The Small Space Furniture Awards 2019

Designs on the future

This summer, aspiring furniture designers from colleges and universities across the UK will get the chance to turn one of their own designs into commercial production with a major High Street retailer. Not only this, but they will get full commercial royalties.

The Small Space Furniture Awards 2019 is the inspirational initiative of small space expert the Futon Company, which, founded in 1980, now has 20 stores on British High Streets. It will support the next generation of British furniture designers.

Futon Company Pavlou Desk Designed by Michael Pavlou

Futon Company Pavlou Desk Designed by Michael Pavlou

Futon Company GG Occasional Table Designed by Coucou Manou

Futon Company GG Occasional Table Designed by Coucou Manou

“The UK has an outstanding pool of furniture design talent and it’s important that established companies invest and ultimately benefit from that by helping emerging designers get their ideas to market. This is especially important in light of the Brexit vote! Now, more than ever, we need to nurture as well as fly the flag for British design talent.” Says company founder/director Robert Pearce

The competition is now open and the closing date is 30th September 2018.

Entries will be judged by an illustrious and high-profile panel of multi-award-winning experts which includes:

The Small Space Furniture Awards 2019

Barbara Chandler is consultant for this project. Barbara is an exhibiting photographer and a widely respected and well-known design journalist, with over 35 years of experience in specialist writing and editing. She has won several awards (including a recent Lifetime Achievement Award from Homes & Gardens magazine) and written many books, contributing to a variety of leading publications. Currently she is chief design writer for Homes & Property at the London Evening Standard. She has been a furniture Design Guild Mark judge for the past nine years and knows the British design industry inside out.

Ben Fowler founded Fowler and Co in 1986. He runs a complete furniture design and manufacture service, from bespoke joinery to consultancy on architectural projects and product prototyping. The Fowler & Co portfolio includes Marks & Spencer’s best-selling Sonoma range as well as retail products for John Lewis, Habitat and Ercol.

Alex Hellum is a practising designer and maker, contributing products to Joined + Jointed, Heal’s, Ercol and more, and designing interiors and exhibitions. He came from Norway to study Furniture Design, at Buckinghamshire College (1991-1994), later renamed Bucks New University, followed by two years at the Royal College of Art (1994-1996). Alex then taught at Bucks New University until the Furniture Department closed in 2016. Now he is Senior Lecturer on the Product and Furniture Design course at Kingston School of Art, and also teaches at Nottingham Trent University on a weekly basis.

Lucy Kurrein studied furniture design at Buckinghamshire University where she graduated in 2007. After six years working between Matthew Hilton and PearsonLloyd, she set up her own design studio in London’s Docklands in 2013. Her first piece of furniture was taken on by SCP, after which she soon established herself in the industry through collaborations with international furniture producers. Lucy was awarded Homes and Gardens’ ‘Young Designer of the Year 2015’.

Simon Pengelly first studied furniture making in his father’s workshop from the age of 8, continuing his training at Rycotewood College and subsequently design at Kingston Polytechnic, graduating in 1988. Pengelly has run his own company for 25 years designing furniture and lighting for manufacturing and retail brands throughout the world. An award winning cabinet maker and designer, his work is known for its lightness of touch and clever engineering and straddles the boundaries between domestic and contract environments.

Factory Futon Company

Factory Futon Company

Factory Futon Company

The competition is open to undergraduate design students and graduates within a year of graduation attending any UK college or university. Students on an MA course may also enter.

All suitable entries will be carefully assessed and considered for production, and winners presented as a group. There will be an additional £1,000 cash prize for the best design and four runner-up prizes of £500 each as well as access to up-to-date facilities for production and the best materials to manufacture their design.

Additional winning designs will also be considered for production. If production then takes place they too will receive full commercial royalties.

Winning designs will be featured on the Futon Company website for as long as they are in production and on sale in UK stores. Copyright for the winning designs will revert to the designer when the product is no longer being produced and sold by Futon Company.

To enter see full details here


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