Lateral Design Studio is a family run company with more than 30 years of experience. It transforms functional construction products into works of art. Combining unique designs with cutting edge technology, the company uses only the best materials and works with quality-assured British manufacturers to deliver its unique products.
A global benchmark for technical and design excellence, Lateral Design Studio offers three brands, united by its one overarching vision: to challenge entrenched approaches to construction-utility, putting aesthetics at the heart of functionality.
The product range includes: designer drain gratings for internal and external applications, floor registers, recessed manhole covers, bi-fold door channel drains, fan plates, shower bases, sink strainers and much more. These are being used by homeowners and professionals alike including architects, designers and developers.
As well as offering a wide range of set designs, the Lateral team can tweak an existing pattern or commission a completely new one with its in-house design service, producing them in a choice of quality materials and beautiful finishes.
Lateral is more than just aesthetics; providing everything from straightforward product sales through to a full design and supply service. Offering all associated products including drainage channels, gullies and a range of accessories to enable project completion using just one supplier.
Since launching in 2011, Lateral Design Studio products have attracted critical acclaim; winning five awards including House Builder Best External Product of the Year 2016, and two Sustainable Building Awards in 2016 – European Product of the Year and the Best for Targeted Construction Products.
Lateral Design Studio has built up an impressive portfolio of projects to date, from providing replacement heating registers at Hampton Court Palace, cast iron channel drains, manholes and gully covers to Blackburn Cathedral, and most recently working for Grosvenor Estates in Belgravia. To take a look these transformational projects featuring Lateral’s products, please visit Our Projects.
John Harte founded Lateral designs after an illustrious career in the building industry. John has always had a passion for design and believes that many standard product finishes on drainage and other items undermine overall quality.
In his previous roles in construction, clients and the design team continually complained about the same poor quality of products between different areas of the build. Whilst fitting a luxury wet room in a house in St Johns Wood, London in 2007, he realised he only had the option of a mundane drainage solution in what was a hi-spec development, and decided to do something about it.
With this in mind John decided to make stylish and exquisite alternatives. Lateral Design Studio was born.
In 2011 John created Aquaduct – designing and manufacturing a range of designer interior products including floor registers, vent and drain covers. After extraordinary success, he developed and launched Aquascape, the company’s external range in March 2012. This expansion has continued with the launch of a new world-wide patent pending level access solution for doors, Aqualevel.