Meet the maker: Louis Ralli from Ralli Design
What’s your fondest memory from your time at UAL?
A second year trip to Milan; visiting all of the amazing factories and design studios was really inspiring.
How did your company come about?
We’re both fascinated by manufacturing methods and how everyday objects are made. We’re also interested in the solutions people come up with to make the most of their small living spaces – such as space-saving furniture. After I graduated from Central Saint Martins we decided to show a couple of our own furniture prototypes at the Milan Furniture Fair in the Salone Satellite. When Sophie graduated the following year, we took two products (Ralli Tea Set and Shuffle Tidy) from her degree show and put them into production. We then developed a series of ceramic products to create our first homeware collection.
Where is your most inspiring place in London?
Definitely the V&A in South Kensington.
What advice would you give current students hoping to start their own business?
Get advice from as many industry professionals as possible, it will surprise you how helpful people can be.
What’s next for your brand?
We are currently developing our next range of homeware.