Tony Wills and Brian Watson have worked together since 1988, when Tony was managing director of T3, the product design subsidiary of international architects DEGW. From T3’s initial focus on technology + furniture, in particular for dealing rooms, our portfolio has expanded to include products for all aspects of the built environment, as well as products for specialist scientific and medical applications. Prior to T3, Tony was a partner in the design and manufacturing company TAG, which he co-founded on graduation from the Royal College of Art’s Furniture School.

Brian, an industrial design engineering graduate of the RCA and Cambridge, was a member of the multi-disciplinary design group Amalgam between 1993-2003, collaborating with leading retail, exhibition, graphic and interior designers. Also during this period, Brian and Tony forged long-standing relationships with three clients: the Swedish firm Kinnarps (Europe’s second largest office furniture manufacturer), London-based graphics firm Praxis and Edinburgh-based building products manufacturer Grant Westfield. Working with these companies for well over a decade, we have developed a number of product ranges and systems that are both commercially successful (Series[T] is Kinnarps’ best selling table range) and award-winning (Praxis Mono banner system won an FX Award for best retail product and Grant Westfield’s Clipclad system received awards for innovation at the Shopfitting and Display Industries awards). In 2008 our Omega executive table system was awarded the Guild Mark for design excellence by the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers.

Philip Hall joined Brian and Tony in 2000, after 10 years as a design engineer in manufacturing industry and completing a product design Master’s degree at Central St.Martin’s. In 2003 Wills Watson+Associates was established as a separate studio and is now based in the Clerkenwell district of London, amongst perhaps the highest concentration of design professionals anywhere in the world.

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