The Indonesian riots of the late 1990s upset the local economy and convinced Jakarta-based stockbroker Alex Cresswell-Turner that he would be better off selling the country’s hand-made furniture in Britain. Lombok, the chain he co-founded with Sarah Morison in 1998, continues to source its colonial-style wooden furniture direct from manufacturers in countries such as Vietnam, South Africa, India and China. These are sold alongside a range of accessories, such as cushions and table linen. The use of reclaimed wood gives the furniture its distinctive character and texture. Lombok now has 10 stores in the London area. Its sales have grown 85% a year from £562,000 in 2000 to £3.6m in 2003.
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