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Meet the Design Team

Simon Chaplin

 

  • How long have you worked in the industry?
  • I have been involved in it all my life. I was fortunate enough to grow up in a furniture family so even though I was not working, I was learning through osmosis! Chaplins opened it’s doors nearly 20 years ago and during this time I have worked closely with many inspiring and knowledgeable individuals over the years which has kept my love for the industry strong.
  • What is your favourite piece and why?
  • The Maralunga Sofa by Vico Magistretti. Designed in 1973 and still one of the most comfortable and timeless pieces. An iconic piece of furniture that is still displayed at the Museum of Modern Art.
  • What is your area of speciality?
  • Product placement due to my depth of knowledge of all the brand collections which we supply. This enables me to walk into a bare room and instantly visualise the potential and what products would be best suited to the environment.
  • What will be the next big trend in interiors?
  • The beauty of design is that it is always moving. Fashion has a major influence on interior trends and consumers are seeing the importance of accessorising current interiors with signature pieces. Fashion houses are now collaborating with major furniture brands to bridge the gap between fashion and home interiors.
  • If you didn’t sell contemporary furniture, what would you be?
  • A racing driver… My love for petrol has always been there.
Ask Simon a question: simon@chaplins.co.uk
Peter Chaplin

 

  • How long have you worked in the industry?
  • 14 years
  • What is your favourite piece and why?
  • Ron Arad’s PizzaKobra Light. Calling it a lamp would be underselling it. The versatile design allows you to have it flat like a pizza or standing tall and proud like a cobra ready to strike.
  • What is your area of speciality?
  • The modern classics. My vast experience means I have sold most of the iconic products during my time here at Chaplins.
  • What will be the next big trend in interiors?
  • The emergence of interiors that combine the basic and old with the modern and the high-tech.
  • If you didn’t sell contemporary furniture, what would you be?
  • A property developer… because I have also got a passion for contemporary architecture.
Ask Peter a question: peter@chaplins.co.uk
Ludovic Aublanc

 

  • How long have you worked in the industry?
  • 13 years.
  • What is your favourite piece and why?
  • Charles and Ray Eames Lounge Chair. Growing up I always had to fight my father to sit on it so it constantly brings back these sweet childhood moments to me. Over 50 years after it was designed it’s simple beauty and comfort still wins me over. I also have a fetish for modern lighting, especiallyBulb by Ingo Maurer.
  • What is your area of speciality?
  • My passion for design, extensive product knowledge and my ability to understand my clients needs.
  • What will be the next big trend in interiors?
  • I’d like to think that great interiors are timeless. One’s interior should reflect one’s personality and lifestyle more than current trends. That said, this year we will see vibrant accent colours illuminating chic tones of greys and browns.
  • If you didn’t sell contemporary furniture, what would you be?
  • An architect so that I would design structures around furniture to create perfect harmony.
Ask Ludovic a question: ludovic@chaplins.co.uk
Loretta Tansey

 

  • How long have you worked in the industry?
  • 15 years
  • What is your favourite piece and why?
  • My favourite range of furniture is the Cube by Interlubke. It is a cabinet range that can be applied to living, dining, bedroom and office areas and is available in a wide range of matt and high gloss lacquer finishes with the possibility of having wooden tops.
  • What is your area of speciality?
  • I specialise in fitted furniture and like technically challenging projects.
  • What will be the next big trend in interiors?
  • I see storage cabinets in living rooms, home offices, etc becoming slimmer and more for aesthetic reasons than functionality. We are seeing more hidden technology entering into the market so there will be no need for deep storage.
  • If you didn’t sell contemporary furniture, what would you be?
  • Montessori school teacher.
Ask Loretta a question: loretta@chaplins.co.uk
Denis Barclay

 

  • How long have you worked in the industry?
  • I have worked in the industry since 1987 and have designed, made and assembled fitted furniture at various stages in my career.
  • What is your favourite piece and why?
  • The Barrel Chair by Frank Lloyd Wright. I like it because of it’s simple straight lines and the way it forms a shield around the table.
  • What is your area of speciality?
  • I specialise in custom made modular furniture. Anything unusual or difficult – if it doesn’t exist I create it.
  • What will be the next big trend in interiors?
  • Multifunctional furniture with an interaction with technology (Smart Furniture). A good example is a side table which features both lighting and a control panel for operating other electrical objects within the house using wifi.
  • If you didn’t sell contemporary furniture, what would you be?
  • I would be working in the open, near the sea. I applied once to look after the channel island of Brequo for a year, which is coincidentally owned by the Barclay Brothers – unfortunately no relations!
Ask Denis a question: d.barclay@chaplins.co.uk
Melvin

 

  • How long have you worked in the industry?
  • 14 Years
  • What is your favourite piece and why?
  • Conseta sofa by COR. It’s such a simple and streamlined design which is also extremely comfortable. Many trends have come and gone but this sofa continues to look relevant and fresh.
  • What is your area of speciality?
  • My people skills and patience when working on large projects which are constantly changing.
  • What will be the next big trend in interiors?
  • Vibrant statement pieces to help enhance more classic interiors.
  • If you didn’t sell contemporary furniture, what would you be?
  • Chef and DJ, I love my food and music!
Ask Melvin a question: m.brown@chaplins.co.uk
Stephanie Mandret

 

  • How long have you worked in the industry?
  • 13 Years
  • What is your favourite piece and why?
  • The Togo Sofa by Ligne Roset because of its unique design, concept and comfort. It is ideal for both single and family life. Fun, relaxing and impossible to copy!
  • What is your area of speciality?
  • The Ligne Roset Collection
  • What will be the next big trend in interiors?
  • Scandinavian design and furniture made from raw materials will grow in modern furniture helping to create a more natural environment.
  • If you didn’t sell contemporary furniture, what would you be?
  • I would be working for UNICEF or UNITED NATIONS, travelling the world, helping under privileged people. I speak several languages and am well travelled.
Ask Stephanie a question: s.mandret@chaplins.co.uk
James Garmston

 

  • How long have you worked in the industry?
  • I have worked in the industry for 8 years.
  • What is your favourite piece and why?
  • My favourite piece is the Sinus Lounge Chair and Ottoman by Cor. For various reasons, I honestly do not think you can find a more relaxing armchair. The flowing form from seat to footstool is pure and seamless. This matched by the excellent German engineering of the cantilevered spring base makes for in my mind a timeless functional object.
  • What is your area of speciality?
  • Bespoke modular furniture and furniture planning. Interior or exterior, I am genuinely passionate about furniture and interior design.
  • What will be the next big trend in interiors?
  • Any item of furniture that incorporates home entertainment. Cinema rooms are becoming more popular due to people extending their homes and with the accessibility of 3D television.
  • If you didn’t sell contemporary furniture, what would you be?
  • An architect as I constantly dream of designing my own home or a marine biologist.
Ask James a question: j.garmston@chaplins.co.uk
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