last three years have been staggering, with installations to high-end clients throughout the UK, Europe and USA. The team is highly driven, multi-faceted and brought together by years of experience gained within small, medium and large organisations and high-pressure service-orientated environments.
Tell us about the background of Contract Furniture by Design?
We were born out of a necessity for bespoke in the interiors market. Working closely with interior designers and architects, we aim to become the in-house furniture specialist for that bespoke project, from initial design to installation. Strong relationships are built on a clear understanding of what can be achieved and help to go beyond client’s expectations.
What was your first large scale project specification?
Soho House, Dumbo, New York – An incredible project to be part of and as a manufacturer, to work on some fantastic bespoke products for both internal and external use. Awide range of skills in manufacturing and materials were used, including handworked cane sofas, bespoke metal chairs and specialist marbles. It was a proud moment for the company and the factory to be part of.
How did you come to work with the Fettle team on Tavolino restaurant?
We have been working with the Fettle team for longtime; the relationship allows us to push the designs to its limits. Personally we enjoy the process together.
Have you worked on this type of project before?
The interesting and exciting part of this project was that we had to have an eye on the future. Tavolino is part of a roll out plan with many sites penciled in. Products here had to meet the riggers of a contract environment, but not feel or look. Once a proven FFE menu is created it makes the process of a successful expansion easy for the client letting them concentrate on their business.
What were your highlight pieces from Tavolino?
The chairs are great, functional, durable and unique, but for me the tables – the quality of marble and the wire brushed timber edge sets a fantastic landscape across the restaurant.
What is the next project for Contract Furniture by Design?
Next for us is Coppa Club in Cobham working with Fox and Church; major project works with the Hoxton Hotel in Barcelona. We are also excited about working with Fettle again on a new Private Members Club – it’s going to be a busy end of year.
Find out more here: www.architecturemagazine.co.uk/2020/11/30/tavolino-by-fettle/