After spending much of his 20’s as a musician Martin studied furniture design at the London College Of Furniture. On graduation in 1986 he set up the company which is today Ryan Furniture.
Combining visual economy with ease of manufacturing was the guiding principle of Ryan.
A deep knowledge of production and a natural feel for structure has informed his approach. An attractive form is only ever a starting point; his aim is always to make the appearance of a design, structural economy and production economy work well together, in order to achieve simplicity on every level, not only the visual.
After studying furniture design at Nottingham Trent University, Simon co-founded Unit Nine in 1990, designing and manufacturing contemporary furniture, lighting and accessory ranges for leading UK and international retailers, before being approached to join RYAN in 2000.
His considered approach to design unites an intuitive awareness of form, proportions, materials and construction with a comprehensive understanding of manufacturing, to create pragmatic, refined solutions.