About Us - John and Sylvia Reid
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    Over 50 years of furniture style

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Mid-century style is currently enjoying a huge renaissance, with the patterns, textiles, ceramics and furniture of the 1950s and 60s still feeling incredibly fresh, relevant and innovative.

Pioneering designers of the time, John and Sylvia Reid helped to define our understanding of modernity, shaping the way we live today. Modernist design brought open plan spaces, inside-outside living and accessible informality into our homes, along with highly crafted, stylish, ergonomic furniture.

John & Sylvia Reid

John & Sylvia Reid

John and Sylvia Reid's most enduring designs were those they created for Stag during their 10-year alliance with the British furniture manufacturer. Their initial range of bedroom furniture was selected for the Design Index by the Council of Industrial Design.

The Reid's first range of living and dining furniture, created in 1960, was the S-Range. It took its inspiration from the prevailing Scandinavian designers of the time and included low slung cabinets in teak with projecting ‘tab’ handles and V-shaped legs in nickel-plated stainless steel. This look and style has become one of the most enduring to come out of the era, with original pieces now being on-trend collectors’ items.

The S-Range was described as having, “simplicity of statement, and an intelligent approach to flexibility (making it) one of the outstanding furniture ranges of the year,” by Design magazine in 1960.

Sylvia Reid

Sylvia Reid 2018

John and Sylvia Reid met whilst studying at the Regent Street Polytechnic School of Architecture in London at the beginning of the Second World War. There they formed a relationship which was to sustain them through a fruitful and prolific design partnership until John's death in 1992.

Three Milan Triennale medals and four Design Council awards testify to the virtuosity and breadth of range of their architectural and industrial designs.

Sylvia, who is now in her 90s and lives in Cornwall, has endorsed the collaboration between Dominic and Nicholas. 

Dominic Reid

Dominic Reid 2018

Dominic Reid OBE RIBA studied architecture at Cambridge and the Bartlett School of University College London, before going into practice with his parents.

Having observed his father’s role as Pageantmaster of the City of London’s Lord Mayor’s Show for 20 years, Dominic was offered the job following his father's death in 1992. On accepting the role he subsequently established Reid & Reid, the Ceremonial and Events Consultants. The company has overseen many ambitious national and international shows, games, processions, celebrations and festivals, not least the Invictus Games, of which Dominic is the current CEO of the Foundation.

Nicholas Radford

Nicholas Radford

Nicholas Radford studied furniture production and management at High Wycombe before joining Stags’ management team.

He gained further experience in Northern Italy working for kitchen and bedroom manufacturer Patriarca before returning to Stag, and studying for an MBA at Henley Business School.

He was appointed managing director at Stag subsidiary Jaycee, and stayed at Stag until its eventual sale in 1992. In 1992 he started his own business becoming the largest importer of American furniture in the UK. He bought Nathan Furniture in 2004.