Our Story

Thank you for visiting the home of Optimum International. Hopefully this section will give you a brief insight into our company’s history, direction and what we get passionate about. We have been designing, selling and distributing innovative furniture for over 20 years. Welcome to our story.

  • Founded in Yorkshire by John Stephen Ogden in 1996, Optimum International began designing, manufacturing and distributing beautiful AV and Hi-Fi furniture solutions. Optimum offered the very well established consumer electronics industry high-end, UK-manufactured bespoke options and the news spread fast.

  • Working together with his wife Sandie, Optimum’s brand soon became a market leader and started to attract outside interest. In 2008 a bond was formed with BDI; the premiere furniture supplier to the US AV industry. Optimum recognised the need to expand and this relationship was the perfect solution.

  • BDI soon found a home in the UK’s leading retailers and within a very short period of time was ranged by both John Lewis and Harrods. The brand has since successfully expanded into home office and occasional furniture, becoming the go to destination for intelligent high performance furniture in the UK.

  • Never a company to sit on its laurels, Optimum went searching for the next opportunity. Following the introduction of the curved television in 2013, John recognised an opportunity to work with the London-based designer Tom Schneider. Home Theatre By Tom Schneider was soon born and has already firmly established itself under the Optimum aegis.

Optimum recognises brand opportunities and has the contacts and experience to manage the UK’s premium routes to market.

We are always searching for our next adventure and are happy to talk to other aspiring brands who feel they could benefit from our wealth of experience.

Please contact us directly to find out more