BENCHMARK, passionate about craftsmanship and design and totally committed to sustainability
Published on October 1, 2015
Sean Sutcliffe and Terence Conran founded Benchmark in 1984 with a dream of creating a craft based workshop that produced furniture on a scale that would provide customers with high quality, beautifully designed furniture made in a responsible way and at a reasonable price. They have grown significantly since those early days, becoming one of the leading and most technically advanced furniture makers in the country, but that original vision is still our driving force.
Their love of making starts from the stewardship of trees, down to the hands-on-making by their highly skilled team. They believe firmly that the pleasure gained from using a piece is directly related to the care given by the hand of the maker.
They make and sell their own furniture collection and enjoy working with many of the world’s top architects and designers on a range of projects, fitting and furnishing offices, hotels, bars, restaurants and public buildings.
Led by Sean Sutcliffe who trained as a cabinet maker and furniture designer, they are a team of craftspeople rather than business people and care deeply about what we design and make. As with all craft made pieces, the love of their craftsmen is imbued in the pieces they make, which is what makes them so unique and desirable.