Design Guild Mark Holder

William Lounge Chair and Ottoman

Name of Designer:

Mark Gabbertas
DGM Number


Date of Award


Manufacturers’ Name

Gloster Furniture


ased on a brief that outdoor furniture can have the same elegance and lightness of touch as its interior cousins, the design explores the potential of three dimensionally shaping solid teak to achieve a compelling profile and ergonimically correct one. The slates are attached to the minimal powder coated sled base via an almost invisible fixing system that helps preserve the chair’s visual integrity.


Mark Gabbertas was born in Yorkshire in 1962 and came to the world of furniture design in a circuitous way having started his working life in advertising before changing career path to train as a cabinet maker. Apprenticed to Codrington Furniture and then with Stemmer and Sharp in the acclaimed Oblique Workshops in Hackney, it was Hackney he chose to found his own design/making studio in 1994. In 2001, he established the Gabbertas Studio in West London to focus on furniture design, before moving the main studio to the Oxfordshire countryside in 2016.

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