The two founders first met at university in England. The pair immediately became friends after both sharing a passion for furniture design. They shortly headed off on a fishing break to Oslo, which later became an annual tradition. During a trip in 2014, the duo decided they were fed up with sitting on bulky furniture which they didn’t love and decided to do something about it. They headed back to London where Century Modern was established. The pair have both gone on to be credited with the IDSA and become Red Dot award-winners. They still go on their (unsuccessful) fishing trip every year, talking non-stop about furniture.