Now in its twentieth year, thextension was originally founded by Andrew Barron to specialise in all aspects of book design and production.
Andrew began his professional career with the Conran Design Group in the 1970s, working in the, then new, world of corporate design. Periods in publishing and the arts followed, along with a committment to design education at Maidstone (The Kent Institute).
In the 1990s, with partner Collis Clements, he founded the successful Cloth Hall Studio, and after ten years – when the partnership dissolved, he formed his own design studio to concentrate on publishing.
Today, the list of clients and projects reflects his diverse background and interests.
Over the last year he has worked for English Heritage on a gorgeous cookbook celebrating the YouTube sensation – Mrs Crocombe, who was head cook at Audley End in the 1880s (How to Cook the Victorian Way with Mrs Crocombe); completed a trio of elegant publications for the City of London based educational charity Sir John Cass’s Foundation, and produced a best selling cookbook for Sam Gates (The Batch Cook Book), published by Robinson.
Andrew now lives in a Regency dolls’ house in Hastings Old Town, within sight of the sea.