Hot Lobster was established by husband and wife team, Paul and Lindsey Phillips, who collectively have over 50 years of experience in the furniture, interiors and project management arenas.
“We want to work with designers, specifiers, retailers and developers who share our vision of high quality, sustainable and innovative British furniture. We know that we can design and manufacture products of the highest quality right here in the UK, using traditional craftsmanship, modern technology and sourcing our raw materials in the UK to ensure our products are sustainable”.
“We are excited about the future of British furniture design and manufacture, and whilst we use many traditional manufacturing skills in our UK facility, we are embracing new materials, technologies and processes. We are looking both backwards and forwards to bring together the finest traditional skills and modern technology, to produce furniture that will last a lifetime”.
The Hot Lobster workshops are based in Leighton on the Powys / Shropshire border. The building itself is steeped in a rich history, Grade 1 listed, it was originally a groundbreaking industrial farm.
It pioneered some of the most innovative ideas of the time including the use of “indoor” animal husbandry and fodder storage with the barns linked by a broad gauge railway; the possible first industrial scale recycling of manure for use as fertiliser and the employment of water powered turbines for agricultural purposes. Its scale can be judged by the fact that well over £200,000 was spent between 1848 and 1856 on the latest in Victorian farming technology in a bid to reduce labour and increase efficiency.
The buildings have now come full circle as we too use pioneering design and manufacturing methods so that what was once a magnificent tribute to Victorian foresight remains an enormous inspiration for us as a business.
Lindsey qualified in the field of Management Science and worked in Project Management and Business Development for over 12 years. In 2005, she went to Doha in the Middle East where she was Development Manager for the establishment of a multimillion dollar Science and Technology Park for 5 years. Her roles included managing the fit out of a 45,000m2 Science Park itself; coordinating the design and fit out of the tenant facilities including major blue chip companies such as Shell, ExonMobil, Microsoft and Vodafone.
Prior to her move to the Middle East, Lindsey spent a number of years in the public sector in the UK, mainly in the fields of IT, innovation and business support, working largely with start up companies and small businesses. Following her return from the Middle East in 2010, Lindsey set up Hot Lobster with her husband Paul, and now manages the operational aspects of Hot Lobster Ltd.
Paul qualified in Furniture Production / Management and chair making, and has been in the furniture industry for over 30 years. His roles have included Production Manager in a large scale furniture manufacturing facility, Operations Manager for an international construction / interiors company and Company Director. Following 8 years running a successful furniture manufacturing company, Paul took an opportunity to gain experience in large-scale interior fit outs in commercial buildings, in Doha in the Middle East.
Following his return to the UK, he re-established a furniture manufacturing facility in his existing premises under the company brand, Hot Lobster Ltd, with his wife Lindsey. Paul concentrates largely on the management / development of the company's production team and facilities.
Following a BTec in 3D Design, Chelsea attended Nottingham Trent University undertaking a BA Hons in Furniture and Product Design. During her third year, Chelsea joined Hot Lobster for her placement and after her final year, in 2015, was invited back as Projects Manager. Chelseas role ensures the smooth running of each element of individual projects. Once ordered, Chelsea organises site visits, samples, drawings, sourcing external materials, delivery and installation. More recently Chelsea has become more involved in liaising directly with designers, making regular visits to their studios to discuss various aspects of the projects.
Steve has over 40 years of experience in the furniture making industry after first developing his passion at High Wycombe Furniture College. He honed his craft shop fitting and went on to run his own business making furniture for 30 years. He added teaching to his list of qualifications shortly before joining Hot Lobster as Production Manager. Steve oversees the production of the furniture from start to finish, from obtaining drawings through to overseeing final construction and quality control.