|FAE: What have been the most satisfying projects you have worked on among outdoor and indoor seating?
Mark Gabbertas: The most rewarding projects have been those where the design has been both successful and stood the test of time. As a Studio, we are motivated by trying to find solutions that have both a functional integrity and an enduring aesthetic; it is easy to shock, but much more difficult to please. The modular Cloud seating programme launched in 2010, again for Gloster, represented a step change in the market, as it both was the most comprehensive and flexible outdoor range in production, and also incorporated innovative material and manufacturing techniques to make it totally weatherproof. It has gone on to become perhaps the most successful outdoor seating range ever launched and continues to set the standard for the category. Similarly, the Haven programme for Allermuir launched in 2010 incorporated seating, tables and screening into a multipurpose and highly flexible range that allowed for and facilitated new ways of working and interacting. It was ahead of its time and still has significant commercial application.