Five years after its launch in 2008, furniture company MARK Product is busy conquering the UK furniture market from its base in Penryn.
As well as working for major corporate clients (PriceWaterhouseCoopers, the BBC, JD Wetherspoon), MARK has furnished a number of homes in Cornwall, and has recently landed a major contract for leading national retailer Heal’s.
MARK is led by two designers, Anna Hart and John Miller who met in Cornwall in 2007 through a shared passion for furniture, design and a belief in British manufacturing.
Hart said: “Our aim for MARK is to make a range of practical and enduring furniture whilst minimizing environmental impact and maximizing the economic and social benefit for the communities in which we are based.”
MARK draws on talent from across Cornwall, utilising skills from the creative, marine, textiles and furniture industries.
“Cornwall is rich in the diversity and quality of skills on offer,” explained Miller. “By designing with and for this talent we have built a large range of standard products, but with the ability to customise to customers specific needs”.
This USP has been picked up by Heal’s in its ‘Made for You’ collection, a range of sofas and beds by MARK launched this spring. The furniture can be tailored using a wide variety of colour and detail options, as well as being offered in many different sizes.
During the last five years, MARK furniture has been specified locally for projects such as Cribbar, Newquay, Falmouth University and Penryn College as well as national clients such as the BBC, World Wildlife Fund and The Co-op.
The company is now gearing up for Clerkenwell Design Week in May – a key trade show in London where it will be launching new products.
Locally, MARK’s furniture is available from the Webb Street Company in Fowey. Its Penryn base may be visited by appointment.