Rob Scarlett

Scarlett Design is a London based design and development studio focusing on domestic furniture that offers your company the opportunity to deliver well conceived, beautifully proportioned and above all, commercial products to the market place.

I met Rob through my work with Kirsty Whyte, and recently we were both judges as part of NEW DESIGN BRITAIN 2015.

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If they were to make a toy action figure of you, what would your accessory be?
Grappling hook. It would be cool to climb into all the old buildings in London and have a nose around. I'd probably be a bit like Jeff Bridges in the Fisher King.

To what degree have you actually controlled the course your design life has taken?
Quite a lot really. Mainly in the sense of taking opportunities when presented. Luck is always going to play a part but hard work, persistence and developing relationships are key to being successful. When we eventually work together Paul it'll be because of those things. :)

What’s something you know you do differently than most people?
I think my strength is that I'm able to present myself in the way the client will best respond to. I suppose that makes me a bit of an all rounder. More specifically I find that clients are surprised by the strength of my hand sketched renderings. More and more designers are going straight into a 3D modelling package rather than developing the idea on paper first. I use computer modelling a lot myself but I like to really work through the idea first because the computer can be a little restrictive sometimes.

What product or event inspired you to be a designer?
There was no one thing really. I was only ever inspired by Art & Design and fortunately my parents were really supportive. I made a desk when I was at High School and that was it really, I just liked the mixture of problem solving with aesthetics.

If you could go back in time and become the designer of any existing item, what would you choose?
The paper clip!!!! I'm only half joking, but it would be great to be the designer of something that people go 'of course, why didn't I think of that'.

If you forced me to pick one piece of furniture it would be the Seal chair by Kofod Larsen. Stunning mid century easy chair. It kind of makes me just want to give up though!!!

Wait! Can I have 2. I've recently been getting into metal furniture and think this industrial chair by Friso Kramer is almost perfect.

If I were to be any designer though it would Hans Wegner. That guy was just perfect!