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 incredible work our approved fabricators do using our Perspex® acrylic and love to hear from them about how it helps them to build their own businesses while delighting their customers through the projects they work on together.

We spoke to London-based Zone Creations about their work.

 

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

ZC: Zone Creations is a bespoke fabricator founded in 1999. Our factory and workshop in London are home to 50 makers who design and manufacture products from light switches to furniture, one-off pieces for contemporary artists to point of sale material for luxury brands.

We specialise in acrylic, resin, plywood, wood and MDF, and use hand tools as well as state-of-the-art machinery. In 2012, we were awarded a Royal Warrant to Her Majesty the Queen for the manufacture of bespoke acrylic furniture.

How many people work within your business?

ZC: We have 45 full-time employees and then use freelancers when required on larger projects.

How would you describe your company’s ethos?

ZC: We have four key values with our culture being linked to each one:

Bespoke

– We are design-led with a socially responsible focus; we innovate for unique bespoke solutions, and create with a focus on quality.

Teamwork

– We actively contribute and share responsibility for results; we respect the opinions of each other and listen attentively; and we ask for input/feedback from team members.

Customer

– We put the customer at the heart of what we do; we project manage in collaboration with the customer, and are socially responsible in how we trade.

Excellence

– We invest in our people and technology; we pride ourselves on the quality of our work, and strive to deliver excellent service.

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

ZC: We have a very diverse range of skillsets within the business, ranging from engineers and acrylic specialists to leather workers and cabinet makers. We have a large knowledge of combining materials to great effect.  We offer a highly technical approach to many projects with the focus always being on premium/luxury outcomes.

What types of customer do you supply?

ZC: Our client base is extremely varied, from high net worth individuals through to large multinationals. Most of our clients are located within the luxury sector.

What’s your favourite kind of customer?

ZC: We love the interesting/challenging projects that allow us to push boundaries in what we are doing. We need the clients to engage with this process and understand that the answer is not always easily found, but can take time and investment.

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

ZC: Perspex® acrylic is an amazing material to work with and has allowed us to gain the reputation and status we have within the world of fabrication. The applications and possibilities are endless and it can be particularly impressive when combined with other substrates.

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

ZC: A recent project we produced for designer Francesco Draisci showed Perspex® acrylic at its best. The effect of light passing through this sculpture was amazing and creates a superb feature piece for its location at Oundle School, one of the UK’s top public schools in Northamptonshire.

Zone Creations’ STEM Sculpture for DRAISCI Studio, at Oundle School, Northamptonshire, UK. Credit: Will Scott

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

ZC: I am expecting to see improvements in the sustainability process of acrylics and expect Perspex® acrylic will be leading the pack with this.  More and more clients are concerned about the use of plastics and there needs to be an effort to promote its recyclability and use in non-disposable applications.