A design engineer and TV presenter, expert in creating space-saving architectural improvements for the house, is feeling flush after securing monetary backing for his newest invention – a body that enables bathrooms to be folded away in a cabinet when not in use.
The patented Hidealoo body is designed to help owners and property builders to maximise the house they’ve out there, together with inside utility rooms, moist rooms and even wardrobes. It’s manufactured in Britain and works with any customary wall hung ceramic pan and cistern.
It was invented by engineer Monty Ravenscroft, who has spent the final 25 years pioneering designs for progressive transferring parts in structure. This contains constructing a 3-bedroom residence on a small plot in southeast London, which was featured on Channel 4’s Grand Designs programme. With little or no house to play with, Monty wanted to get artistic with a variety of space-saving innovations.
Monty went on to seem as co-host of Channel 4’s ‘Inside Out Houses’ which centered on creating a brand new invention to unravel an issue confronted by a house owner in every episode.
Impressed by these experiences and searching for an answer for his invalid father who wanted the comfort of toilet amenities in his bed room, but in a discreet means that preserved his dignity, Monty developed the thought of a fold-away rest room.
Recognizing the broader potential for the body, he has labored intently with award-winning worldwide designer, Sebastian Conran, to good its design. A £160k fairness funding, achieved in a funding spherical led by British Design Fund, will now be used to focus on development in each native and worldwide markets.
Monty explains: “I’ve all the time been captivated with fixing issues and engineering options for the house. Whereas the thought for the Hidealoo was pushed by my father’s unwell well being and the necessity to get intelligent with small residing areas, it has many different potential purposes. The body itself has been engineered to be extremely sturdy and is able to taking nicely over 3 times regular human weight. It’s additionally made to final greater than a lifetime having been examined over 250,000 occasions.”
He added: “We’re delighted to have the backing of the British Design Fund who recognise the expansion potential of our product and be a part of us at a vital time, as we glance to take the Hidealoo to market within the UK and past.”
Damon Bonser, CEO, British Design Fund, mentioned: “The funding committee was actually impressed by Hidealoo and the group behind its design. As champions of British design and engineering, we look ahead to working intently with the group as they commercialise the product and model within the coming 12 months.”
British Design Fund works with formidable British product start-ups who’re able to scale-up and construct thriving stand-out companies. Alongside capital funding, BDF offers skilled mentoring to help such corporations to speed up their development plans. Hidealoo is the twenty second enterprise to obtain funding from the fund because it was launched in 2018.
The fifth British Design Fund is now open to buyers and will likely be closing on the finish of March 2023, to study extra click on right here; www.britishdesignfund.co.uk/make investments/.