Product & Furniture Design
London, United Kingdom
Graphic Designer Alex and Entertainment Marketing Manager Lucy met whilst working at Freud Communications PR agency in 2001.
Alex is a Graphic Designer by trade. She graduated from Manchester Met University with a Degree in Design and Art Direction in 1999, and moved to London. She’s held design roles in big agencies and boutique studios for a diverse range of clients, including global brands Nike, Pepsi & BT, she ran a Design Team at Wordsearch, working with an enviable set of property and architecture clients including Max Fordham, Hammerson and Thomas Heatherwick (The East Beach Cafe).
A course in printed textile sparked the drive to combine twenty years experience in the graphic design sector with a love and nuance for simple, striking interiors.
Lucy trained to design and make props at Central School of Speech & Drama, London, graduating in 1995. She was a Prop Maker for Theatre, a Prop Buyer for TV, before she ‘fell’ into Marketing Films. She worked on productions at The Young Vic, The Stephen Joseph Theatre, The Edinburgh Festival as well as some forgettable daytime TV shows. More recently she ran international teams at both Universal Pictures and Paramount Pictures for film releases including King Kong, Transformers, Shrek, No Country for Old Men and Justin Bieber : Never Say Never.
Missing ‘making’ Lucy went back to the workshop and trained in traditional upholstery, at the Thomas Calton Centre and The Goodlife Centre – one day she called up Alex and said “What do you reckon to designing and making something together?”
Walter, a thoughtfully made, simply designed two seat bench, upholstered in R&M’s own signature designs, was the very first collection developed by R&M.
In 2017, Walter, was joined by Scrippy, Valerie, Arnie, Gertrude & Anne, and in 2018 by Billy, Digs, Hux & Ham, a range of timeless, functional furniture and textiles, designed and crafted in England for everyday homes and life.
Our fabrics are designed in Yorkshire, printed in Worcestershire, our furniture handmade in East Sussex, our textiles produced in Lancashire (at Cookson&Clegg, a factory manufacturing great things since 1840).
R&M create elegant, uncomplicated, useful pieces, featuring our own contemporary fabric designs, specifically chosen & artworked per piece, our founding principle is to deliver a collection of remarkable items made for modern living.