Tom Lawton

Designer & Inventor

Tom’s Fantastic Floating Home

Ship shape.

Neccessity. The mother of invention


In 2013 Channel 4 commissioned me (and my then five year old son Barney) to turn a decrepit forty year old pilot boat in to a Fantastic Floating Home full of practical and imaginative creations for a prime time TV series of the same name.



A stream of original innovations featured through 3 x 60 minute shows including the solar jellyfish, grow-and-go aquaponic garden, pop-up table and chairs, the all-seeing-eye, golden armadillo roof, indoor/outdoor BBQ, beer cannon and my favourite — the hero seat!



Tom’s Fantastic Floating Home was made by TwentyTwenty for Channel 4 and was also shown on Australian TV Network Fox.