History & Milestones
Since we founded Kaizen Furniture in 1995, we have enjoyed great success and reached an acclaimed level of expertise. Discover the people we had the pleasure of working with, our most prestigious projects and the milestones that helped shape us into the company we are today.
1995: From humble beginnings, to the highest ranks of furniture making – Antonius and Bill set up Kaizen furniture in their back room.
1998: Their first prestigious project is for London-based restaurateur Alan Yau, fitting out his office with bespoke furniture. This kicks off a long line of projects for Yau’s restaurants, including Hakkasan London, Busaba Eathai chain, YAUATCHA (all designed by Christian Liaigre), as well as Cha Cha Moon and Sake No Hana (designs by Kengo Kuma).
1998: Kaizen’s first major residential project: a Hampstead Heath home (with Todhunter Earl Interiors). Numerous projects for the design practice in affluent areas of London’s Belgravia, South Kensington, Bayswater and Kensington follow, as well as a country estate in North Hampshire.
2000: Further expansion. The Kaizen office moves to Payne Road Studios, London E3.
2000: Kaizen is appointed by Yoo Design Studio (established by Philippe Stark and John Hitchcox) to fit out a domestic residence in Maida Vale. More work follows in the UK and Copenhagen.
2002: Initial kitchen fitting for Weldon Walshe Architects in Belgravia, Caroline Terrace. Further work includes domestic projects in Eaton Square, Mayfair and Grosvenor Crescent.
2004: Kaizen’s offices moves to today’s location – Twelvetrees Business Park, London E3.
2004: First work for NH-Design (Nicky Haslam) on Eaton Close. This leads to further projects for Haslam including extensive work on grand house in Chelsea, Ingliston House and other prestigious addresses in London and Moscow.
2005: Extensive work on a home in Notting Hill for Powell-Tuck Associates.
2006: Lee Compton joins as Site Manager.
2008: Robert Webster joins as Workshop Manager.
2009: Major interior project with Alberto Pinto at Manresa Road.
2010: Workshop expansion to Kelvedon Hetch, near Brentwood Essex to cope with increasing demand.
2011: Stephanie Hope switched from being a Senior Draughtsperson to Estimating and Marketing Manager, after 6 years with Kaizen.
2011: First project for a large number of kitchens at Grosvenor Estates.
2012: Workshop facility expanded by 65%.
2010: Acquisition of Langzauner veneer press – ‘the best money can buy!’
2012: Royal project in Qatar with Timothy Hatton Architects.
2014: Introduction of 3D design software Solid Edge.
2014: Started a working relationship with Rolls Royce.
2015: John Polhill appointed Workshop Manager, Paulius Petrusevicius Site Manager and James Kirk Design Coordiantor.
2015: Workshop expansion to house new spraying facilities.