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Today’s Design Master Nell Beale, is a trained and experienced designer and maker of bespoke furniture with over 20 years in the business. She launched her Bath-based furniture and interiors company Coucou Manou to offer beautiful and original furniture for adults and children. Her passion for colour is evident across her collection and her knowledge of cabinet making results in every piece being crafted to the highest standards.

What is your design specialism/ approach to design ?
Beale designs furniture mainly from quality sheet materials and is interested in utilising the materials in the most efficient way avoiding wastage. “I like to design furniture that gets noticed yet at the same time, sits happily in many different interiors.”

What do you love about being a designer?
I love that I’m able to create what I design and see the finished product exactly how I’d envisaged it.

Tell us about your product design for Futon Company
The GG Shelves are designed to be used as side tables at sofas or beds and because of their shape, they don’t take up too much space, whilst still offering lots of storage. They are perfect for putting a small lamp and a cup of tea on the top shelf, a book on the middle and magazines or books at the bottom.

GG Shelves are available in five colours – ochre, light grey, orange, magenta and dark blue – and work equally well as a single colour or as a group of different colours.

Overall dimensions in mm = height 570 x width 240 x depth 225.


When designing for a small space how do you approach it?
It really depends on the space and what you’re designing.

Give us a space saving tip
Where possible, and if it’s not too intrusive, hang items on walls.

Watch this space…
Nell Beale’s business CoucouManou will be exhibiting at 100% Design at Earls Court in September 2014 where she will be showcasing her new ‘Loop’ range of furniture. For further information go to

Pop down to Futon Company on Thursday 3rd July 2014 between 3-7pm to meet Nell and the other Design Masters over a glass of something cool and refreshing….