NTU Furniture and Product Design students collaborate with Strate Design School in Paris

Earlier this year, 55 undergraduate and postgraduate Furniture and Product Design students and four academic staff from Nottingham Trent University (NTU) explored the historic sights of Paris during the international design fair Maison&Objet.

Furniture and Product Design students in Paris
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'Bend / Fold / Crese' workshop group in Paris

Earlier this year, 55 undergraduate and postgraduate Furniture and Product Design students and four academic staff from Nottingham Trent University (NTU) explored the historic sights of Paris during the international design fair Maison&Objet.

Their trip involved visits to famous landmarks, museums, galleries and shops, where they soaked up French culture, lifestyle, and contemporary trends in design.

A number of NTU and Strate product design students also had the opportunity to attend a two-day collaborative furniture design workshop.

The workshop, entitled ‘Bend / Fold / Crease’, was organised by Grant Baker, NTU’s MA Furniture and Product Design Course Leader. Students were challenged to work in pairs or groups of three to design a piece of contemporary lighting for the homeware market.

Year Two BA (Hons) Furniture and Product Design students, Boyi Zhou and Nicola Murphy, teamed up with Strate students Aude Watremez and Gwyndal Creau respectively to produce innovative lighting designs.

Boyi, an international student from China, shared with us her experience of Paris: “It was fantastic and so enjoyable. The Maison&Objet Exhibition was such a worthwhile experience; it helped me learn more about new materials and design trends in furniture, which will help me a lot in my final year.”

Nicola added: “Our design was created for people with small living spaces; I was inspired by our class trip to Maison&Objet, and over the two days, Gwyndal and I made many sketch models to portray the idea. It was a great opportunity working with someone I had never met before, and it was interesting to learn about how they worked, and to balance both our styles.

“I felt very honoured that our work was exhibited at Light Night, and as I am currently applying for a placement for next year; this has given me something different to talk about in my interviews.”

Boyi and Nicola’s creations were selected and exhibited at Light Night 2017, an exhibition celebrating lighting and furniture design by NTU students, staff, and alumni, Strate Design School, and The Carlton Academy, as part of the city-wide annual Light Night event.

Dr Rebecca Gamble, BA (Hons) Furniture and Product Design Course Leader commented: “Our collaboration with Strate Design School in Paris developed after we visited their exhibition last May, and it is something that they and we are keen to build upon.

"Cultural visits to European cities, and design fairs such as Maison&Objet, enable our students to gain insight into emerging design trends.”

NTU Furniture and Product Design students collaborate with Strate Design School in Paris

Published on 4 May 2017
  • Category: School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment

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