Born in 1973, Russell Pinch grew up amongst the sawdust and shavings of his father's workshop. From an early age he knew he wanted to be involved with design and to understand the making process. After graduating from Ravensbourne College of Design, London, he worked as Sir Terence Conran’s design assistant. In 1995 he became a Senior Product Designer for the Conran Group working on diverse projects from the Concorde redesign to furniture, by way of watches and luggage ware. After 5 years with Conran, Russell co-founded The Nest, a multi-disciplinary brand design agency with clients including British Airways and Selfridges. In 2004 a return to furniture design beckoned and PINCH was born.
Also born in 1973, Oona started her furniture career aged 4 building secret dens behind the laurel bush at her granny's house, complete with discarded furniture and old lampshades hanging from branches. Upon graduation she began working in television production, working with a number of independent production companies across various documentary, entertainment and docu soap titles. She then went on to spend 6 years in the design industry working account side. Her final and certainly most luxurious posting pre-PINCH was her role as European Hotel reviewer for the luxury hotel guide book brand Mrs and Mrs Smith.