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of Silverdale Road, Hayes, Middlesex. Telephone: Hayes 1931

1947 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Manufacturers of Dinner, Tea and Table Trolleys with Heat and alcohol Resisting Trays. Stainless Steel Top Kitchen, Restaurant or Canteen Tables. Executives Wood and Plastic Desk Blisterproof Top. Plastic Kitchen Storage Cupboards. (Earls Court, 1st Floor, Stand No. 784) [1]

c.1955 Frank Guille 611 room divider, for Kandya Ltd. Painted metal frame, agba wood, painted and veneered plywood, mahogany, glass and plastic laminate. [2]

1956 Kandya Kitchen. [3]

1959 Patent - Improvements in or relating to stacking chairs. [4]

1961 Patent - Improvements in or relating to cabinets. [5]

1968 Kandya Ltd formed a jointly owned company with D. Meredew Ltd. To be known as Kandya Meredew Ltd it was established to rationalise and increase both companies' export business. Kandya already exported 31 per cent of its furniture although Meredew had bigger resources. Kandya now used the large Meredew showroom in Ridgmount Place, which also housed the offices of the new company. Meredew's Planning Unit, also worked on export designs for the new company. As part of its concentration on exports, the new company specialised in furniture for hotels and oil companies. Kandya had considerable experience in package deals in these two areas, supplying diverse ranges of furniture on site: jobs included bedroom cabinet furniture for the Teheran Hilton, and all the furnishings for the Esso bachelor houses at Marsa Brega in Libya. [6]

1969 ? Acquired by D. Meredew

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Sources of Information

  1. 1947 British Industries Fair p152
  2. [1] Making the Modern World
  3. [2] Reference Library
  4. [3] Wikipatents
  5. [4] Wikipatents
  6. [5] vads: Design Journal 1968