Our three founder designers have been in the industry for over 30 years. Marque Sussex is a means to make our furniture close to home, for enjoyment in yours
Ben has grown his first business Fowler & Co, from a tiny Lewes startup in 1986, to the thriving hub that is Scott Workshops today. He works right across the industry: from designing successful ranges for M&S, Willis & Gambier, Ercol and The Futon Company to realising ambitious interior architecture and auditorium seating for the Festspielhaus Neuschwanstein in Germany. His modern classic ‘Hat Tree’ received both a Design Guild Mark and a Wood Award.
Ben’s expertise spans the lifecycle of a product, from initial sketch to mass manufacture. The Fowler & Co portfolio encompassing everything from prototyping and decorative veneering to structural and architectural joinery. His approach echoes the Bauhaus ethos under which he trained, favouring honest clean lines, unfussy functionality and classic joinery.
Workshop-based since 1984, John has built a vast reservoir of applied knowledge and joinery skill paired with a lasting respect for the principles of the Arts & Craft movement and the aesthetic of Mid Century Modern.
His furniture is characterized by its rhythmic proportion and a clean, pared-down nature, exhibited in both his enduringly-popular Duhrer range for John Lewis and Softmod for The Futon Company. John is just as at home creating bespoke kitchens and bedrooms for individual clients as he is working with architects to realise joinery for big commercial projects, including beautiful work for The Henry Moore Foundation and Sotheby’s.
Orb Bedside Table
Simon Pengelly’s Lean Table will soon be available
Simon’s training as a cabinetmaker, together with an acute sense of quality and care for detail, have made him one of the UK’s top designers. Starting his career as part of Conran Design Group and then Habitat’s design team, Simon established his own internationally-renowned design firm in 1993. His vast portfolio spanning furniture and domestic products includes the multi award-winning Unnia chairs, Habitat’s most successful Radius range, and wooden stacking chairs for Chorus, installed at Norwich Cathedral.
Simon’s process-driven approach combines craftsmanship with a sensitivity to materials and an innate appreciation for how we live with and use the objects in our homes.