UNIVERSITY NEWS LAST UPDATED : 12 OCTOBER 2017
Last night saw the presentation of design awards at the 2017 Furniture Makers Exhibition at the Dutch Church in Austin Friars London. Over 100 of the finest young furniture designers and makers work from across the country was on show including selected work from BA (Hons) Product and Furniture Design current students and graduates.
The annual Young Furniture Makers exhibition is a forum for students from undergraduate to young professionals to show their work to top industry companies. Numerous awards and prizes are presented across the night and all students are welcome to join the Young Furniture Makers group – a free enterprise that gives students access to members, network and get involved in the events and seminars created especially for them.
Congratulations to third year student Scott Ridgway for his second prize award and commendation in the ‘Design’ category for his ‘Conversation chairs’. The chairs were designed and made to promote sustainability through emotional durability. Using Ash, Steel and 3D printed PLA components, the chairs can be sat in sideways so that the user is able to comfortably converse with the person sat in the adjacent chair.
Speaking afterwards, Scott said:
Other students chosen to exhibit included Amy Pendred with her unique ‘Diffusion’ copper lights and Sane Mafa with her ‘Erth collection’ furniture produced from cow manure.
The event was attended by potential employers and members of industry, with awards presented by Sebastian Conran, CEO of Conran Associates. The exhibition was organised by the Furniture Makers’ Company, the furnishing industry charity.