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Comments from Desixn Studio’s Six Graduate Designers

September 15, 2014

Supported by KI Europe's KICKSTART programme
Tent London, Stand E26, 18-21 September 2014


Desixn Studio’s designers share a belief in designing with integrity and passion. Their products demonstrate honest use of materials and great consideration towards function and users.

Tent London 2014 Desixn Ester Comunello Profile pic Ester Comunello
"The products I will show at Tent are part of a study about dexterity and craft. The idea was to create objects using simple assembly processes that are intuitively understood by the users, thereby encouraging both engagement and interaction from them.”
Tent London 2014 Desixn Michael Charlton Profile pic Michael Charlton
“I enjoy designing products that don't take themselves too seriously. The animals of Harley Common are one such product. Drinks coasters in the shape of woodland animals; an everyday product that makes people smile. I'm really looking forward to exhibiting at Tent, it will be a great experience, and hopefully I can get a bit of exposure.”
Tent London 2014 Desixn Rowena Dodd Profile pic Rowena Dodd
“Exhibiting at TENT will be an excellent chance to promote my designs to a much wider audience, particularly those within the design industry. The exposure afforded by this prestigious event will I hope lead to some interesting and exciting opportunities in the future. Both pieces Shag chair and Long&Short mirror, reference traditional elements set in different contexts. In the case of Shag I have used the old home craft of Rag Rugging as an alternative to standard upholstery techniques.

Likewise, Long&Short, a height adjustable mirror borrows from the counter balance principles of Sash windows. Techniques and systems that are deemed old fashioned can still, with a bit of imagination, enhance an essentially modern product.”
Tent London 2014 Desixn Linn Narane Profile pic Linn Narane
"I would like to express simplicity with my pieces. No unnecessary joints or components - simple low-tech engineering. Tent will give me the opportunity to launch my business and show my latest collection. I am hoping to get plenty of feedback from the visitors, connect with future clients and network with fellow designers.
Tent London 2014 Desixn Liz Ret Profile pic Liz Ret
“My work is inspired by living in a small space, and therefore storage acts as a secondary function to my products. I love to add colour to my furniture in order to accentuate character, form and meaning. Tent will be an opportunity for me to get feedback on my products, as well as meet people with a similar interest and passion for design.”
Tent London 2014 Desixn Brian Walsh Profile pic Brian Walsh
“Shelf life was created from the belief that an everchanging lifestyle, can put pressure on the function of a living space. With this in mind, I’ve designed a piece of furniture that can evolve and adapt to suit the needs of the user. Tent is an opportunity to gain feedback on my products, and see how the public interact with it.”


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For further information please contact:
Cherrill Scheer & Associates
Hille House
132 St Albans Road
Watford, Herts WD24 4AE
T: +44 (0)1923 242 769
F: +44 (0)1923 228 110
E: csa@hillehouse.co.uk

Editors Notes:

About KICKSTART
Committed to supporting British design and manufacturing, KI sponsors a number of initiatives under its KICKSTART programme. Since 2009 KI have been an ongoing sponsor of the Buckinghamshire New University MA Furniture Design Summer School, giving students a unique opportunity to work on a design brief co-written by KI, Italian furniture company Lago and Buckinghamshire New University. Traveling to Lago’s facilities in Cittadella, Italy, students gain a unique taste of employment as designers for a week. KI also recognises emerging talent through the Mixology Student Furniture Designer of the Year award, and participates in the apprenticeship scheme with groups of students visiting a number of KI’s factories around the UK.

About KI
KI UK is a wholly owned subsidiary of KI Inc (Krueger International) Founded in 1941 it is one of the world's largest independent furniture manufacturing groups employing over 3,500 people with its headquarters in Wisconsin, USA. KI produces high quality, durable furniture bringing together good design, advanced engineering and sustainable resources. KI is a recognised leader in the Business, Education, Healthcare and Government sectors.

KI's European headquarters is located at its central London Showroom and operations centre. Its factories are located in the UK.

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