Robert Langford was co-founded in 2005 by Robert Knapp, who recognized that the design industry needed well put together, locally produced furniture at realistic prices that could be personalized to suit any project.
Langford is Robert’s second name, passed on in his late mother’s side of the family for generations. He felt that to use the name in this way would be a fitting tribute to her.
The first collection consisted of eight headboard designs. Robert worked out of the spare bedroom of his apartment in South London at the time, visiting designers and relentlessly building the brand for the first 18 months.
By the time the company moved to a small studio in Lots Road, London, the range had grown to include upholstered beds and upholstered end pieces.
Our customers started to ask for a wider selection of upholstered furniture and we began adding dining and occasional chairs to the collection in 2007.
Realizing that the company needed more space to display the growing product range, Robert took the plunge and moved the company to a 3000 square foot showroom located in the iconic Furniture Cave building on the corner of Kings and Lots road, London in April 2010. It was a tense time as the country was moving out of recession at the time.
The gamble paid off and we now offer over 100 products, employ more than10 staff and the bustling showroom is fast becoming a “must visit” destination for the discerning designer.
Looking to the future, Robert plans to establish partnerships with distributers worldwide.