Product Design graduate Joe Parker wins prestigious Young Furniture Makers Award

Product Design graduate Joe Parker wins prestigious Young Furniture Makers Award

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Joe Parker with his winning design in our Maudslay workshop

BA Product Design graduate Joe Parker was awarded The Young Furniture Makers Innovation Award, for his Folding Chair at last month’s Young Furniture Makers exhibition. As part of his prize Joe will complete two weeks work experience at Knightsbridge Furniture in London.

The Young Furniture Makers exhibition was set up over 10 years ago for students to showcase their work, meet potential employers and to gain advice.

The event, held at the Dutch Church in London, is attended by GCSE and A Level students through to BA and MA graduates from around the UK.

The Innovation Award recognises students developing a design idea that could lead to an innovative product or service.

Joe designed a high-end compact chair for his final year #NTUDEGREESHOW project. The inspiration behind Joe’s design came from Danish furniture, in addition to, research which highlighted that homes in densely populated cities are becoming increasingly smaller, resulting in an increased demand for space conscious furniture solutions.

Joe explained: “I’m proud to have been presented with the Innovation Award from the Young Furniture Makers Exhibition for my folding chair concept. I really enjoyed chatting to delegates from industry and taking on board their advice. I’m also excited to start my placement at Knightsbridge Furniture where I can hopefully put what I’ve learnt during my degree into practice”.

Alex Crofts, Young Furniture Makers chairman, said: “The 2017 Young Furniture Makers exhibition was our biggest yet and proved to be a wonderful celebration showcasing the exceptional young design talent that we have in the UK. I want to say a big thank you to all of our sponsors that helped make the show possible and special thanks to Sebastian Conran for coming to present the awards.

Interested in studying BA (Hons) Furniture and Product Design or our BA (Hons) Product Design course? Book onto an Open Day to meet our students and staff, and find out more about life in the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment.

Product Design graduate Joe Parker wins prestigious Young Furniture Makers Award

Published on 13 November 2017
  • Subject area: Art and design
  • Category: Culture; School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment

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