Clarke Harrison, Dan Andrews & James Mallinson are three old university friends who together formed Graftin in 2016 to provide high quality and very stylish furniture.
What do you make and why?
We’re three like minded individuals who wanted to bring our creativity and industry experience together to provide the market with new, well thought out furniture & products that are made to last. Initially on Made to Last we are selling our Havant side table.
What would you say differentiates your products from others of a similar style?
We at Graftin take ideas from inception to fruition with a close eye on each stage of development & manufacture, ensuring the very best product is created. Its this desire and involvement that allows us to offer new solutions, to push boundaries and explore new manufacturing techniques not ordinarily applied to furniture design. In essence; We’re three lads, who work hard to be innovative and offer unique solutions that are attractive and suitable to both domestic and contract markets.
Whereabouts does your manufacturing take place?
Our manufacturing takes place across the UK, using a portfolio of trusted fabricators and suppliers who we’ve developed strong relationships with. Its these key relationships that help us do what we do. The design process usually starts with a conversation, idea or even a new manufacturing technique to initiate or drive the creative thinking. It’s a fluid process with lots of discussion and brainstorming which we all find quite therapeutic. Once we have a starting point we assign tasks then graft to bring the idea to life.
What is the toughest part of the product development process for you?
We sometimes struggle to minimise the options or possibilities within a design. Once the creative thoughts are flowing its sometimes hard to condense them into one single product. We’d love to offer a million variations, colours, sizes etc but we’re only a small business so need to keep perspective.
What is the most enjoyable part of the process of product development for you?
The dialog when developing a new idea or product. As we’re old uni mates we can be quite direct with each other so this usually prompts some banter or ridiculing. All in a positive tone of course!
Do you have any new products/ranges planned for the next year or so?
We’re due to launch the remaining items from the Havant range this year. We also have a back catalogue of designs ready to prototype but are currently formalising the best approach, given we’re a new start-up we have to be pragmatic in our approach so will cherry pick the next range to complement the Havant range.
What products or people have helped to inspire you to create the products that you do?
Paul Smith – ‘Creating classics with a twist’ is the graftin ethos in a nutshell.
Which product in your range do you personally use the most and why?
As we’re still so new it would have to be the Havant side table. We all have samples in our own homes which are now part of everyday life and proving a seamless fit.
What environmental considerations have you enacted into your sourcing, manufacturing and packaging?
We’re a UK business who use UK suppliers and materials (where possible), to reduce our carbon footprint. We also investigate every step of our products life cycle and think about how we can make improvements to reduce our impact on the environment. We are looking into a recycled range thats in its infancy stage at present so watch this space.
Why did you name your products as you have?
There isn’t really a story as such behind our naming, other than it being the birthplace of the idea. Although we may need to rethink this in the future or start booking our brainstorming sessions in new locations around the UK!
MTL – thanks for taking the time to answer our questions fellas, great to have your lovely side table on Made to Last.