We’re proud to be celebrating our 30th anniversary. Discover the history of ArtiCAD and how we’ve developed new tech innovations that embrace changes in the kbb industry over the past 3 decades
In the late 1980’s, Hull-based computer games entrepreneur, Richard Turner, expanded his business interests by opening a kitchen showroom in Hull. In partnership with a kbb industry specialist, Richard founded ‘International Kitchens’ and immersed himself in fully understanding the business and industry. Following research and a visit to a kitchen trade show at Alexandra Palace, it was clear that using software to present designs to clients would not only help boost sales but also minimise costly errors. However, the available software was very expensive and complex to use. Richard decided it would be a good idea to use his computer games development expertise to create a new kbb design package.
Richard pulled together the development team from the gaming company, employees from the showroom and a panel of designers from the kbb industry to craft a simple-to-use, yet feature rich and affordable solution that would help designers sell.
Turbo 1-2-3 was the first product for kitchen design and was written for ease-of-use, with others in the market appearing complex by comparison. The first prototype was written by Alistair Imrie who worked for Richard whilst still a student. Alistair still works as a senior developer for ArtiCAD today! Suddenly, kitchen design was revolutionised. Within 2 years, Richard, alongside his first salesman Alf Hayward (pictured in the article to the right) established a customer base of over 2000 users, and thus the journey began to getting ArtiCAD to where it is today.
One of the first Salesmen for Artic was industry legend, Cliff Hammond. Cliff began working with the company when he was just a teenager and was responsible for the revised name of the business – ‘ArtiCAD’. Over his career, Cliff worked for several leading companies such as Waterline, Omega and Manor Interiors before returning to ArtiCAD in 2015 as Sales Director.
In 2018, Cliff sadly passed away after a long and brave battle with cancer. The legacy he left behind was second-to-none, being described by former friends and colleagues as ‘a blueprint to which we can all aspire’. Cliff was awarded with The KBSA ‘salesperson of the year’ and truly was one of a kind.
“I can tell you stories from the ArtiCAD DOS days at the vanguard of CAD – back then it really did revolutionise the retailing of bathrooms. I call recall the wonderment of plotters & the astonishment on clients’ faces as I simply transformed my sketches into tangible drawings on screen. I do recall many all-night sessions to master the software, me being in my twenties and mobile phones being in their infancy. At the pinnacle of the new technology revolution, I sold 17 fitted bathrooms during one holiday weekend! All with drawings, all to scale from the leaders still, ArtiCAD”.
– Derek Duncan, Duncan Bathrooms – Aberdeen
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We're thrilled to have been shortlisted for Best Software/CAD brand. Our Head of Supplier Partnerships, Tobias Waltham and Head of Regional Sales, Neil Metcalf have also been nominated for Best Sales Representative.
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