Haven Furniture – Mark Gabbertas For Allermuir

Mark Gabbertas, designer of Haven Furniture has a philosophy to create character through simplicity, giving a lasting design aesthetic. This approach has earned him numerous awards including a Red Dot and a Design Guild Award for this range from Allermuir.

Yorkshire born Mark Gabbertas graduated from Durham University with a degree in Political Philosophy. After eight years as an account manager at the advertising agency Saatchi and Saatchi Mark was ready for a change.

In 1990 he left advertising to follow his passion and trained as a cabinet maker. After only two years training, Mark, set up on his own company and was commissioned to design the furniture for the Atelier restaurant in Soho, which won the FX Furniture in Practice award in 1995.

In 2002 Mark established the Gabbertas Studio in West London.  The Gabbertas Studio recognises that the pursuit of simplicity can be challenging and often belies the complexity of the engineering and manufacturing techniques needed to achieve it.  It has been recognised for its rigorous pursuit of design which has both elegance and a lasting aesthetic.

Now Furniture is proud to be the exclusive distributor of this range in South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa. 

Designs for Allermuir



HAVEN by Mark Gabbertas for Allermuir

Haven furniture redefines the modular upholstery system with sofas, stools, tables and screens. The high back of the sofa provides excellent personal privacy (a haven) within a busy world. A place for personal contemplation or interaction amongst a team. The supporting elements give you a complete working solution.

HAVEN by Mark Gabbertas for Allermuir 


Haven Bench is a contemporary and comfortable modular seating system with wide ranging functionality and appeal. The system works on three levels:

Combinations create waiting, informal working or relaxing environments

Space definition

Its clear synergy to the rest of the Haven system provide a multitude of possible applications.

HAVEN Bench by Mark Gabbertas for Allermuir
HAVEN Bench by Mark Gabbertas for Allermuir


TOMMO by Mark Gabbertas for Allermuir

To complement the lounge seating, the Tommo range also includes chair and high stool. The Tommo chair has a tapering seat pad and sloping arms, whilst the high stool offers more than just a perch. All of the products in the range offer a high level of comfort, further enhanced by a concealed flexible backrest. Tommo is perfect for a wide variety of applications and can be specified with a broad selection of tables.

TOMMO by Mark Gabbertas for Allermuir

TOMMO Barstool by Mark Gabbertas for Allermuir
TOMMO Barstool by Mark Gabbertas for Allermuir

Mark Gabbertas in his own words:

– 3 min video