Telegraph Magazine - Fonteyn Dressing Table

Design notebook - David Nichols
Direct Action is an online furniture retailer with an innovative way of keeping prices down. Customers' orders are placed directly with the factories, most of which are in the Far East. When a container's worth has been ordered, the pieces are made and shipped. The process can take up to eight weeks but, by cutting middlemen such as distributors out of the process, the result is a far less expensive item, like this Fonteyn dressing table in walnut by Steuart Padwick, £349 (

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