Litvinoff & Fawcett

Julian and Mel were freelance carpenters taking orders at Covent Garden's craft market at a time when affordable furniture was still being manufactured in London, and when you could still get things made for a reasonable price. Within a short time they acquired and restored a derelict listed building in Grays Inn Road and this became their showroom. It was too large at the time because they only made one bed - the still popular and practical 'Custom'.

To help pay the rent, Julian opened a Veggie café at the rear of the shop. It quickly became very popular and customers would frequently have to sit on the beds to eat at lunchtimes. The café continued to flourish for twelve years before reverting back to a bed shop for a further six. Camden Council, the landlords, have since allowed the building to fall into disrepair again.