We are honoured to be named again by Country & Town House to feature as a Great British Brands 2024. It is a true privilage to feature in such an esteemed publication, and we are thrilled to be able to share.
The 2024 release of Great British Brands explores the essence of humanity within this new AI era. Featuring insights from over 100 CEOs of remarkable British brands across various industries, who, have graciously shared their thoughts on the benefits and challenges that AI presents in todays world.
If you are interested to hear about the other incredible brands featured, and their thoughts, read here.
Before Davidson was founded, my parents were antiques dealers so I grew up with the smell of furniture polish. When the company began, we created high end reproduction furniture, which felt like a natural progression from antiques. As time evolved, we branched out into our own designs, making everything to order in the UK. In 2005 we opened our first showroom in Mayfair which is when the brand really took off. Then we spent 18 years at Design Centre Chelsea Harbour, designing two collections a year to coincide with Focus and London Design Week.
We have just moved to beautiful, larger showroom in Chelsea Reach. This allows us to display our extensive collection of products better, host more events and have greater collaboration among the team. After Covid, working from home became the norm and I think businesses are now questioning how to find a balance. It’s a lot harder to maintain a strong work culture when you’re not working collaboratively and it can slow progress down. One of the values within the business is connection – whether that’s with clients, team members or suppliers. Building connections and relationships can be hugely undervalued in business.
I think AI serves a huge purpose for neurodiversity – as someone who is dyslexic, I personally use it quite a lot. I write down my thoughts and it helps me articulate them in a better way. As a Managing Director running a business, if you want people to get behind you, it’s crucial to articulate things clearly. The furniture manufacturing itself is still a combination of machinery and handcrafted techniques. As the brand has grown, we’ve started working in larger workshops to keep up with demand, but even though the production is on a bigger scale, artisanal skills applied by hand are very important.’
Alexandra Davidson, Managing Director