What we do

WE COLLABORATE: as a team of engineers, designers, prototypers and seamstresses, we value close collaboration with clients and external subject-matter experts. We pride ourselves on asking questions, and regularly host creative sessions with our clients to fully understand their vision, help drive new design ideas and provide fresh direction.

WE’RE STRATEGIC: We conduct intelligent research into products, processes and materials to deconstruct and simplify ideas into solutions that work. While no two projects are the same, our design process remains consistent: we listen, research, create, test, and deliver.

WE’RE TECHNICAL: Our knowledge of conventional and technical materials is broad and always expanding, enabling us to offer expert guidance on materials’ capabilities, benefits and limits. As a technically-minded group of people our practical dexterity shines through in our detailed prototypes and finished products.

WE’RE USER LED: There’s no point creating a beautiful product if it doesn’t have function, and the use-experience is key in evaluating the strength of a product. Our user-led approach to design enables us to construct products that solve problems and create an impact for their users.

Industrial Design

We work closely with our clients to realise their aims. Some know exactly what they want their product to be like, and others come to us with a problem to solve. Collaborative sessions are a great way to find solutions, generate ideas and drive innovation: Concept generation creative sessions Workshops with clients and expert teams. Read More

Mechanical Engineering

We develop and incorporate mechanical and functional features such as mechanisms and moulded fixtures into products we design, and can develop moulded components, mechanisms and internal structural elements.

Thread Materials Library

Materials and Sourcing

We source materials, fixtures and fittings from a wide range of suppliers, from local retailers to global manufacturers. Our materials library is continually growing and contains materials from cotton canvas to highly technical textiles. We are continually looking for new fabrics to fulfil our clients’ needs.

Prototyping and batch production


Making is at the heart of all projects at Thread. We prototype to explore, develop, test, communicate and sell ideas, concepts and products. This is important with all design projects, and is especially important with textiles. Read More

Visual Samples

We produce beautifully finished prototypes of concepts for our clients to use in many different ways; we work hard to create prototypes that work right and look great. These prototypes can be used for user research, to sell a concept to investors and stakeholders or for board level approval of projects… Read More

Pilot Line

Pilot production at Thread Design has been instrumental in verification and user testing our medical and consumer clients’ concepts and products.

We build prototypes and products we have designed in the 10s to 100s to be used in Research and Development of products, user trials, medical device validation and verification trials, clinical trials

Medical pilot production – Quality and record keeping is of paramount importance. We generate and maintain documentation for all aspects of quality of the finished articles, including goods-in, assembly, training, final inspection, traceability and delivery in line with our clients’ medical regulatory teams’ requirements.

Manufacture Support

Manufacture lead times often get extended by toing and froing with the factory. This is why we take an engineering approach to technical packs. Patterns, samples and detailed specifications eliminate ambiguity in the handover from designer to manufacturer, minimising errors that can arise through misinterpretation. Read More