The Bombus story starts in 2003, when I découpaged vintage cowboys and Indian comic strips to a 1950s coffee table. I used it for a shop window display as a prop and it sold within hours. This technique was applied onto chairs and a range of home-ware products. Customers were keen to commission special pieces using their own choice of comics and vintage papers The light-bulb moment came when I stumbled across a box of old maps. The concept of applying maps to the products took my designs to a whole new world of eager customers. I now had a waiting list of people wanting their own choice of map location applied to the products. Nine years later we are now a team of 11 and work from a dedicated studio in a converted Oast house on a farm (in rural Kent). We have our own e-commerce site, www.bombus.co.uk and also sell into approximately 70 independent retailers across the UK.