IN INDUSTRY LAST UPDATED : 06 MARCH 2018
Final year BA (Hons) Product and Furniture Design students recently exhibited and sold their work at Minima; one of Birmingham’s key contemporary design showrooms. The fifteen selected students work in the collection included table-top products, desk and pendant lighting designs, furniture and homewares.
The students’ final pieces were created in response to a brief that tasked them with designing and making a collection of innovative and desirable objects or artefacts that could be sold in either John Lewis, Made.com, Heal's, WallpaperSTORE, or Not On The High Street. The designed objects also needed to fit within the retailer’s ethos, beliefs, style and approach, and fulfil the necessary requirements to be sold within their retail spaces.
Located on George Street in the heart of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, Minima sells design-driven products, furniture and lighting. The impressive showroom features timeless design classics such as Charles & Ray Eames’ Lounge Chair, George Nelson’s Home Desk and Alvar Aalto’s Stool 60. As well as furniture, there is also a large range of smaller office products and home accessories, by the likes of iitallia, Hay and Alessi. Student work was displayed alongside Minima’s large range of classic designs and contemporary accessories.
Speaking afterwards, Level 6 Co-Ordinator and Lecturer Richard Unhill said: “As aspiring designers, our students aim to create objects which can be touched, lived with and worn. Being able to show their work within a collective of designers is a powerful experience; it’s a boost of energy to any designer to be celebrated and seen.”
You can read more about each of the students, their inspirations, and their highlight of the course here.