Tuesday, 8 November 2011


Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, Hitch Mylius is a veritable ambassador for home grown furniture manufacturing in the UK.

Founded in 1971 by designers Tristram and Hazel Mylius, the London-based company has produced contemporary, upholstered furniture for an impressive roll call of public spaces spanning offices, hotels, universities and airports. Clients have included English Heritage, Google, Channel 4, the Guardian Newspaper, British Museum, St Andrew’s University, Kings College Hospital, Eurostar and Forte Hotels, to name a few.

Within the design industry, Hitch Mylius is renowned for their inherent “Britishness” and long-held commitment to manufacturing in the UK. Architects and designers hold them in high regard consistently specifying their products in new and high profile projects.

Over the years, Hitch Mylius has collaborated with prominent product designers and architects, including Kenneth Grange, Nigel Coates, Simon Pengelly and David Chipperfield, to produce special pieces or ranges, many of which are still in production today. With an impressive 40-year pedigree of designing, prototyping and manufacturing furniture product ranges, each piece is handmade to order, in Enfield, by a highly skilled team of craftsmen.

The anniversary celebration include a new collection of modular seating (hm63) designed by Nigel Coates, additions to the popular range designed by Simon Pengelly (hm86) and a new seating range for the healthcare sector and the elderly, designed by Kenneth Grange. The celebrations culminate with an exciting programme of events during the London Design Festival (details below).

Tristram and Hazel Mylius both have an inherently strong sense of design. Tristram studied furniture design at the Hornsey College of Art (now Middlesex University). His training combined with Hazel’s natural eye for design and passion for textiles, created the foundations of Hitch Mylius incorporating both their areas of expertise.

Founded in 1971, and following the amicable departure with John Hitch a few years later, the company has grown organically and today comprises thirty employees involved in furniture production. The company has overcome four recessions, during the most recent Hitch Mylius recorded their single largest order; 900 sofas for the Princess Noura University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, simultaneously completed with an order for 1300 pieces to furnish the new London Mint Hotel in Tower Bridge.
As far as Tristram and Hazel are concerned, Hitch Mylius’ staff, many of whom have been at the company for 30 years, are their greatest asset. Hitch Mylius works like a finely tuned machine, strong on logistics, skills and training, resulting in beautifully crafted, functional furniture. Its mission is to continue to promote good British design and to demonstrate that the UK can still produce affordable, quality furniture design.

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