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Desixn discuss what visitors can expect to see on their stand at TENT London

September 5, 2014

TENT London 05 September 2014 Desixn Press ReleaseStand E26 |18-21 September 2014
Supported by KI Europe's KICKSTART programme

Desixn Studio are a collective of recent graduates from Bucks New University who have come together for Tent London 2014 where they will showcase their unique design talents. Each of the members of Desixn Studio have different approaches to the design process while sharing a commitment to quality, function and sustainability without compromising the aesthetics of a piece.

Brian Walsh one of the members from Desixn Studio commented: “Shelf life was created from the belief that an ever-changing 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 them.”

Rowena Dodd explained: “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.”

Michael Charlton also added: “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.”

Each of the six designers created products that reflected those areas, nomadic furniture, furniture for small spaces, British design identity, sustainable materials, and flat pack furniture. Some have engaged with the more traditional methods of manufacture whilst others with modern techniques. Traditional craft skills have been utilised in innovative ways, reimagining the way things can be built. Each designer has played with negative space and addressed the issue of sustainable design with the use of materials such as bamboo and cork. Many of the products that will be exhibited by Desixn were designed as a response to particular areas that graduates had chosen to investigate during their MA year.

About KI:
KI Europe is a local manufacturer of high quality furniture for workplaces and educational institutions. Bringing together good design, advanced engineering and sustainable resources, KI’s products are durable, flexible and offer excellent value. KI Europe is headquartered in London and is part of one of the world's largest independent furniture manufacturing groups, KI (Krueger International, Inc.).

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05 September 2014

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.
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