Today we talk to furniture and kitchen designer John Weaver, the innovator behind the Futon Company Design Masters Chest of Duhrer and Midmod range .

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Explain your approach to design
My approach is simple and relates to the appropriate use of space, practically and aesthetically, within a budget.

What do you love about being a designer?
The challenge of realising the appropriate use of space within a budget and then exceeding expectation.

Tell us about your product designs for Futon Company
Design Masters focuses on clever use of space, in particular maximising small space design.
The Chest of Duhrer is all about ‘less is more’. The drawers use the framing to operate so become the cabinet sides and the drawer handles tie in with the frame and the top. It has a good midcentury feel and I’m delighted with it. I’m currently looking at ways to refine it further and to include a writing desk.

The bedside cabinets and Midmod range, especially the new Media Mod, are a nod to the development of the American Modern streamline style of Heywood Wakefield in their late fifties era. Whereas theirs were predominantly a blond or ‘wheat’ finish on stained birch, the Midmod range combines oak or walnut with coloured lacquers.

When designing for a small space how do you approach it?
Small spaces are the most challenging to work with so I don’t try and fit too much in. It’s better to have one item working well rather than a couple which are a compromise.

Give us a space saving tip.
Less is more.

What are your thoughts on sofabeds?
The last time I slept on one it was our own sofabed for a few weeks with our last child in her baby basket next to it. We were managing three children under five and their nocturnal routines!
That said I usually associate sofabeds with visiting friends so always a positive experience.

Join us today for the launch of Design Masters at Futon Company, Tottenham Court Road on Thursday 13th March 2014 from 5-9pm