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Leisure Plan

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Leisure Plan (above) is based in a converted chapel in Stansted Mountfitchet, just four miles from Stansted Airport (and 35 minutes from London Liverpool Street). The showroom building, which dates back to 1836, contrasts with the most stunning pieces of 21st century outdoor furniture. Alongside the main sales office and cushion workshop, this is now the centre of a thriving business supplying uber stylish outdoor/indoor furniture and expert advice to architects, interior designers and specifiers.

Founded in the late 1980s by the entrepreneurial Chris McCormack, Leisure Plan quickly became a vital link in the marketing and distribution of high quality, individually designed furniture for the outdoor leisure and hospitality markets. Leisure Plan's philosophy from the outset was to specialise in original and inspiring design. Investment in large stockholdings enabled the company to offer a complete service to interior designers, architects and specifiers on products you just don't find in your local garden centre. This policy results in products from the Leisure Plan portfolio retaining an exclusive element - music to the ears of designers and specifiers wanting to offer their clients "something different". Leisure Plan is the exclusive UK distributor of the DEDON, Ego and Fischer Möbel brands, each one a winner of the prestigious Red Dot Award. Chris obviously has an eye for spotting distinctive design.

Not content with purely supplying these award winning brands, Chris concentrates on providing a level of service unrivalled by his competitors. From its own workshop, Leisure Plan offers fully bespoke cushions enabling designers to create their own upholstery specifications using either the vast range of stocked outdoor fabrics, or the increasingly popular COM service. All standard fabrics are treated to CRIB 5, the fire retardant rating, meeting the legislation standard for use in public environments. So if a designer wants to carry a design scheme following colour, pattern or texture through the interiors of a building and out into the exterior spaces, Leisure Plan should be their first stop.

The personalised delivery service extends way beyond mainland UK.

Leisure Plan frequently arranges shipping and door-to-door delivery to projects around the world, allowing architects and designers freedom to concentrate on their clients' needs, leaving the logistics to the Leisure Plan customer service team.

Dedon furniture is designed by international designers, produced to German manufacturing standards with each piece hand-woven in the traditional fashion by braiding artisans. Quality control at the Cebu, Philippines, based factory, which is wholly owned and managed by Dedon, ensures the highest quality, avoiding many problems associated with sub-contracted production. In this way, every piece of furniture embodies the combination of modern technology and century-old craftsmanship.

Much of the success of DEDON stems from its highly durable synthetic fibre manufactured at its headquarters in the north German town of Luneburg. Developed over 18 years ago, the unique DEDON fibre is considered the original in the industry; the "Made by DEDON" seal stands for the highest standards of quality and durability. The fibre is completely weatherproof, washable, easy to clean, and is not affected by salt water, sunlight, or high or low temperatures. And furthermore it's biodegradable.

For these reasons, Dedon is widely considered to be the market leader in the synthetic woven furniture market. Often imitated - but never matched! Dedon continues to introduce innovative and inspired ideas creating continued stimulation of the markets.

DEDON launched a special edition range of furniture called D.D.C (DEDON Dress Code) at its Zona Tortona showroom in Milan during Salone del Mobile this year. Inspired by the world of fashion, classic patterns have been woven into the very fabric of the Jean-Marie Massaud designed Slim Line range. Based on a traditional Scottish Tartan which has been used extensively by designers such as Vivien Westwood and Ralph Lauren, the Edinburgh collection brings Highland style right up to date. Again with an all over pattern, but this time in traditional black and white houndstooth, the Cambon collection provides timeless elegance for the discerning designer. Designs reminiscent of Scandinavian knitwear (Oslo Collection) and blue striped t-shirts from the French Riviera (Marseille) complete this new range of furniture.


The Ego brand was launched in 2002 by a consortium headed by Chris McCormack and including the renowned furniture designer Thomas Sauvage. The Ego brand, based at Belleville in the heart of the French Beaujolais country, has already established an enviable reputation for innovative, high quality design. A claim endorsed by the Tandem Sunlounger receiving the Red Dot "Best of the Best" award.

This young company now boasts a showroom in central Paris and continues to expand its worldwide distribution network.   

All of the uniquely profiled aluminium frames, in heat-hardened powder-coated finish, are available in 16 standard colour choices married with 16 colourways of high tensile polyester mesh. This creates a potential choice of 256 colour combinations available across all three collections: Premier, Tandem and KAMA. The newly installed sophisticated powder-coating plant also enables architects and designers to specify a bespoke frame colour from the huge RAL colour specifications.

The latest collection, KAMA, designed by Benjamin Ferriol is a range of contemporary and unique modular seating and adjustable tables. KAMA enables seats to be transformed into various combinations effortlessly, by reconfiguring the cushions; a simple but clever way of creating conviviality with minimum effort. From single footstools to oversized daybeds the flexible KAMA collection is ideal for any project - be it a small scale residential space or a high spec hotel design, providing the ultimate in flexibility, and with a three year manufacturer warranty covering both residential and commercial installations, KAMA can be specified with complete confidence of long and satisfied service.


Fischer Möbel Standing for innovation over monotony, quality over mass production and functionality over the simply useful, the Stuttgart-based Fischer Möbel has design integrity at the heart of its business.

Using only the highest grade of materials with frames in stainless steel or aluminium,  combining with glass, granite and ceramic table tops. Seating uses dimensionally stable tear-proof slings,  with technology from the automotive industry being used to create the subtle but stunning shapes found in the new Kyoto collection.

The Kyoto range, designed by Wolf-Udo Wagner, received an honourable mention in the Red Dot Awards in 2008 and is based on the Japanese art of origami. Inspired by natural shapes, the range mimics the forms of folded leaves to create an aesthetic and comfortable seat and back shell. Comprising arm and side chairs, ceramic top tables, foam sunbeds and footstools the Kyoto collection is as individual as it is durable. Leisure Plan offer all Fischer Möbel Design collections at its Stansted showroom.

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