Can you tell us a little more about your project?
The second generation of the BYS chair (Brace Yourself Number 2) is a more refined version of the original which, was created as part of a final year creative brief. It was created with John Lewis in mind, taking aspects of British humour and the design simplicity of Robin Day to create a product ideal for their store front.
Where did the inspiration for it come from?
The project began with the phrase “belt and braces” as a starting point, this developed into personifying the piece with a pair of colourful braces. The steel frame is inspired by Robin Day and a number of Scandinavian influences.
How important is being able to exhibit externally?
I had the opportunity last year to exhibit my work as part of the Young Furniture Makers Design Awards and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. It was a brilliant opportunity to promote myself and to meet fellow designers, because of this I would consider it to be very important for my career.
What has your highlight of the course been so far?
Definitely the study trips! I’ve been fortunate enough to go on three of them now, Barcelona, Berlin and Madrid and have enjoyed all of them.
Could you tell us a little more about your design interests?
My design interests are firmly rooted in fine furniture however, throughout my time at BCU I have found myself leaning towards more mass produced products seen in the BYS02 chair. I’m a big fan of the works of Hans Wegner and Scandinavian design.