Designer Mark Lane talks to Futon Company about his newest design for Design Masters…


What do you love about design?
I am always interested in how things work, colour, function, form and materials. Being lost in the creative moment is really what drives me as well as being efficient and open minded to learn more.

Explain your approach to design
What’s most important to me is being able to define and understand a client’s needs so I can design a product that ticks all of their boxes.

Tell us about your product design for Futon Company
For Design Masters I have designed a timber iPad case available in walnut or oak under the Spokeshaved label. The cases have been constructed using FSC sourced timber. Each is fully lined with a furniture linoleum manufactured from renewable, natural raw materials. Basic ingredients include linseed oil, rosin, wood flour and natural pigments, making it biologically degradable. It doesn’t harm the environment at any stage of its lifecycle. It also incorporates a stand.

When designing for a small space how do you approach it?
Ultimately small space design comes down to how the space is used and what is required. Next I consider how efficient the design needs to be and I also take into account how to make it look pretty too.

Give us a space saving tip
Pull down desking. A wall mounted cabinet with fold down desk top eliminates the amount of floor space taken up plus you can conceal all your papers etc when you’ve finished.

Tell us your thoughts on sofabeds?
Throughout the course of my life I have slept on many sofabeds and that is all I have to say on the subject!

Join us for the launch of Design Masters at Futon Company, Tottenham Court Road on Thursday 13th March 2014 from 6-9pm