Already an acclaimed cabinet-maker by the time he began studying design at Kingston University, Simon's formative training at the bench explains the pragmatism that underscores his intelligent design. Known for their lightness and subtlety, Simon's designs are staples in numerous international collections. "Quietness is a quality the best products possess," he says. "They don't follow trend, rather their character is born of thoughtful regard to function, materiality, environment, intuitiveness and familiarity. There are few things more exciting to me than being able to make my mark with quiet design."