What we do
Furnish.co.uk takes the hard work out of shopping for your home by bringing you the best and most stylish furnishings direct from the designers and boutique sellers.
Why we're different
Furnish.co.uk is different from other home interiors websites. We're an award-winning hybrid retailer and marketplace, and we're selective with the products and sellers we list. Every single product you'll find on Furnish.co.uk is hand-picked by us based on a simple criteria: We think you'll love them. We're a tat-free zone. We focus on quality, not volume and list only sellers you'll immediately fall in love with, whether they're from off or on the high street. And, even then, we'll show only products of theirs that we think you'll like. We'll include selected products from some of the big names too if we think you'll like them. Which means that everything on Furnish.co.uk is someone's perfect find because we've done the hard work for you.
And we're big supporters of great design and independent designers, so we hope that by using us to find stores and designers to furnish your home, you'll be shopping from the good guys.
Why we're doing it
With so many shops, websites, brochures and magazines to trawl, it can be painful finding the perfect things for your home. It's difficult to tell the good from the bad, or pick up the really great finds when everyone seems to be promoting the same stuff from the same stores as everyone else.
Who we are
The management team are:
Simon Hill, Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Simon is a specialist in web sociology, user behaviour and interaction design, with a passionate interest in high-end interior design. The concept of furnish.co.uk was conceived by his wife Lisa back in 2005, after they had spent a frustrating three years trying to source great products for their newly renovated home.
When Simon is not working, he can be found spending time with his wife and son, listening to Rufus Wainwright, eating marmite and sleeping.
Alan Bradburne, Chief Technical Officer
Alan is a respected expert in Ruby on Rails, the platform behind furnish.co.uk. He's worked and consulted for numerous large and small corporates and is author of the book 'Practical Rails Social Networking Sites' published by Apress.
When Alan is not working he enjoys travelling with his wife in search of great food, the occasional video game, growing vegetables at his allotment and twittering.
Lisa Hill, Features Editor
Lisa loves elegant, minimalist interiors, but cannot resist a little bit of glitz and glamour. She also enjoys finding fun and funky items for her 9 year old’s bedroom.
Paul Birch, Advisor
Paul is a serial internet entrepreneur. He is co-founder of Bebo (sold to AOL for $850M), co-founder of Birthday Alarms (a social network with 50 million subscribers) and is involved with several other successful internet ventures.
Brendan McLoughlin, Advisor
Brendan is Managing Director of Fubra, a network of over 100 web sites with 250,000 UK visitors per day and 2.4 million subscribers.
Brendan started his career memorising all the barcodes in the Tesco meat department; shelf stacking was too boring. He loves skiing, analysing data and worrying about the economy. Read his blog here.
Paul Maunders, Advisor
Paul is Operations Director of Fubra, and works with Brendan.
Obsessed with gadgets, he is a self-confessed web geek who loves to rollerblade in the summer and snowboard when it's cold. Read his blog here.