Mark Lee was born in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire in 1963. Educated locally at Huddersfield School of Architecture, Mark quickly established his architectural credentials by winning his first major RIBA housing award in 1987 two years prior to formal qualification as an architect. Partnership at The Arthur Quarmby Partnership soon followed at the age of 27. Along with business partners Kevin Drayton and Stuart Beaumont, Mark has been instrumental in developing a small architectural practice into a multi disciplinary design agency which covers architecture, interior design, structures, project management and product design. The practice rebranded in 2001 becoming ONE17 Architects and Interior Designers.
Over the years Mark has developed a reputation for well considered and meticulously detailed residential designs. He takes great pleasure in creating spectacular spaces which seamlessly integrate the exterior, interior and product. Mark has won numerous design awards and continues to push himself creatively. He has travelled all over the world and is firmly of the belief that these experiences have been a major contributing factor in giving him the required ability to design at the very highest level. In Mark’s own words ‘you cannot design something at a level that you haven’t experienced because you do not know it exists’.
Designing first architecture, then interiors and now furniture has been a natural progression. This progression started with individual items for the award winning Round House through to large scale bespoke installations in the many one-off residential projects that have become Mark’s speciality. Many of these projects now include items of bespoke furniture elegantly integrated into the buildings’ interiors.
The new Dyehouse furniture collection takes Mark’s design philosophy and applies it rigorously to the full product range. Each design evolves from simple principles, using a material’s inherent qualities and features to characterise each and every item.