Textiles and Furniture Design students collaborate on industry project

Year 2 students from NTU's BA (Hons) Textile Design and BA (Hons) Furniture and Product Design courses recently collaborated on a live industry project set by Arlo & Jacob - a brand new furniture company which launched in March 2015.

Textile and Furniture Design students with some of their winning project work
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Textile and Furniture Design students with some of their winning project work

Year Two students from NTU's BA (Hons) Textile Design and BA (Hons) Furniture and Product Design courses recently collaborated on a live industry project set by Arlo & Jacob - a brand new furniture company which launched in March 2015.

The brief, set by Arlo & Jacob, looked to the students to create designs that would direct and inform the new brand going forward.

The students were asked to work in multidisciplinary teams to create an interesting and innovative collection of upholstery fabrics containing 8-12 designs suitable for covering furniture from the Arlo & Jacob collection, suitable for launch in Autumn / Winter 2015.

Market levels, price points, furniture and fabric competitors were key areas which the students needed to consider when creating their designs. The furniture students provided products on which the fabric designs could be visualised.

The student teams presented a collection of designs in three to four colour ways, as well as three to four designs from each individual team member exploring the use of visualisations on various products giving a feel for how each design would work in terms of scale and repeat.

After a morning of team presentations, the judging panel, which included Arlo & Jacob's Managing Director, Nicholas Wasey, provided feedback to each of the five student groups concluding: "It's been interesting and great to see how the students have interpreted the Arlo & Jacob brand, which has been 12 months in the making. All the students picked up on our key values of sustainability, longevity, value and quality."

Senior lecturer in Textile Design, Vajira Peiris said: "There was a very high level of professionalism from the students – they have all really stepped up."

The winning team was Georgia Nichols (Embroidery), Nikkita Palmer (Print), Millicent Grant (Weave – an exchange student from RMIT University, Australia) and Kathryn Bell (Weave) who had considered the urban consumer and taken elements of their environment into the designs. As the winning team, the students have been awarded a visit to the Factory.

Sarah Burney (Weave), Victoria Knew (Print) and Abigail White (Embroidery) were also highly commended for completing the brief and producing a coherent and comprehensive collection. Victoria said: "Working with my fellow team mates, Abbie and Sarah, was so much fun! We loved creating an interior collection we were really proud of."

Individual students were also highlighted including Nikita Palmer who was named runner-up, and Victoria Knew who was awarded overall individual winner of a two week placement at Arlo & Jacob, where she will be introduced to the whole process of design and production, all the way through to the selling of the end product.

Victoria said: "Working on the project was a really inspiring experience. It was great to be able to design for a market (printed textiles for interiors) which I'm interested in going into after graduation. This excited and motivated me to try and do as well as possible.

"It was also brilliant being able to talk to designers within the company as it gave a greater insight into the design industry and what could happen after university.

"Winning the competition and the placement was the perfect way to end the project. It made me realise that I was capable of going into the interior design world and definitely made me more confident in myself and my designs."

Textiles and Furniture Design students collaborate on industry project

Published on 1 April 2015
  • Category: School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment; School of Art & Design

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