Race Furniture joins the Ocee International family

Four Design’s parent company, Ocee International has announced the acquisition of iconic British manufacturer, Race Furniture.

Race, based in Gloucestershire England, has been at the forefront of the design and manufacture of seating for public spaces for over 70 years. Ernest Race was a key figure in early twentieth-century British design and the company still produce some of the most classic furniture of the post-war era, including the BA3 and the Antelope chairs.

Race is well known for its range of expertly crafted auditorium products and Eglin concourse furniture. Race collaborated with Henning Larsen Architects to create the auditorium seating for the Royal Copenhagen Opera House. In the UK, its clients include: The National Theatre, The Royal Opera House, Oxford and Cambridge Universities, Gatwick and Stansted airports and many of the major conference centres.  The product range encompasses standard, customised and bespoke products.

The acquisition quickly follows news of Ocee International’s listing in the British Sunday Times Virgin FastTrack 100 fastest growing privately owned UK companies.

Alistair Gough, CEO, of Ocee International commented, “A core aspect of the Ocee International strategy is to achieve significant growth through acquisitions that diversify the market sectors or geographical areas in which the company operates. The acquisition of Race Furniture is a fantastic opportunity to have such an iconic British brand as part of the Group and to enable Ocee International to establish a strong presence within the public seating sectors of auditorium and concourse furniture.”

The rich heritage of Ernest Race’s designs will add to the Group’s own contemporary British and Danish furniture portfolio. Race will benefit from an international presence and the investment Ocee International can offer to its highly acclaimed auditorium, concourse and classic Ernest Race furniture business.

We are very excited to welcome everyone at Race Furniture to the Ocee International family and we look forward to working together.