Gaining ‘approved fabricator’ status from Perspex Distribution Limited (PDL) is a mark of quality craftsmanship, experience and dependability. Clients using Perspex® acrylic see their ideas transformed into reality by approved fabricators who, in many cases, enjoy a relationship with the material going back many years.

At Lucite International, we really value the relationships approved fabricators have with our Perspex® acrylic and love to hear from them about their businesses, customers and projects.

We spoke to Talbot Designs, based in London, UK about their work.

Talbot Designs’ work with Perspex® acrylic took centre stage on Norwegian DJ Kygo’s world tour.

 

Tell us a bit about your company’s history – how long have you been trading and what made you decide to form?

TD: We have been trading since 1947. Our founding director was an engineer and innovator who enjoyed working with Perspex® acrylic. We are one of the oldest users of Perspex® acrylic in the UK. Talbot Designs produces bespoke acrylic fabrications and, even after 70 years, we are still 100% obsessed with producing amazing things. Nothing gives us greater pleasure than following a project through to the end and seeing the finished creation leave the factory.

How many people work within your business?

TD: We currently employ 24 people including admin, managers and production staff. We benefit from over 250 years of cumulative knowledge.

How would you describe your company’s ethos?

TD: Only limited by imagination.

This means we want to be the best at what we do every day. To be able to honestly say that we did the best we could, regardless of the outcome. We always remember that we are here only because our clients allow us to be. If we forget that important fact, we might as well pack up and go home.

What sets you apart from your competitors/makes you unique?

TD: What sets us apart is our willingness to try new ideas, to take on difficult projects with tight lead times and work with the client to achieve what they require. We are well known for “thinking outside the box” and developing new techniques or tooling to ensure we deliver what we have promised.

What types of customer do you supply?

TD: We supply all kinds of industries. This includes retail, exhibition, aviation, public utilities, shop fitting, signage, lighting, stage, television and film.

What’s your favourite kind of customer?

TD: We love all types of customers! Some are very exacting, whilst some give us more scope. They all know what they want. Some are vague in how they want it achieved but this allows for us to be creative and tailor the job to suit our existing methods. Some are almost maniacally precise but this means we have a clear understanding of what they want right from the off.

What do you like about working with Perspex® acrylic – which of its qualities make it stand out?

TD: It’s a high quality material that allows repeatability. Once you have worked out how to make an item, the method works for the whole project without us worrying about differences in properties between batches. We like the support we receive from PDL and the fact that Perspex® acrylic is a brand with British origins carrying a world renowned reputation.

Tell us about a favourite project that you’ve been involved with using Perspex® acrylic?

TD: Our favourite project to-date was the Perspex® Clear piano we made for musician Kygo’s recent world tour (see image above). This showed the clarity of Perspex® acrylic at its best and the material made it easier to manage the whole project at the high level of quality expected.

How do you see the future use of Perspex® acrylic evolving and what’s your thinking behind this?

TD: I see Perspex® acrylic continuing to be specified by architects and designers alike as it’s the ideal alternative to glass. Unless they invent a clear metal, we can’t see it being replaced any time soon! Perspex® acrylic will always be specified by the signage industry as its wide range of colours allows designers to be bold and inventive in the creation of new and exciting signs. Also, in an ideal world, an acrylic that meets Class 1 standard of fire retardancy would open up a wealth of new possibilities.