Monty Ravenscroft is an entrepreneurial architectural designer. Over the years he has always been looking at ways to bring the dreams of his clients to reality. The dreams are always unusual and difficult to achieve.
He had his own dream, to live in London, but couldn’t afford the sort of house he wanted. So, he bought a tiny plot of land and designed his own remarkable home. To maximise the use of every square inch he created all sorts of elements of the building to move. The space is therefore both easier to use and more versatile, allowing for multiple uses of the same space.
This design ambition coincided with looking for a way to create a discreet toilet solution for the bedridden state of his father’s final years. The first iterations of Hidealoo were developed for his own use, but on seeing how Hidealoo transformed these spaces he set about designing for the mass market. He teamed up with the design guru Sebastian Conran to finalise designs for large-scale manufacture and the latest edition of the Hidealoo was created.
Recently the British Design Fund invested in the business, to help drive our development to the next stage. BDF invests in purpose-led British-made products.
Monty is a world-leading designer of moving architecture, specialising in developing and installing elements of buildings that move.
Monty has installed all manner of amazing bespoke elements; moving walls, roofs, stairs and even the largest single pane of glass installed in Europe that acts as an outside wall and disappears into the ground to give access to a garden.
Monty created one of London’s iconic houses, Peckham House, as featured on Channel 4’s Grand Designs. He designed and built a new home on a tiny plot of land, to great acclaim. London’s annual Open House Festival named it as ‘one of London’s most remarkable homes’. The house has a number of moving elements to optimise the use of space and here is Kevin McCloud’s introduction to Peckham House.
Sebastian is world-renowned designer who advocates using design process and creative thinking to resolve innovation challenges. With over 40 years in industrial design, he has won multiple international awards. Sebastian has several academic Fellowships as well as being a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the Chartered Society of Designers. He is also Chair of The Conran Foundation, a charity to advance the education of industrial manufacturing art and design and builds on the legacy of the Conran dynasty.
Monty teamed up with Sebastian to bring Hidealoo to life.
Hidealoo’s aim is to give people the ability to use small spaces more innovatively and efficiently. Not only does Hidealoo free up valuable space to allow easier use of a room, it creates versatile, multi-functional spaces meaning that space is optimised and value increased.
Through the clever use of space Hidealoo wants to make homes easier to use and live in.
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