Acclaimed product designer Sebastian Conran recently installed a Centor E3 folding sliding system in his West London home, and is delighted with the results.
Sebastian Conran Associates is a London based design studio, specialising in consumer-led product design. The studio "collaborates with international clients to create charismatic products and user experiences that are contemporary, innovative and designed to please".
Sebastian has transformed his three-level, West London Victorian home into an open and light-filled space, with an open plan 1500 square ft ground floor.
Sebastian says the folding sliding doors allow him to run his ground floor, which is his favourite part of the house, straight out into the back garden.
The dining area opens out onto the back garden with folding doors designed by Sebastian Conran, using Centor E3 hardware.
"We are delighted with our folding doors and they have made a real difference to the space, especially in the summer when we can open into the garden which is on the same level as the interior - unusual in London," he says.
"On the few fine days we have in the UK, it's absolutely magical... The interior living space blends seamlessly with the outdoor space."
Sebastian says he did not realise just how good the folding doors would be at keeping the noise and cold out - important in London winters and living near a motorway.
Folding doors moved by Centor hardware have the unique ability to press the doors right up against their weather seals, providing excellent weather and sound resistance. Folding sliding doors can resist air infiltration up to 50 times better than sliding doors.
"I am really pleased with the doors, from both an aesthetic and functionality point of view. They have really exceeded my expectations... The quality of the hardware is top class... I think it works terrifically well... many friends have commented on how well the doors work."
Sebastian's doors were made by Arbor in Bristol - they were very helpful and did a really good job, and the doors were fitted without a glitch he says.
Throughout his varied and successful career, Sebastian has, amongst other things, given the Sex Pistols their first gig, designed record sleeves for the Clash, and gone on to head design at Mothercare. He has developed thousands of retail products including a large range with Nigella Lawson, a cook-shop collection for retailer John Lewis and taught at the Royal College of Art.