Alistair Metcalfe

Andrew Douglas, Renato Lusardi and Alistair Metcalfe were partners in the architectural practice Douglas Lusardi Metcalfe and manufacturing practice Marinetime Ltd.

The emphasis was on conventional architectural work, shop-fitting and specialist one-off or short-run furniture production. "In the design-and-make furniture, DLM pride themselves on their inventive approach to detailing...Their approach is to think laterally, often looking to an adjacent field such as automotive technology for the initial idea, and thereby providing detailing solutions for problems that would be very hard to solve conventionally." (Building Design, January, 1988).

Some of the designs in our portfolio were designed by DLM and manufactured by Marinetime Ltd who have kindly allowed them to be included as examples of our work.

Alistair chose to break away from conventional architecture and set up his own design and manufacturing business. The initial emphasis was huge and spectacular exhibition stands where he could combine his design and manufacturing skills in equal measure. In the early 1990's the emphasis turned to producing bespoke furniture, unique architectural components and anything you could attach a motor to! As a result he has designed and built boardroom tables, suspended staircases, mechanical toys, robots...

Alistair's strength lies in problem solving, particularly where there is a manufacturing or detailing issue at stake. What you might call a problem he would call an interesting challenge. If you asked Alistair what he makes, his response would be "anything you want".

Current projects include: design and manufacturing consultancy for Mitsubishi Electric; product development; and, various corporate and private client projects.

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