Audrey Chair by ob&b


We’ve added a brand new copper finish to our range of powder coat colours as well as a subtle buttoned detail to our most popular Audrey range of chairs & sofas…shown here in ponza.



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Cascara by Elite


A classical and beautifully crafted lounge chair that radiates style, standing out from the crowd at first glance.

Its smooth lines and generous proportions deliver outstanding comfort.

The Cascara family consists of a high back and medium back chair with a choice of white lacquered outer shell, walnut veneered outer shell or a fully upholstered variant.



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Design Guild Mark


The Design Guild Mark is now accepting applications. A new category for Lighting Design has also been launched for 2020 as well as the previous categories for Furniture and Textiles, Wall coverings, Surfaces, Carpets and Floor coverings. For over 10 years the Design Guild Mark, awarded by The Furniture Makers’ Company, has been distinguishing the excellent from the ordinary in the design of furnishings intended for volume production.

It is unique to other design awards as the panel of independent judges – all experts in the field of design – examine the submitted pieces and question the designer during a judging day that takes place in the fantastic surroundings of Carpenters’ Hall in the City of London.

Rodney McMahon, chairman of the Design Guild Mark, commented:

“The variety and quality of designs, from both established and aspiring designers, applying for the Design Guild Mark is always stimulating. With the launch of the Lighting Design categories this year, we now have three different design strands that we hope will attract an even broader range of applicants, and ensure that the award of a Design Guild Mark continues to be something to which to aspire.”

Designers and companies have until 28th November 2019 to submit an entry to meet the early bird deadline and until 23rd January 2020 to meet the final deadline.
The Design Guild Mark judging panels for 2020 will be:



Joanna Biggs – GA Design
Sarah Bryan – Sheppard Robson
Elliott Koehler – Layer Design
Jeremy Myerson – Royal College of Art
Tom Pearce – Farrah & Pearce
Campbell Thompson – The Conran Shop
Terence Woodgate – Studio Woodgate
Textiles, Wall coverings, Surfaces, Carpets and Floor coverings
Linzi Coppick – Forme UK
Daniel Hopwood – Hopwood Design Studios
Professor Clare Johnson – Royal College of Art
Natasha Marshall – Natasha Marshall
Corinne Pringle – tp bennett
Peter Thwaites – Rapture & Wright

Simon Alderson – twentytwentyone
Tim Rundle – Tim Rundle Studio
Simon Terry – Anglepoise
John Tree – Jasper Morrison
Sebastian Wrong – Established & Sons

Designs awarded a Mark benefit from increased industry and consumer awareness, press and social media coverage, with the designers and companies behind them also receiving enhanced brand recognition.

The piece from each category deemed to be the most outstanding by the judges will also win the Jonathan Hindle Prize for Excellence – a £1,000 cash prize.


Comments from 2019 Awardees:

Steven Owens, designer of Bure Collection for &Bespoke: “A Design Guild Mark is such a prestigious honour, being recognised alongside the most impressive who’s who in the UK furniture industry is fantastic. I am extremely proud to have been awarded one for my first chair collection for &Bespoke”.

Paul Kelley, designer of BOB for Bisley: “2019 sees me receiving my second Design Guild Mark in as many years. This time round it is so much more significant for me as I have had a year to realise in what high regard the award is held, not only in the UK, but around the world. It is especially pleasing as it marks the start of my working relationship with Bisley, who are equally happy, and I know that it will create more opportunities for me as I move forward as a product designer”

Mark Gabbertas, designer of Oran for Allermuir and William Lounge Chair and Ottoman for Gloster Furniture: “This award programme continues to shine a spotlight on the best British design, in this case for truly international brands. The design scene in the UK is in great shape and we are proud to be part of it.”

Another Brand – Theo Williams, Creative Director, team of designers of Mosaic, Another Brand in partnership with Qualita Ltd: “The Design Guild Mark represents a commitment to British design with high standards in quality and merit within the British design industry. It’s a pleasure to obtain a DGM award that combines a commercial and a commercial and a cultural point of view.”

Comments from Judges:

Jeremy Myerson, professor of design at the Royal College of Art:

“The Design Guild Mark remains the gold standard in design excellence for manufactured furniture. This year the accent was on simplicity, authenticity, finesse and fitness for purpose.”

Daniel Hopwood, director of Daniel Hopwood: London Interior Design & Architecture

“We all know that lovely quote by William Morris ‘Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.’ In the light of this modern age may I add to the quote ‘and definitely sustainable’ as all of the products that have been awarded the prestigious Design Guild Mark meet all three of those criteria.”


John Tree, product designer at Jasper Morrison:

“I’m super excited that DGM has both added a lighting category and invited me to be one of the judges. DGM has filled a noticeable gap in the UK by providing a platform for the recognition of excellence in furniture design. Extending this to Lighting is a natural continuation of the guilds work.”

To see past winners and to keep up with the latest news, follow Design Guild Mark on Instagram, Twitter and Linkedin. You can also visit the website at for more information regarding biographies of the judging panel and useful information about applying as well as the judging criteria for each category
Those interested in submitting an entry for the 2020 awards can download an application form from the Design Guild Mark website,

If You Don’t Have it in Stock, You Can’t Sell it!

We’ve said it before “if you don’t have it in stock, you can’t sell it!”. So, without reinventing the wheel, at De Raat we have increased our target stock holding to 95%. This has without doubt contributed to recent sales growth and our dealers are trusting us more and more to be able to supply the products they need, quickly without fuss and at great prices. If you want to benefit from being a customer of De Raat, give Mark or Lee a call on 0330 0585306.

Fire-resistant Filing Cabinets

Since GDPR hit the scene last year our sales of fire-resistant filing cabinets have massively increased. In particular our De Raat 90 min fire resistant model and premium branded Fire King units. De Raat is the exclusive UK distributor for Fire King and our dealer partners have benefitted from offering the range to their customers. Visit our website to find out more about Fire King and De Raat security products

Sustainability Matters to You and to Us


Sustainability is seldom far from specifiers’ thoughts as operators in public and private sectors seek to secure their environmental credentials in delivering facilities that contribute to the circular society.

As Made in Britain manufacturers, changing room and storage specialists Crown Sports Lockers only source materials from sustainable origins, which in turn reassures customers seeking environmentally sound suppliers.

Soon to be FSC accredited, Crown seek to strengthen their own contribution to the circular society as well as that of their customers. Their high-end factory runs on clean electricity generated from solar panels, while also recycling process heat to warm offices and the factory floor.

When you need to specify storage and changing room facilities, ask suppliers about their own green credentials. Crown are more than happy to discuss theirs with you.

Crown Unveil Sustainable Storage Solution

Changing room and storage specialists Crown Sports Lockers are launching an industry first at this year’s Independent Hotel Show (IHS). 

A waterproof locker fabricated with recycled plastic board will take centre stage on their stand F12 at what is its ninth straight showing at the popular annual event.  

The locker also includes an antibacterial agent that prevents growth of MRSA and E.coli pathogens to introduce heightened hygiene into changing and washroom environments.



“The advance allows us to blend the natural appeal of timber lockers and ancillary furniture fitted in spa treatment and changing rooms with a sustainable storage solution for facilities wishing to enhance hygiene while meeting mounting demand for environmentally green options,” said Crown Project Manager Spencer Grimwood. 

Made in Britain manufacturer Crown commands more than 25 years’ know-how in the design and installation of inspiring hospitality, leisure and sports changing provision.  

Crown has fitted out a host of spectacular spas, several in seaside destinations, including Saunton Sands Hotel, St Michael’s Resort & Spa and Woolacombe Bay Hotel.


“We unveiled the locker to the education sector recently and it proved really popular,” Spencer adds. “Its waterproof feature and recycled plastic content ticked the boxes for those who saw the product.”

Hushhubs – The perfect Acoustic Workspace


The new Hushhubs from Dams Social Spaces portfolio designed with the biophilic idea of a return to the natural world as its basis: using high quality European Oak, acoustic glass, natural fabrics and recyclable materials to create a multi-purpose space where people can gather and communicate, teach and learn, think and concentrate.

Triumph Furniture of Merthyr Tydfil Folds with 252 Job Losses


The staff at CFAS are very saddened to hear of the demise of Triumph Office Furniture. Triumph have had a close working relationship with CFAS for many many years. I would personally like to thank Jessica Marshall who has been our main contact throughout Triumph’s association with us; Thank you Jess, it has always been a pleasure working with you.

Our thoughts go out to all Triumph employees and families.


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