Tom Stepp had completed an impressive number of vocational training courses before graduating as an architect from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. As a carpenter, building technician and construction technician he had useful knowledge about the forces at work in a construction. His craftsman background has given him a pragmatic approach to furniture design. “Good design? Something it doesn’t hurt to sit on!” he smiles. Stepp’s ideas often come when he discovers a need in his own everyday life. He designed the Prime Time easy chair when his daughter was little. He needed a chair they could both sit in at the end of the day while she watched television and he took a ten-minute break. “Prime Time appeals because it so clearly signals its underlying idea, come and relax in me, it says. People get the message,” Stepp explains.