Faber Design & Architecture (or Faber for short) was established in 2003 by designers Tony Matters and Rosemarie Fitton. Initially working from a converted 1920’s knitwear factory in Leicester, and going by the name Heterarchy, they steadily built a reputation as leading designers of hospitality, retail and workplace interiors.
In 2013 they opened a studio in Birmingham, placing themselves at the centre of what is currently the fastest growing economy in the UK outside of London. This has seen them working on numerous flagship projects in the city and develop relationships within key industries in the wider region.
2016 sees further growth, with the opening of their first studio in Central London.
Faber- The culture of craft
Faber (Latin genitive Fabri): craftsman, maker, creator
There has always been an intrinsic belief in the craft of design, the notion that in the end an idea is only ever as good as it’s execution. Having roots in the Midlands is central to this ethos, being surrounded by artisans, makers and manufacturers, who we work with to create truly bespoke interiors for our clients.
The extension of this thinking is ‘the craftsman’s mindset’ – the continuous pursuit of excellence in everything we do, the willingness to take responsibility for a project in it’s entirety, from initial concept through to practical completion.
This is the essence of the Faber approach – to carve our own path, to lead our clients through the complexity of a project to an outcome that delivers exactly what they need.
A graduate of Ravensbourne, following which Tony worked for Paul Atkinson of Atkinson Design Associates. During his time at ADA Tony gained a wealth of experience working for clients including Jones Lang Lasalle, Caterpillar and Hov+Dokka. Early career successes included running the Boots account, which at that time was the single largest account within the practice. Tony’s retail design work for Boots won numerous awards and established him as true innovator in designing retail experiences.
Tony has been instrumental in spearheading the companies growth, from setting up an in-house workshop to building relationships with key commercial clients. Tony is involved in the day to day management of the studios and has his hand in every project.
Also a graduate of Ravensbourne, following which Rosemarie established her own client base which included commercial property developers, retailers and private clients. Throughout her early career her intrinsic sense of style and creative vision helped to build the foundation onto which the Faber ethos could be built.
As a director of Faber, Rosemarie has been instrumental in pushing the practice into new sectors. A particular interest is the design of spiritual and religious spaces, culminating in the design for the UK’s second largest Hindu Temple for BAPS, in a ground breaking contemporary style. Alongside her continued involvement in the growth of Faber, Rosemarie is also teaching the next generation of designers at De Montfort University.