We sat down with our Head of Design and Co-Director, Tom before this years 10th Clerkenwell Design Week, to find out a little more about the man behind the designs!
So Tom, the road to The Meeting Pod Co- tell us a bit about you
Back in 2014 I started working with a skilled cabinet maker, alongside playing part time football. The added income I was receiving from football, allowed me to learn the necessary skills, whilst not earning much at the beginning of my journey. From the outset I was hooked on engineering and design, with my passion coming from producing new products.
How did The Meeting Pod Co come around?
The Pod journey started after I approached our now MD Mike, offering him the chance for a bespoke design to solve the lack of meeting space at his current office, he runs a market research company alongside Pod. After the pod was installed, and the amazing feedback it received, Mike approached me with the opportunity to start up The Meeting Pod Company, creating products of the office market. Like any sane man, I agreed immediately, and things went from there.
Tell us a little about the journey so far
Hectic would be an understatement! In the beginning the passion for perfection was blurred with vast areas of failure in all departments, in house and external. However, now we’ve found stability, the fun and creativity has been totally reborn, and the dream is back, which is so fun to chase.
What does the future hold for The Meeting Pod Co, and what are you most looking forward to?
We’re looking to change the way people work! Collaboration is a word we hear thrown around, and we want to be making that a possibility throughout the workplace. The outdoor market has really taken off for us in the last few months, and there is chance to grow this even further- watch this space. The one thing I’m most looking forward to is the moment when we can manufacture anything! With that comes vast opportunities and multiple markets we haven’t explored yet.
3 random questions:
Go to film? Steve Jobs
Favourite snack? Crisps (any, I’m not fussy)
Top holiday destination? Skiing!
Thanks for taking the time to chat with us Tom. Good luck for CDW!
Be sure to catch Tom and the team at Clerkenwell Design Week 21st- 23rd May, in Project, the Garden of St James, stand PB2.