Design is our passion and we, at Futon Company love speaking to designers from all across the spectrum. We enjoy nothing more than quizzing the talented men and women whose clever, contemporary furniture and products grace our homes, gaining an insight into their designs, their inspirations and much more….

Today we talk to Design Masters Jeremy Schotte & Richard Wells from Group Design, whose Planar Shelving, 490 LED Desk Lamp and Trough Desk have joined Futon Company’s hand picked Design Masters range.


Group Design was formed in North London in 2008 by designers Jeremy Schotte and Richard Wells who wanted to combine their commercial, bespoke and architectural design experience to create progressive lighting, furniture and home accessories. The result is contemporary product, furniture and lighting.

Group Design is a collaborative partnership, and the designers also work independently.

What is Group Design’s approach to design?

We like to design for a range of scales, from bespoke/low volume pieces to products suitable for mass manufacture. We strive to create products that express a warmth and emotion whilst making efficient use of form, material and manufacturing process.

What do you love about being designers?

Taking an idea or thought, guiding it through the development process and ending up with an actual, physical object that justifies its place in the world is immensely rewarding.

Tell us about your new Design Masters products for Futon Company

All of our products are made in the UK and assembled in East London.

Group Design’s Planar Shelving system for Futon Company Design Masters is designed around the principles of flexible, adaptable storage and a simplicity of construction and manufacturing. Cut from 2mm sheet steel, the brackets are folded into an angular form that provides optimum strength and rigidity with a minimum of material.

33470_Plana-shelving-lge· The brackets interlock with the shelves in an alternating pattern, creating a rigid and strong structure with minimal twist or flex. Ideal for the storage of books, files and magazines

· Solid bamboo shelves with white powder coated steel brackets

· Available in the following sizes:

6 shelves: 1485mm or 900mm wide x 1780mm(h) x 300mm(d)

4 shelves: 1485mm wide x 1080mm(h) x 300mm(d)


Group Design’s 490 LED desk lamp for Futon Company Design Masters is a compact, elegant desk lamp that utilises the latest in LED technology to create a highly functional and energy efficient luminaire.

· The lamp uses a 3W warm white LED with three-stage dimming via a discrete touch sensor

· Laser-cut steel body with powder coated finish

· Colour options: Pure white or grey, with red or silver fabric braided cable

· Dimensions: 335mm(h)x 210mm(w)x 80mm(d)

JEREMY SCHOTTE & RICHARD WELLS #DESIGNMASTERS trough deskGroup Design’s Trough Desk for Futon Company is a compact writing desk with natural rubber surface and contoured detail.

· Powder coated metal legs

· Beech edging

· 1000mm Wide x 534mm Deep x 780mm Tall

· Comes flat packed for self assembly.

How do you approach design for a small space?

We like our products to work quietly and efficiently, with a lightness of material and construction that helps them to fit a small space without cluttering or overpowering it.

 Give us a space saving tip

Move regularly to avoid too much accumulation of stuff!